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Mallorca is where Team Sky choose for their training camps and it’s easy to see why. Beautiful roads, spectacular climbs and great climate combine to make Mallorca a really special place to cycle. Our Vuelta a Mallorca includes many of the classic climbs, including Sa Calobra, Cap de Formentor and Puig Major, not to mention some classic Mediterranean hospitality.
You’ll be based in the picturesque town of Pollensa, with its Roman bridge, the famous Calvario steps and 13th century Templar architecture. The town is located on the North East coast, in the heart of prime cycling territory near Cap de Formentor. Our accommodation is a stunning luxury villa close to the centre of town with a pool, games room and chef. From there we’ll set out each day to discover why this island has cyclists flocking back every year.
The daily rides will be tough and rewarding with the evenings given over to recovery dips, massages, refreshments and 5* gastronomy.
We fly into Palma de Mallorca on Wednesday afternoon/evening. A forty minute drive to the mountainous north of the island takes us to our villa in Pollensa to relax and prepare for three-and-a-half days of fabled cycling experiences.
We start with a 128 km circular route through some of the island’s most charming stone-clad towns and villages. It’s a hilly ride through the breath-taking scenery, ascending and descending 2,550 metres steadily throughout the day. The steepest climb of the day averages 6% over 13km, around Puig Major, Mallorca’s highest mountain, which stands at 1,445 metres.
We’ll have lunch in the town of Soller, famous for its orange groves, olive oil and home-grown Mediterranean produce. Finally, we’ll stop off at the 13th century Lluc Monastery, nestled in the majestic Tramuntana mountains, before commencing our descent along the vineyards and olive groves back to Pollensa.
Brace yourself for one of the most mythical rides on the planet. Sa Calobra, meaning ‘The Snake’ in Mallorcan Catalan, is a tiny old port at the mouth of the spectacular Torrent de Pareis gorge.
The only way to reach it on wheels is to brave the 26 hairpin bends to the bottom, including the ‘nus de la corbata’ or ‘tie-knot’, where the road loops back on itself. As you’re hurtling downhill towards the sea, remember that you’ll be coming back up the same way – 10 km with an average gradient of 7% (reaching 14% in parts).
All told, we’ll clock 94 km there and back from Pollensa.
Today we start in Port d’Andratx and ride 130km route back to Pollensa, taking on 3,100 metres of elevation. We ride across the entire Tramuntana mountain range, passing through numerous points of outstanding beauty, from the dramatic cliffs of Banyalbufar, to the fairytale village of Valldemossa.
On our last day, we’ll tackle 77.5 km around the glorious bay of Pollensa. First we’ll do a short climb to the top of La Victoria, a wonderful old hermitage with great coffee and 360 views. It’s only 1.3 km, but with a 9%+ average gradient.
Then we return along the bay road and around onto the stunningly beautiful Formentor peninsula, where we navigate another hilly route all the way to the lighthouse.
By the time we get back to Pollensa we’ll have done 1,700 metres of elevation in a morning, bringing our cumulative elevation for the trip to nearly 10,000 metres!
Dates: spring 2020 (tbc)
Expert planning and unique routes designed by local rider
Elite local guide rider
Sunday morning ride with local club
Accommodation in luxury villa in Pollensa
Breakfast and on the road nutrition
Support vehicle and mechanic
Overnight bike check and basic maintenance
Single room supplement £200.
Non-cycling partner supplement £250.
NB. Flights, lunches & dinners not included.
Bike courier service
Bike box hire