Friday, 13 April 2012

Cycling in Mallorca

Just come back from a great training camp/ beer fest in Mallorca. Had a great bunch of people from Rhos CC head out for company and we had a great time.
If you fancy heading to Mallorca for cycling, you won't be dissapointed there are some great mountain climbs as well as diverse flatter routes all within easy access. I recommend the North of the island. Puerto Pollenca is a beautiful seaside resort, nice and quiet with golden sandy beaches and plenty of good places to eat. Most importantly it is only 5 or 6 miles from the mountains.
The last two years we have stayed at the Pollenca Park Hotel. This place is awesome and caters for cyclists. It provides secure bike storage rooms, which saves lugging your steed to your room. Food is good, buffet breakfast with plenty to offer and if you eat there on the evening you'll find plenty of variety on the night time buffet. They'll even launder your bike kit for around €2!
Triathletes - there is some good running in the area with plenty of flat routes, either coastal or heading into the country lanes which are only 5 minutes from the hotel. There is an outdoor pool, 25m, which is quiet bracing at Easter time despite the good weather. There is a municipal pool just off Puerto Pollensa square, which is excellent. Very quiet and you usually get a lane to yourself, not bad for €4.
The first day you can always get a quick ride in. Do the Cap Formentor, a cracking ride of around 2 hours, great views with a little bit of climbing. Other highlights include the Sa Calobra clinb ( around a 60 mile ride) and a ride to Soller which is around 80 to 100 miles depending on which route you choose.

Yes, that's me at the back again!

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