20160507 From The States To Mallorca 1

Day 1

Another exciting cycling week with Mallorca Cycling Tours and clients from a variety of places, as far away as Aspen, Colorado!  We started the week with a slight delay and change of plan due to morning rain, so Petra became a spin round Llubi and a cake stop in Muro.IMG_5118 IMG_5119IMG_5122

And Kinetic Velo superstar Ben Price, the day after the leg straining Mallorca 312km!  Most people would have stayed in bed to recover!IMG_5121

Quick look at the relaxing view at the top of Muro before a gentle ride back.IMG_5125


Day 2

A windy day but blue sky made for a great day out to Randa!IMG_5126

Out via Pollenca, Sa Pobla, Sineu with a quick coffee in Algaida.

Then we took the little known back lane up to the start of climbing through Randa and the Cura climb.IMG_5128 IMG_5129

Photos at the top and then back via Montuiri and a lunch stop at Sineu, before cutting across the Marshes to Alcudia and the Port.IMG_5131


Great pace into the crosswind!  Watch out for the crazy photographer, he keeps appearing all over the place! Oh it’s Tony!!IMG_5144

Post ride drinks at Pro Cycle Hire!


Day 3 Sa Calobra

Before embarking on day 3, I have to admit to an enjoyable refuelling last night at Sea Bar Is, with a beautiful view of the bay as the sun was setting. Here’s the cake, not the view!IMG_5146

So today was Sa Calobra. Clear blue sky and warmer.

IMG_5148 IMG_5162Straight up from Pollenca, quick coffee at the Petrol Station and then traverse across to the Coll de Reis before dropping down the iconic descent.

I went down slightly ahead to take some GoPro footage and photos.IMG_5180

Ben demonstrating good cornering technique.


IMG_5185All safely down, no group photo as they were so keen to tackle the climb back up, so a quick me only photo.
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I undertook last man up, as we like to ensure we don’t lose riders going up or down!  Great ascent today, not too busy, warm, with a breeze and enough bikes around to motivate you!  No rest at the top and straight back to the Petrol station and down to Caimari for lunch at the Sports Centre.IMG_5204

Sun trap, food, drink and resting of the legs before the hour back via Campanet, the bumpy hill and Campanet Lane.

IMG_5205 IMG_5206All back safely and a great day out!  Wednesday will be a rest(ish) day with a trip to Petra.


Day 4 Petra

Today was a planned easy day due to probable bad weather Friday, so we may be missing that one out.  Thursday will be in the Mountains again, so today is keeping the legs moving but not getting overtired!IMG_5218

Out via the coastal route and then up the stair case of climbs before dropping into Petra for drinks.  As we had a few frisky riders, we added in a quick loop to Bonany for some more climbing.IMG_5221

Those that ventured!IMG_5224

Petra CakeIMG_5226

Ben Price, posing!IMG_5227 IMG_5228

Post ride relaxing.     All ready for Thursday!


Day 5

Today was back in the mountains! We decided on a routing up from the Lluc side of the Puig and a return via Santa Maria but as we had already climbed from Pollenca, we would start the days climbing up from Caimari.  No photos for the first part of the ride as I was late for departure and had to chase to catch the 1st group! Oh well nice steady start – Not, at 23mph av until I caught them along Shampoo Valley. We regrouped at the top of Coll de sa Batalla (up 386m to 576m over 7.9km at 5%) with a coffee and cake before resuming across to Gorge Blau.  One holdup with a coach stuck for a few mins, so quick picture.IMG_5242

From Gorg Blau, great views with the clear blue skies and quietish roads.IMG_5244IMG_5254 IMG_5259 IMG_5264

So complete the last upward effort – up 235m from 615m to 850m over 5km at 5.2%.IMG_5266 IMG_5268

Stop for regrouping on the lower side of the tunnel, gilets on and then enjoy the descent down to Soller!IMG_5269

Regroup at the bottom, refill bottles and tackle the last climb of the day, Coll de Soller up 417m to 497m over 7.3km at 6%.  Great achievement for everyone as it had been a tough week. Lots of relief and smiles!

IMG_5288Down to Bunyola and we managed to capture – Guide extraordinaire of the week – “Pistol” Pete, sweeping round a corner on the descent with the Support vehicle in hot pursuit!IMG_5290

Quick lunch stop – well, cake and Laccao for me!  Is that a disapproving glance that I’m receiving!  Resume riding and we had 2 hrs back into a headwind… Just what you want after all the climbing!IMG_5294

Last 4km round the bay…

The return went smoothly and with everyone back safely at the Hotel, it ended a week of personal bests on the climbs for those who had been before, benchmarks to return and better for the first timers!


The recovery drinks – just like the Pro’s!


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