Cycling in Majorca
My first trip to Majorca was in 2009 and though I was an avid cyclist I was somehow unaware of the opportunity that existed there. I have since been back on average twice a year and though I’m the least spiritual person you are ever likely to meet I am definitely closer to god when I’m there!
It is my favourite place in the world; the climate, the bike hire, the roads, the climbs, the cafes and restaurants, great accommodation options and short flight. Pretty much every ‘knob’ is turned up to ten.
We always stay in the north east of the island, in and around Pollenca and Port de Pollenca — the terrain map above shows why! There is a relatively flat 10km warm-up heading west out on the MA-10 towards the hills or there is ample, very pleasant and less challenging riding heading south for the ‘rest’ days.
On my first trip I packed up my bike and took it on the flight. That was the last time — not least as in trying to remove my pedals I gouged a big hole in my arm which required a trip to A&E and some stitches.
The bike hire on the island is excellent. There are two businesses that I use, both based in Port de Pollenca.
Pro Cycle Hire
These guys are part of the fabric of my holiday and they rent high quality, very well serviced bikes for around 40–50 euros per day.
We have over 20 bike models to choose from, stocking the very best road bikes available from four fantastic brands, and…www.procyclehire.com
However, if you have the budget I can also recommend Pinarello Experience. For 80 euros a day you can hire a top of the range Dogma equipped with Dura Ace. I do not have the vocabulary to describe what it is about these bikes that make them so good, but despite enormous expectation every time I get on one again somehow that expectation is exceeded afresh. Simply the Dogma F8 is a qualitatively better bike than anything I’ve ridden before.
Hire the World's Best Pinarello Carbon Road Bike's including the F8, Marvel & Razha in Mallorca, based in Pollensa…www.pinarelloexperience.com
Coll de Femenia
There is nothing like getting an early start, roads completely empty apart from the odd goat, with the sun rising. The photographs never do it justice but the views back over the valley towards the see are amazing.
I have have to see a photograph that does this road justice. This road should not have been built, but wow, it’s a roller-coaster for cyclists.
Coll de Soller
And just look at the view from the top back over the south of the island.
Cap de Formentor
Restaurants and Cafes
Tolos Cafe (Port de Pollensa)
The perfect spot for a coffee before meeting up with the family at Stay (below). They have a bunch of Bradley Wiggins memorabilia and I think it’s his favourite place in Port de Pollenca.
Stay (Port de Pollensa)
And the ideal lunch after an early start and 6 hours of mountains in the legs. Mixed seafood platter, house rose and sparkling water.
Cappucino (Port de Pollenca)