Late April 2015 and Myself (Mr Chairman Michael ‘Skip’ Woods) and our Rides Coordinator (Chris ‘The Professor’ Shambrook) travelled to the sunny island of Majorca with plans for 4-days of cycling in good weather, which was rudely curtailed when Chris got a kidney infection whilst travelling out there and missed the first two days riding.
After a short 50 mile spin on day-1 when Chris’s health was a priority, the next day I took on the famous climb of Sa Calobra with its 26 hairpin bends and 10km of climbing at an average gradient of 7%.
What no-one previously told me was that in order to get to the top of Sal Calobra so you can descend then climb back up, you have to first climb 3500 feet in just 23 miles, from Puerto Pollensa, which as warm-ups go is pretty brutal in itself!
The descent down to the sea at Sa Calobra is amazing and scary, and the subsequent climb takes your breath away in more ways than one. It is not too steep but just goes on forever and thanks to pacing myself in the mid-day heat I managed to get up there bang-on the 1 hour I wanted to take, before enjoying the 23 mile downhill journey back to the hotel.
Friday saw Chris back on the bike and his version of taking it easy involved covering 72 miles and 2750 feet climbing at a 16.5 mph average. It did also include two coffee and food stops and lunch in the square at Petra which formed part of one of the most scenic rides I have ever done, Majorca is truly a beautiful island.
On the last day my dodgy knees had had enough so Chris went on a solo ride climbing up to the lighthouse at Formentor which was a 26 mile ride with 3000 feet of climbing with some spectacular coastal views, superb road surfaces and a ride that contains pretty much everything you want to challenge fitness and bike handling in one small package.
Despite the setback of Chris’s illness we had a great time and would recommend it to anyone as a cycling destination, we stayed in Puerto Pollensa which seemed to be a central point for other cyclists and has the required restaurants and bike shops anyone would need.