Sa Calobra summer cycling Mallorca
Summer’s in Mallorca for a few weeks already and with the intense heat not many people think of coming to the island for cycling holidays. Instead most visitors turn to the sea and enjoy some relaxing time under the Mediterranean sun in one of the many beaches and calas around the island, or one of the many yachts and boats that live or come to visit the island by the sea.
With Palma becoming such popular destination for sailing and yachting holidays in the Med, it has also become a great venue for sailing regattas such as the Palmavela, la Copa del Rey, and the TP 52 Super Series which we had this past week in Porto Portals.
Many of the professional yachtsmen who come racing on these regattas are keen cyclists and everyday they meet at dawn to go for a couple of hours rides before they go out sailing multiple races per day.
Having good friends on the boats we rode a couple of times with the boys this last week and there we organized a super Sunday Cycling daytrip along the coast so they would get to ride through other parts of the island which they don’t usually have time for, and of course cycling Sa Calobra and Puigmajor, the highest road in Majorca, with a great stop for lunch. We had a little taste of it last year when we organised an evening ride to Sa Calobra and stop in one of our favorite restaurants in Mallorca, Ca Na Toneta. You can read more about that ride here
An early start was required to avoid as much as possible of the summer heat and at 630 they were riding from Pollensa, along the quiet country roads leading to Caimari and the base of Col de Sa Bataia, the first climb of the day in the search of that very needed first coffee of the day only to find all coffee shops along the way still closed.
After Col de Sa Bataia, we made our way through Escorca and the stunning scenery with a cool breeze and very little traffic that allowed for some great descending and to enjoy these dramatic rugged landscape. Coffee shops at the Aqueduct and the noodle (top of Sa Calobra) still closed, we continued the whole way down to Sa Calobra where we manage to some liquid caffeine, finally.
Obviously the climb from Sa Calobra all the way to the top of Col de Reis was taken very seriously, Strava commitments of course, and with the sun already hard on their heads the boys had a blast smashing it the newly resurfaced downhill from Puigmajor into Soller, one of the best descents on of the island.
After Deia the last few Km were made a bit on the hard side with the blazing sun of a hot midday in July and already over 100 Km on their legs, but as a reward we had a great paella lunch made by Toni at his own vineyard Bodega Son Vives, the youngest winery in Mallorca where they’re recuperating their own local grape Malvasia.
Great ride, great bunch and great fun!