Having covered just about every road in Majorca by bicycle, we are firmly of the opinion that some of the very best are to be found in the South West.
For sheer jaw dropping beauty, nothing can beat the coast road from Andratx to Soller. A smooth, winding road that is rarely flat takes you along cliff edges where the sea is ever present below you. There are stunning vistas at almost every corner. The only problem is that with too many stops for photos, we might be late for lunch!
It’s your holiday, your tour, so what do YOU prefer? We listen to our riders and can tailor the day’s ride to suit. Tired legs? We can schedule an easier day, with maybe a stop at the beach. Full of beans? We can make sure that you’ll be wanting a BIG dinner and an early night! In any case, despite the name Cyclespeed, we are NOT a training camp, and it’s all about the fun of riding, not racing.
There are famous hills and cols aplenty in this area, and other Majorca favourites like Sa Calobra are still within reach. We can also easily access the South East where the roads are much flatter and seaside routes are very scenic and each 10km or so brings you to another picturesque village.
It is quite surprising how within just a few kms of Palma centre, you are out in open space, with punchy hills beckoning in all directions.
We will make various cafe stops at the best places, and aim to be at restaurants for lunch at around 13h.
Your guide will be Jean Sebastian Abbal, plus one other. Jean Seb is something of a legend in cycle guiding circles, having spent many years on the job. He is also a qualified cycle trainer so any questions, feel free to ask. He is fluent in French, Spanish and English.
It’s no fun being laden with jackets, drinks, food, tools, etc. so backup in the form of a van is provided so that you don’t need to carry excess weight. And in the case of a puncture or breakdown, we will be there to help, as every member of Cyclespeed is skilled in cycle maintenance.
Rider fitness does of course vary, but no-one gets left behind. We will tailor the rides to take account of everyone’s level, and if really necessary split into two groups. But be advised that Majorca is hilly, and a good base level of fitness is essential. Generally speaking we would expect to do anything between 60 and 130km per day, but this is open to customer input; if the consensus is less hills, we’ll head for the flats. More coffee stops? We’ll head for the villages.
We can arrange bike hire for you so that your bike will be waiting for you upon arrival. Bike quality is excellent; carbon frames, Di2, etc. Prices are very reasonable, please ask.
We will generally leave by 10am at the latest, and return anytime between 2 and 4 pm.
We will also film and photograph key points of each ride and you will be able to access these images upon your return home.
@ The best routes on the best roads
@ Stunning scenery
@ Rides tailored to the customer’s wishes
@ Vehicle backup
@ Photos and videos of your ride
@ Tasty cafe stops
@ Cycling tips from experts; position, style, equipment, etc.
AN IDEA OF WHAT YOUR CYCLING WEEK WILL LOOK LIKE
This is just sample idea and actual riding will be dictated by customer preference, weather and fitness levels. If necessary, we will have two groups, one at 20 – 25km/h, the other at 25-30km/h.
60 to 90km – Warming up – A fairly easy ride out NW towards Puigpunyent, then to Calvia and Es Capdella and back to Palma via the coastal resorts. 900m climbing
70 to 100km – To Esporles via the col de es Grau, visit to Valedemossa and return to Palma, 1100m climbing
80 to 110km – A flatter ride East out of Palma past the beaches, on to Cala Blava and Cala Pi and returning via the small lanes around Llucmajor. 600m climbing.
100 to 130km – The big one. Heading off to Andratx, then start climbing up to Estellencs, through Banyalbufar, over Col de Claret and down into Deia and Soller, returning via the Col de Soller. 2000m climbing.
80 to 100km. Possibility of taking our transport to Selva and doing Sa Calobra, via the Col de Sa Batalla. 1500m of climbing.