Anyone cycled in Majorca?

by sm   September 11, 2013  

Looking for some advice on a couple of things:

- Water. Now I know the water in Majorca don't taste like it oughta, so I assume I need to pop into shops mid ride to top up - I'm guessing such shops are few and far between in the mountains?

- Bike thieves - if I am popping into shops will I need to lock the bike? Are shop owners friendly if I take a bike in? Might need to learn Spanish for "I won't be a minute."

- Route recommendations welcome. I've got most of the big climbs planned and cannot wait.

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There's a cafe at the top of Feminia and Sa Batailla, at a junction, which is slightly set down from the road called can gallet which gives you free water and has decent food and other drinks, not expensive either.

Otherwise there are quite a few cafes at the top of each of the climbs, including two at the top of sa calobra ( although one is just before the top you can always ride back to it, the other one you have to descend a bit down the other side.

In terms of security a lot of places have bike stands out side so I tended to keep an eye on the bike the whole time, it would be fairly obvious if someone was fiddling with it. Like anything though its better locked so if you take a little cable lock that you can loop on through the bike and on the rack it wont go anywhere

You'll have a great time, such fantastic riding out there: there's a bit of info on my site
www.routederoute.co.uk

posted by tommygarland [16 posts]
11th September 2013 - 9:01

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When I cycled in Majorca this summer I just stopped at a couple of cafes for coffee and asked them to fill my water bottle. I would recommend taking 2 bottles with you in case you are caught short and can't find anywhere to fill up.

As Tommy suggested, take a light weight bike lock with you too.

posted by Marauder [235 posts]
11th September 2013 - 9:04

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Shop owners, drivers etc all very cyclist friendly. I've clacked round quite a few Eroski's (Mallorcan s'markets)in cleats after leaving the bike at the till which noone minded.
In terms of routes etc be handy to know where you are based?

posted by alexjones5 [17 posts]
11th September 2013 - 12:21

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Thanks all, very helpful (nice site tommyg).

I'll take a couple of big bottles as you say. Based in Puerto Pollensa and will stick to the mountains/big hills for 3-4 days with a day on the flat to recover/change the pace.

Hoping to get out early but don't mind riding through 30 degrees, quite looking forward to it in fact, just need to be careful with water and sun screen.

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posted by sm [329 posts]
11th September 2013 - 20:48

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From Puerto Pollenca a beautiful ride is to head to the Formentor lighthouse for sunrise - road is awesome down to the posh hotel about 1/2 of the way along but it then gets rougher but the views are well worth it.

Other than that the usual culprits such as Sa Calobra which is easily accessible from where you are, an all day ride over Puig Major, lunch in Port Soller, over the Col de Soller and back on the flat through Inca with the usual tailwind is a stunner. Cafe stop at the top of Col de Soller with views down to Palma is amazing.

Have a great time, its stunning.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1076 posts]
11th September 2013 - 21:18

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As above. Lighthouse ride is good.

Tapas place in Puerto Pollensa called Neptuno is good and cheap. Recommend the deep fried whitebait. Awesome.

Very hot though so two big'uns is needed. I bought water, but i'm prone to stomach infections.

posted by smiley_boy2501 [22 posts]
11th September 2013 - 22:05

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Wow brilliant one and all. I now have the beginnings of an itinerary and a desire to eat whitebait right now - Neptuno, you've made the list!

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posted by sm [329 posts]
12th September 2013 - 6:52

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I'd do the bike ride listed above the other way round. Start on the flat kind of in a Palma direction. Turn to Soller going over the Col, this is the more iconic side, often known as mini alpe d'huez as there are loads of switchbacks to the top. Great descent then down to Soller. Lunch in the Port then over the Puig Major. This side is the 16k climb that all the pro's use as a test in winter. Once through the small tunnel at the top it's mostly down hill to Pollenca (although you could tag a drop and climb of Sa Collobra if you're feeling good!)
Enjoy Smile

posted by alexjones5 [17 posts]
12th September 2013 - 8:51

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Thanks for all the tips above. Brilliant week of cycling in the sun. Alex - I did the route your way on mu first day - ouch - needless to say I did not drop down to Sa Calobra!

If anybody wants any routes you can find them here: http://humancyclist.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/cycling-in-majorca/

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posted by sm [329 posts]
28th September 2013 - 17:39

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Glad you enjoyed it. Read the blog, great writing mate, I'm looking forward to the next update

posted by alexjones5 [17 posts]
30th September 2013 - 13:43

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Recently back from there - great riding. This site is worth a read: http://mallorcacycling.co.uk/

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posted by marcelrutte [17 posts]
30th September 2013 - 13:46

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