By Chris Smith

Wednesday 25th April 2018

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Mallorca Routes

 


There are some great routes in Mallorca. We would describe it as a middle mountain region. The climbs top out at about 1200m, but with a great climate, butter smooth roads, mountains and the ocean, you can see why this is one of the most popualr places to ride in Europe. 

The light house run, also known as Cap de Formentor is a classic Mallorcan ride. An out and back from Port de Pollenca, it takes in the climb of Formentor with just under 300m of vertical gain, before steeply dropping down a couple of hair pin bends. You then follow a beautiful twisting and undulating road to the light house at the end. The views tease you, until you round the final corner, where the vista is spectacular. There is a cafe at the light house, just watch out for the goats!. The return is the same road, but it is amazing what else you see on your retun, and the descent down Formentor is one for those that like speed.   

Relive 'The Light House Run'

 

Click here for the GPX route 

 

The Sa Calobra is the climb that made Mallorca famous. Also known as the Serpent due to it's unique road layout, it was the training ground of choice for Bradley Wiggins and most other pros still test themselves on it during the winter months. The ride to get here takes in some amzing roads. You start by wiggling your way out of Port de Pollenca through the back roads past Pollenca, before turning a sharp right in the village of Caimari, from where you start the climb of the Coll de Sa Batalla. 576m and about 8km later of fairly steady gradient, you crest the top. Be careful not to mistake the false flat about 1km before the finish as the top though! There is also a Petrol Station here with a Cafe attached if refreshment is needed. You undulate and twist and turn along the road for 10km until you pass under a Viaduct. Swing right, climb a further 2km and then you descend down the Sa Calobra. Be careful of busses, especially on the turns, and take some time to enjoy the views! Once at the bottom, there is more oppotunity for refreshments, before you climb the 12km back to the viaduct. Retrace your steps and then take the Ma10 towards Pollenca. The road undulates for 5km or so, before all the hard work is repaid in spades with a great descent and finally a flat charge back to Port de Pollenca.

 

Relive 'Sa Calobra'

 

Click here for the GPX route

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