Why Mallorca for a bike trip?
Mallorca is an absolute paradise for road riding cyclists. Ok it is pretty good for mountain biking and all sorts of other things, but for a road cyclist – looking for some amazing group riding, Mallorca is tops.
Where is Mallorca?
Mallorca is a Spanish island and the largest of the Balearic Islands, an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea, approximately 90 km off the coast of Spain. Ferries to Mallorca leave from Barcelona, (but take the plane.) The island’s capital city, Palma de Mallorca, has a population of 200,000. During cycling season 30,000 cyclists are on the island enjoying the best of the best.
How do we get there?
Boulevard Travel can suggest various routes to get to Palma (PMI), our rendez-vous point. There are no direct flights to Palma from North America so a connection is required in any of the major centres in Europe.
Where is our Hotel?
For the duration of the trip, our group stays at the Esmeralda Park Hotel in Cala d’Or (Spanish for “Gold Cove”), a small town on the southeast coast of the island, about a 45-minute bus ride from the airport. We run day trips but return to our homebase every night. Lots of time to hang and relax.
Do I need to be a professional cyclist?
Definitely not. We cater to a varied group of cyclists; everyone from the intermediate level cyclist to the seasoned expert is welcome. We help build everyone’s group riding skills.
How far will we ride?
There are 7 days of riding available in our 10-day trip. We schedule 7 rides and suggest a rest day (although some choose to cycle even on the days off and others take more days off.)
Daily, riders are divided into groups based on their cycling ability or energy level that day.
Each group is lead by our expert guides. You may opt to join Groupo Relaxo, or set off with GroupoRapido in search of that epic ride, or choose something in between and head out with Groupo-Not-So-Relaxo.
Everyone is given a map and told the day’s route, but our objective for each ride is to cycle together as a group and improve your group riding skills. We adopt an ‘All for one and one for all’ approach to group riding.
Groupo Relaxo: 40 – 60 km a day, with coffee stops, sightseeing, lunch and breaks.
Groupo-Not-So-Relaxo: 60 – 100 km a day, going a little further and a little faster, but is still looking for the best café con leche and a break or two.
Groupo-Rapido: 80 – 140 km a day. The emphasis here is on a controlled, smooth group working together to improve riding skills and put in the miles. Brief coffee breaks are common.
Will we run out of roads in 10 days?
Mallorca has thousands of kilometres of cycling-friendly roads through varied terrain, from switchbacked 12-km climbs to rolling lanes through the orchards. From our base in Cala d’Or we set out for day trips. We use a bus to transport the group to the far sides of the island for remote starts. We will explore the entire island but still won’t have time to see it all.
What gears do I need?
Mallorca has something for every cyclist. Mountains along the west coast, rolling groves and orchards in the central region, and on the east coast, flat shore roads along beaches. We recommend a 39 X 27 for Groupo Rapido and perhaps a 39 X 28 for Group Relaxo. The island’s old mountains roads were built well before the advent of the automobile and designed to ease the burden of work animals carrying loads to higher elevations –they are not as steep as they are long. It is always better to have the smaller gears and not use them than to find yourself wishing you had them with 5 km left to go before the summit.
Do I bring my own bike or should I rent?
If you choose to bring your own bike we will give you useful tips on how to safely pack it. The airlines allow you to take 2 pieces of luggage. The bike in a box counts as one. You may also choose to rent a bike. Our hotel is equipped with top-of-the-line road bikes for rent. These bikes are available for rent at a cost of $275 Cdn. for a 10-day trip. Rentals are Shimano Ultegra equipped GIANT or STEVENS bikes with compact cranks to get you up all the hills. Most guests rent bikes and save the hassle of traveling with your bike. By day 3 you will want to bring the bike home.
What services are offered?
Our package price does not include airfare.
You will be met at the airport and shuttled to and from the hotel.
The rooms are beautiful with kitchenettes, living space and balconies. You will be provided breakfastand dinner buffets.
Everyone will receive a special cycling jersey.
You are responsible for your lunches and booze.
All mechanical services are provided along with expert group leaders.
There are no sag wagons, we leave as a group and get home as a group.
We run clinics on group riding and technique. A skills clinic on descending switchback roads will be given before our first mountain day.
There are bank machines and car rental outlets located very close to the hotel.
What about meals and accommodations?
The hotel is made up a series of three-storey buildings centered around the main reception, bar and dining room. The rooms are suites, complete with kitchenettes, living area, television and balcony. Our package price is based on double occupancy, with a single room supplement costing $400 Cdn.
A breakfast (08h00 10h00) and dinner (18h00 20h30) buffet is available daily. We will enjoy an evening out in a local restaurant for a special evening.
What is a typical day like?
A typical day looks a bit like this:
07h30 – morning stretch on the beach
08h00 – generous buffet breakfast
10h00 – group ride departs
10h01 – 16h00 ride, coffee, ride, laugh, ride, pee break, coffee, check out the scenery, ride, stop for lunch and superb cafe con leche, ride, ride, ride, joke, ride, more cafe con leche, ride, ride back to Cala d’Or
16h00 – 18h00 happy hour
20h00 – 21h00 delicious buffet dinner followed by group meeting
21h00 – 07h30 choose any of the following: evening walk, talk, early to bed, out for a beer, out to dance, just plain out, way out, karaokee, take in (sometimes corny) hotel entertainment, talk about the great day you just had.
Is this trip for me?
It sure is. Mallorca has become a mecca for European cyclists seeking spring warmth, great roads, and thousands of fellow cyclists. We are delighted to introduce Canadians to this wonderful cycling destination. In short if you’re a cyclist looking to get a great jump on the cycling season with quality group cycling in unforgettable surroundings, then this is the trip for you.
Want to book? Contact Kim Nguyen at Boulevard Travel and she can arrange your booking with you.