In 2019 I am offering a five-day guided riding option at nplus1bicycles.com.
The five rides I did this year to complete the Rapha Festive 500 represent the kind of routes that can be put together to give visitors a true flavour of what Mallorca has to offer cyclists. Each day I visited a different area and enjoyed cafe con leche in typical Mallorcan villages. These rides, done over five days, would offer a good challenge to the committed rider.
All my rides started and ended in Pollença, home of n+1 Bicycles, but could be adjusted to suit your location.
On the first day I rode out to the lighthouse at Cap de Formentor, an iconic location in Mallorca and one of the most scenic coffee stops. This ride was 70 km with 1,335 m of elevation gain – a good warm-up for day two.
The second ride took me up the Tramuntana to Port de Sa Calobra, a spectacular location and fabulous route – 96.5 km, 2,362 m of elevation gain, including the Coll de Sa Batalla, Coll dels Reis and Coll de Femenia. The road down to the Port is renowned and a must-do on most cyclists’ itineraries.
The third ride was out through the rolling farmlands to Mare de Déu de Cura, a nice little climb and good lunch stop – 135.4 km, 1,437 m elevation gain. The route went through the characterful small towns of Búger, Llubi, Sineu, Algaida, Randa, Montuiri, Sant Joan, Petra, Santa Margalida to the North East coast and back to Pollença via Playa de Muro and Alcudia.
On my fourth ride I visited the Orient, a small remote village flanked by the Serra d’Alfabia – 127.7 km with 1,448 m elevation gain. I think the best way to visit the Orient is to climb from Bunyola and the Coll d’Honor, descending towards Alarò. Homeward was along the Carrer Baronia de Terrades, a great little country road, well surfaced, through vineyards, orchards and fields full of seasonal vegetables, for a beer in the town square of Sa Pobla, one of my favourite watering holes.
My final ride was out to the North East to Artà – 125.4 km and 1,071 m elevation gain. A possible addition to this route is a visit to the Ermita de Betlem, a gloriously isolated spot with a tiny road and climb to the old hermitage, with views of the Badia d’Alcudia, next to the Parc Natural de la Peninsula del Llevant.
These five days of riding, totalling 550 km, represent a good varied introduction to cycling in Mallorca. I completed the routes at a leisurely pace, leaving time for a coffee and lunch – a pace that make it possible to enjoy the scenery and the journey through this beautiful landscape.
These routes, or similar alternatives that you may want to choose, would suit anyone who has a decent level of fitness and rides a bike on a fairly regular basis.
My bikes are ideal for the Mallorcan terrain, have a very smooth, yet sporty character, and are great for long days in the saddle with a minimum of fatigue.
This five-day guided option is available for people renting one of my bikes, mixed groups also including riders on their own or alternative rental bikes, or purely as a guiding service. Please contact me with your details and expectations, and I will put together a bespoke offer for you.