Rookie mistakes to avoid in Mallorca
Improve your Mallorca cycling trip with these tips
1. Don’t sleep late.
Why miss out on the even quieter roads and mirror calm conditions? One of the most common Mallorca cycling mistakes is to sleep late and not make the most of those perfect mornings. Even during the peak seasons it is still possible to have the roads to yourself if you are out and about before 9 in the morning.
2. Don’t miss riding the best cycle route in Mallorca.
The coastal and forest route from Andratx back to Port de Pollença is a joy. If this was the only cycle route you had to ride for the rest of your life, it would still be a pleasure. Enough scenery, climbing and excellent little cafés to keep you busy whether you choose the 115km or 162km return ride. Tough but brilliant. A common Mallorca cycling mistake is to avoid this ride for fear of not being fit enough. Are you not fit enough? Then get fit enough!
3. Don’t treat the road surfaces as you do in your home country.
Here, the surfaces are wonderfully smooth, but have a higher granite content to help deal with the hot weather. This sometimes makes the roads slippery even if there is no moisture about. Take a little extra care when cycling in Mallorca and you will be able to appreciate how brilliant the roads are without getting a too close look at how good they are!
4. Don’t miss riding out to Cap Formentor.
Regularly ranked in the top 20 routes in the world, this very scenic and slightly hilly ride out to the lighthouse on the most northern point of Mallorca is excellent. Use it as a first day or a last day ride, as a leg loosener or as a reason to come up from where you are staying in the South. Any reason will do.. If you have the legs, take the extra spin up to Talaia d’Albercutx for views including Formentor (and on clear days as far as Barcelona).
5. Don’t miss out riding Sa Calobra.
This world class climb is a must do for any keen road cyclist and whether you you choose to ride there and back or take the Sa Calobra Express one way to conquer this Cat 1 mountain with fresh legs for a PB , make sure you do it. This climb is reason enough to come cycling in Mallorca in the first place, and will stay in your memory for years, whether that recollection will be for the winding road and scenery or for the achievement probably depends on your fitness 🙂
6. Don’t forget to buy bike rescue.
Sh*t happens, usually at the least opportune time. When bike or body break down, Mallorca Bicycle Rescue save you time and frustration by getting you speedily back to where you are staying or to the nearest bike shop, your choice. Murphy’s law and all that. Don’t be that person that holds up the group – everyone’s time here is precious.
7. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen.
Chances are very high that you are going to spend a lot of time outdoors whilst you are here. The amazing routes, surfaces and climbs make sure of that. With an average of 308 sunny days a year beating down onto your skin, it deserves to be protected. 30% of visiting cyclists have some sort of heat stroke during their trip out here, so it is worth taking care to limit your downtime.