PV CYCLOG 18.05.2018


The benefits of “Prohibit Bicicletes” from the Soller Tunnel

The free use of the Soller tunnel last year came as a bit of a surprise given the cost of maintenance and the opportunity to generate much needed cash to support road and utilities infrastructure for the towns and villages in the region that come under so much tourist pressure in the summer. However this mattered little to cyclists who are barred from using the tunnel and have to endure the 5km climb to the top of the Col de Soller. Endure may have been the word I used when I first came to the island, but I am pleased to announce that this Col is now in my top 5 climbs on the island. Most motorists have no idea what they are missing and in fact the free toll has ensured that all bar a few cars remain in the darkness of the tunnel…

Whilst this is a gentle climb at just under 500m, there are some interesting turns and views back into Palma, and at 5km distance invites a healthy sprint between fellow riders. At the top there is always a gathering outside the Ca’n Topa - the perfect cyclist’s café run by Paula and Damian.

Refuelled and energised at the top of the Col you descend into Soller ready to take on anything that the Tramuntana offers whether it’s going South West to Deia or North East up the Puig Major…


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