Spring in our pedals...

This first week of Spring has seen a positive change in the weather enabling the 312 training to recommence with vengeance. Following a wet weekend those cycling tourists left with only one or two days left of their trip flocked onto the roads to enjoy the sunshine and relatively clear skies. Not that the roads along the Tramuntana were completely dry, the temperature uplift meant the snow melt gave rise to areas of flooding and torrents of water down a number of mountain roads.

My wife’s breakfast of porridge, fruit, nuts and almond milk provided the perfect start to the climb through Caimari and up to the Coll de sa Batalla where there was almost a festival atmosphere around the café and petrol station from cyclists finally out on their bikes in the sun. Cycling up and under the viaduct, it felt odd to not be tackling Sa Calobra but I had to be in Port de Soller for lunch, so I headed around the Gorg Bleu and up to the top of the Puig Major. Not before taking in the beauty of seeing the lakes full of water for a change and then passing the last of the snow on the edge of the road…

A naturally cautious descender, the still damp roads hampered my speed of descent down the Puig, but I was appreciative of my leggings and cold weather gear, some of those passing me at speed must have suffered in their bare legs and arms! My Soller lunch was really enjoyable and whilst the summer tourists had yet to arrive, the Albatros Bar provided the perfect rest and refuelling post, as well as meeting up with Nik, a fellow cyclist, who runs a fascinating company called “Based on a True Story”.

Back on the bike I headed up the beautiful coastal road to Deia intending to reach Esporles, however my bottom bracket took on a serious groaning so Valdemossa was as far as I got (or was it as far as I wanted to go?). On the road home from S’Esgleita I was accompanied by a Spanish lady who seemed comfortable on my back wheel managing her social life on her mobile. Needless to say I was obviously trying to impress her as I recorded my fastest time back to Binissalem. Well done to Alberto at Cycling Planet for a great job repairing my bearings ready for the next outing in under an hour.


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