What a Vuelta Belter…

Updated: May 16, 2018

With less than eleven days to go until the annual Mallorca 312 and the improved weather conditions the Tramuntana has seen the much expected influx of eager cyclists! For my part I needed not only to register in excess of 160km on Strava but to ensure I climbed at least 2,500m all within an 8 hour time frame  -  this would go some way to replicating the distance and climbing I would experience on the 167 (the junior distance on the 312). The weather conditions were perfect, sunny with a slight breeze as I rode out of Binissalem towards the southerly end of Alcudia Bay and then past Pollenca and up the steady climb of the Coll de Femenia. This will be a challenge on the day of the 312 given that all 8,000 riders will be starting at the same time and hitting the first climb of the day en masse.

The petrol station coffee stop at the Coll de sa Batalla was an opportunity to indulge myself with a freshly baked granola bar based on Julie B’s renowned recipe, currently with sole distribution rights given to Cycle Planet in Alaro, a sure way to pump in 1000 calories of nuts, oats, honey and assorted dry fruits. Duly refuelled I began the climb up around Gorg Blau and up Cuber, through the dark dripping tunnels and then a speedy decent down the Puig.

Getting tired, the climb upto Deia seemed tough, forgetting that I had already cycled over 112Km, however a perfect coffee stop and another granola bar saw me sufficiently replenished to make it to Valdemossa and back home, completing 163km and 2,678 m elevation.

A great day out with plenty of fellow cyclists to watch, compete and engage with, however roadside ambulances were also out in force attending to at least 6 cyclist incidents… Mindfulness on Mallorca’s roads is the responsibility of both cyclists and motorists. Let’s jointly help to keep Mallorca as the greatest cycling destination in the world!