Routes for my friends
when you live in a nice place its strange how many friends you have with the urge to come and stay!
The first is obviously Cap Formentor including Talaia d'Albercutx, especially with it's new smooooth surface. We normally have coffee and a snack at the café at Formentor beach rather than at the lighthouse as you can sit outside under the trees looking over the amazing bay.
On a different day, then this slightly longer route makes an appearance that gives a good overview of what the Tramuntana has to offer as well as including the one climb everyone wants to do and by including some different lanes keeps us away from tour groups for a while - especially in April. 112km with 2500m of climbing.. Alcudia - Campanet - Coll de Sa Batalla - Sa Calobra - Coll de Femenia - Port Pollenca - Alcudia
So to start, we cut through the back lanes from the roundabout with the Niu Wave bicycle shop (where Pedro has very good deals on used bikes) and cafe (no stopping now even though they have an excellent pastry and cake selection) on the outskirts of Alcudia, go past the Pollenca golf course, the Monnaber Nou Hotel and onto Campanet with a coffee stop in the Campanet main square (all the cafés are great with a good selection of cake - do a café crawl - you owe it to yourself).
I choose to climb into the mountains via Caimari rather than return this way as the surface between Campanet and Caimari is not the best and I find it better going slightly up on this road than coming faster down wondering how strong carbon really is. Also, it is difficult to beat the rush coming down the fantastic surface on Coll de Femenia at full pelt trying not to touch the brakes and indulging my pet project of overtaking the poseurs on their Harley Davidson's through the sweeping corners.
Up Coll de Sa Batalla, then to the aqueduct, followed by up and down Coll dels Reis. Lunch stop with fresh sqeezed OJ is then at the aqueduct after completing the climb up from Sa Calobra if it is open, otherwise on the return we stop at the top of Coll de Sa Batalla before continuing down into Pollenca old town.
Now another choice, we either take the 4km each way addition and turn to Cala St Vicente for a real lunch stop, or head straight into Port Pollenca, stopping at Tolo's to see real cyclists or carry on into Alcudia old town and eat in the main square.
So Robyn, Sarah, Jason, Matthew, Joe, Adam, Andy, Lindsey and Eric you know what is waiting for you.
Drinks at the chillout in the evening afterwards? Sally & Louise are we just seeing you for drinks? No cycling? Hmmm!