Over the winter we hatched a plan for a cycling training camp to better prepare for some of the cyclo-sportive events we have entered this year. Our experiences in last year’s Etape Du Tour made this an imperative. We chose Mallorca as the location for our training camp. This choice really was a no-brainer. Mallorca has become a cycling hot-spot in recent years and it is easy to see why. It is located in the Balearic Islands which guarantees mild-to-hot weather all year round and is just a two-hour flight from the UK.
Port De Alcúdia.
We chose the historic northern town of Alcúdia as the base for our training camp and two villas were rented for the duration of our training camp. It is a pity we did not find the time to explore this town’s rich culture and heritage. The historic center of Alcúdia is enclosed by Mallorca’s only entirely preserved town wall which was erected in the 14th century by King Jaume II to protect Alcúdia’s inhabitants.
Pollensa and the Port de Pollensa were all just a few kilometers from our villas and we did not fully explore them either.
We arrived on the Thursday and settled in (there was just the two of us in Villa 1 as most of our friends would be arriving the following day), settings up our bikes and exploring our base for the next few days. My buddy had the new Trek Madone with its uber-complicated brakes and he could not get them working properly. Two trips and 3 hours spent in a bike shop still could not sort them out properly. He would have to ride the bike like that for the entire trip.
Rain had been forecast for Friday and Saturday and the rain duly arrived on cue. This was quite ironic as we sought warmer, sunnier climes in Mallorca and the weather was much better in the UK we just left. Sigh. While some of us ventured out in the rain on Friday, this was emphatically not why we had come to Mallorca. We had lined up proper rides for each day which took in the most famous and iconic climbs in Mallorca such as the Sa Calobra, the Puig Major (The Big Pig), Orient, Soller and the Cap Formentor climbs.
We would not tackle to Sa Calobra on this trip. Another item for the Mallorca 2019 itinerary.
Port de Pollensa Beach, North Mallorca.
We did manage to visit this lovely long blue flag beach at Port de Pollensa. It is nearly 1.5kms long and there are many lovely cafes and restaurants along it. It is easily one of the most beautiful areas in all of Mallorca. Sadly we did not manage to explore the historical town of Pollensa itself which was a mere 6kms west of the port. This will also be on the itinerary of Mallorca 2019.