With a flat terrain, rolling hills, long climbs and diverse scenery – Mallorca can offer cyclists the perfect environment from early winter through to late Spring. Loved by Pro cyclists from all over the world, many who use the island for pre-training, novices and beginners can also find something to challenge their development.
Inland Mallorca tends to offer a flat environment where roads criss-cross a rural landscape, whilst those looking to test their stamina will find the Tramuntana mountain range an exciting challenge.
For novices - cycling is the perfect way to explore this pretty island so why not hire a bike instead of a car? You can take your time on the well marked routes and meander along through rural villages or discover hidden beaches untouched by tourism. Take a packed lunch and choose a shady spot in the countryside beneath an old olive tree or enjoy a pit stop at an ancient bodega where you might sample delicious Mallorcan sausages or aromatic suckling pig cooked over an open fire. With a bike, a map and a will to explore – the choice is yours!
Have bike – will travel?
Only a 2-3 hour flight from most European countries Mallorca is set up for pro’s, individuals or cycling clubs – and you don’t even have to take along your own bike. Travel light and pick one up from the many specialist companies on the island – so what are you waiting for?
Here are two recommended websites:
Although a distance runner, William Sichel gives comprehensive advice, including legal issues, and some top tips along with information on several popular routes.
Bikely.com has good route information and easy to understand maps that provide a step by step tour. Also the handy ‘tags’ help describe the required level of the route described; you can find everything here from ‘recreational’ cycling routes through to difficult...and they’re regularly updated.