Sitting in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains in the north of Mallorca, the areas around Puerto Pollensa/Alcudia boast a wide variety of climbs through the mountains as well as plenty of flat roads along the coast and undulating country routes to enjoy. Here are a few for the most popular destinations.
Sa Calobra – is probably the most famous climb on the island. A road to nowhere except for a small beach and a few cafes the 9.5km climb has an average gradient of 7% with an amazing array of around 26 hairpin bends including the 270° bend just before the summit. Fancy a challenge, Sir Bradley Wiggins holds the fastest time unofficial of 22.30 for the climb, what will your time be ?
Col de Soller – Again located in the rugged north of the island, in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range this is a mountain pass with a North (Dark) and south (Sunny) side. The North climb leaves the town of Soller and ascends at a nice steady gradient of 6% for 7.3km, there’s plenty of hairpin bends, I counted 30 but its easy to loose count. The South climb This is the slightly easier side up to the summit of Coll de Sóller at 4.9km with an average of 5% and again plenty of hairpin bends, but its also the side more exposed to the sun.
Puig Major from Soller – This is the longest climb in Mallorca at 13.7km and average of 6% it also takes you to the highest point on the island. The other much easier direction being from Lluc. The Monnaber tunnel marks the end of the climb from both directions and is always a welcome sight.
Cap de Formentor – The classic 1st ride for morning arrivals or a recovery day ride. The Cap Formentor takes in the climb out to the most easterly point of the Island. The climb is an out and back route over 17.6km with an average gradient of 1.5% (but don’t let that fool you) it is one of the most popular climbs on the island for cyclists due to its undulating gradients, incredible views and technical descents throughout the climb. If one road can sum up cycling in Mallorca this is the one.
Petra – Another recovery day ride is a trip to Petra and its cafe lined square full of caffeine and calorie hungry cyclists. Reached by a mixture of flat and undulating quiet country roads full of blossoms and wild flowers. Nearby is the town of Sineu which has an outdoor velodrome which is open to the public.