On 23rd April 31 of our members flew out to Port de Pollensa for a week of cycling in the sunshine.
There was one rainy day but many sought solace in the local Pinarello bike shop where gleaming new bikes were drooled over and new jerseys, gloves, shorts and jackets were bought.
The highlight of the week for many came on Wednesday when the hardest climb on the island ‘Sa Calobra’ was conquered.
This 6.5 mile descent was thrilling for many and scary for some but all succeeded in reaching the stunning beach at the bottom. After a quick pit stop it was back up the 6.5 mile winding mountain road. It was a steady climb for most and the sense of achievement at the summit was amazing. It was a day never to be forgotten.
Some days had several groups going their separate ways. Some cycled around the local lanes, ending up in quaint villages where a couple of hours were spent sampling the local ale whilst soaking up the sunshine. Several members braved the Mediterranean too!
Over the course of the week hundreds of miles were covered by the group. We also happened to be on holiday at the time of the Mallorcan 312 cycling event. This took place on the last day of our holiday. One of our members had entered the 312km race of which there were 6,000 entrants. James did us proud and finished in good time. Several of us arose early to cheer the cyclists on as they passed our hotel. It was certainly a sight to behold and has spurred some to enter in 2018.
Evenings usually meant an early night for most after a busy day however there were some ‘propping’ up the hotel bar until late and a few ‘ladies’ had a good singsong and dance on one occasion.
All in all it was a brilliant holiday, enjoyed by all and something that we hope to repeat next year.