“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realize fishing is stupid and boring” – Desmond Tutu
There is no doubting the idyllic island of Majorca is one of the best places for any cyclist to lay their wheel down on. It offers a bit of everything from flat roads to mountains with glorious weather all year long. It is reported between 40-60,000 cyclists will be on the island any time between January-April and that statistic is rising every year.
We first started coming to the island 10 years a go in March for the RG Active Triathlon Camp. It proved very popular with our clients, and as we fell in love with the island, we decided to add another week of training to the camp list…the RG Active Cycle Camp.
Every year around the last week in February we base ourselves in the town of Alcudia and aim to cycle over 600k in a week and at least 6000m of climbing. Why not when you have everything right at your door?!
Here is a little recap of the last weeks camp…
Coaches arrive with a few eager clients who have never been to the island before, so we get ourselves sorted, bikes built and straight down for some all you can eat buffet! Hmmmmm!
Clients arrive and build their bikes before heading out for a quick spin along the front to make sure everything is working as it should.
Dinner is all you can eat buffet and believe me by Wednesday the buffet will be the highlight of most athletes day.
It was decided, due to glorious weather, to ride out to the iconic climb of Sa Calobra.
SA CALOBRA statistics:
- 9.4k long
- 7.5% average gradient
- 668m elevation gain
- Fastest recorded pro up: 25:54mins
- Fastest “normal guy on camp” up: 45ish mins (Matt Lawley)
This day was only made better by Martin who owns the company Your Bike Hire on the island. He rents bikes and was able to support us on our long days in the saddle. SOOOOO important!
TUESDAY – WEDNESDAY
Weather wasn’t as good (better then England) but still managed 60-100k of riding and a new coffee stop was discovered in Muro. At this point people are starting to feel their legs and a day of riding the flat is usually welcomed.
Total Distance over 2 days: 160k
THURSDAY – FRIDAY
Another two days with Martin and more nice weather so we took in a few more climbs including the Orient and one of my favorite, the Selva climb up to the Monastery in Lluc. A quick coffee and cake at the island’s infamous gas station and then the lovely decent back down in to the old town of Pollenca (the reverse ascent/decent of the Majorca 70.3 for you triathletes).
The last day of our week long adventure and what better way to finish then a ride out to the stunning Lighthouse at the very tip of the island in Formentor, made famous by Sir Bradley Wiggins. This particular ride is one of my favorites as it takes in some of the most amazing views on the island and the descending is fast and fun.
Was home time sadly but we’re back in a few weeks with the RG Active Triathlon Camp for yet another adventure!
TOTAL DISTANCE CYCLED: 610k
TOTAL DISTANCE CLIMBED: 6600m