Road Cycling in Majorca: 3 - Port de Soller
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Majorca 2019: Road Cycling
Join us on this multi day cycling trip to Majorca. We are leading a series of day rides starting from Port de Pollenca which you can plan your own private holiday around.
The core group of event leaders will be around from 11th May through to 18th May, but the length of your trip and which rides you attend is up to you - you could just come for a long weekend. We are staying independently in the Port de Pollenca area at a variety of different hotels and apartments (there is no recommended place to stay).
You can hire bikes easily in Port de Pollenca although it is recommended to book well in advance.
Sign up for the events you want and if you want we'll put you in touch with the group so that you can meet us once you arrive. Any questions, please send the event leader a direct message.
Itinerary and event links to sign up:
11th May - arrive, collect bike (suggested)
12th May - 1 Sa Calobra (Hard or Moderate)
13th May - 2 Formentor (Moderate)
14th May - REST DAY (eg Ferrocarril de Sóller or Palma)
15th May - 3 Port de Soller (Very Hard)
16th May - 4 Santuaris (Hard or Moderate)
17th May - ad hoc, return bike
18th May - depart
The aim is for most day rides to have two difficulties with two groups and two leaders, splitting on the day as required.
On this ride, we ride the mountainous road to Port de Soller, and return via the Col de Soller. This is a very hard day in the saddle so only sign up if you are sure it's manageable after Sa Calobra. If you've been on our Alps trip this is similar in terms of climbing. Subject to group discussion we might alter this ride to a different route on the day. You can drop out by taking the train from Marratxi to Sa Pobla then riding back to P. de Pollenca, though it will not be time efficient to do so. We will try to get those not riding to offer a 'broom wagon' service with the cars!
- The rides may be re arranged in case of bad weather. This will be communicated to you via event message.
- On the day the rides may be led by any member of the leadership team shown
- Majorca is a social cycling destination. We may be informally joined by other cyclists who are not be part of OutdoorLads for all or part of the day (for example members' friends from local UK cycling clubs)
cover image by hl_1001 (Flickr), CC BY-NC 2.0 licence
What to bring
Bike: a road bike, bring your own in an airline bike box or hire locally - in advance
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one, bring it (recommended) or hire one
Clothing: lightweight and layered, colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users. Ultra lightweight high summer kit, arm warmers and a thin rain gilet are the suggested kit for this event.
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals, bring your pedals if desired and don't forget to discuss pedals with the hire shop in advance
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers - but only if you are bringing your own bike, these are provided on hire bikes
Tools: you should bring a multi tool if you have hold luggage. They are not permitted in hand luggage, and bike hire shops do not provide them.
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike or in a daysack/bladder. Due to the hot weather expected (24C), you will need at least 1.5L water carrying capacity (2 bidons) and for the longer rides, electrolytes should be added.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes
Sun cream, chamois cream
Post Brexit considerations:
Travel insurance: you should re check the latest situation with regards to travel insurance with your insurance provider after 29th March 2019. If you have annual multi trip you must check it is still valid. You should also check the healthcare element is valid for cycling related injury (most policies are valid). Also check if you will be be able to claim for loss if your flight is not able to operate as below (unlikely).
Flights: please check with your airline if a refund is offered in the event they are unable to operate the flight for regulatory reasons.
Accommodation: it is suggested to book a refundable accommodation option in case your flight is not able to operate, in which case these events are not likely to take place.
Food & drink
You will need to bring snacks and plenty of water on the rides. We endeavour to stop for coffee and a light lunch/snack mid ride.