Mallorca has established itself as one of the top cycling destinations in the world, earning a well-deserved reputation as a cycling paradise.
With endless, long, winding, smooth, and mostly traffic-free roads, and perfect cycling temperatures in winter, spring, and autumn, Mallorca offers the perfect environment for cycling.
The Balearic Island has adopted a cycling culture, and in many areas you will be riding quiet country lanes. It will all inspire you to cover more miles and enjoy more of Mallorca. It is one of the few places in the world where there are traffic signs specifically for cyclists.
The Tramuntana mountain range is a big draw. Pro teams such as Team Sky train here in the off season, building their fitness for the forthcoming year. You, like them, will ride exciting and breathtaking climbs.
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When you ride the endless smooth roads of Mallorca, you will be in the tracks of cycling legends such as Sean Kelly, Bradley Wiggins and Victoria Pendleton. Mallorca has long been a winter home for Team Sky, who base themselves in Puerto Alcúdia which is relatively close to Sa Calobra.
Bradley Wiggins described Mallorca as a “Scalextric set for cyclists”, his love for the island being well known.
Other pro teams often use Mallorca for training sessions and it is common to see the greats of the sport training on the island in the off-season. Teams such as RadioShack-Leopard, Cannondale, Etixx - Quick-Step, and Lotto-Belisol tend to use the northern towns of Pollença and Alcúdia in particular. They take advantage of iconic climbs and routes such as Puig Major, Sa Calobra and Cap Formentor to cycle further and faster, and gauge their current performance levels for the upcoming season.
Mallorca is blessed with challenging climbs and long descents. Breathtaking views and vibrant towns and markets are everywhere. It also has the perfect climate for cycling in spring and winter. Temperatures fall to only 14°C in February and can reach 30°C in spring and October. It also has 300 days of sunshine a year.
1. Sa Calobra and the Tramuntana Mountain range
The mountain range is world famous in cycling and it is truly an amazing spot to perfect your descending and climbing skills.
Cap de Formentor
The lighthouse at Cap Formentor was built in 1863 and every cyclist aspires to reach it as they take their first steps to becoming better. It's one of the most spectacular cycling routes on Mallorca.
The north of the island is the most picturesque part and it is close to the Tramuntana mountain range. Puerto Alcúdia and Puerto Pollença have excellent shopping and nightlife, golden beaches, and beach front hotels. After a day’s cycling, stretching on the beach is the perfect way to unwind.
Mallorca 312 Sportive
Ride Europe’s longest sportive and test your limits riding the Tramuntana mountain range in a peloton of 3,500 people. The routes, 312 kms, 232 kms, or 167 kms take you to the most scenic and challenging parts of the island riding on closed roads.
Ride one of the most iconic mountains in Mallorca and reach the highest point on the island. Puig Major is 14 kms of continuous ascent with an average gradient of 6%.
Best times to go:
The best times to cycle on Mallorca are February to May and late September to October.
In these months the temperatures are perfect for cycling as they are never too hot or too cold.
In the summer months the temperatures are arguably too high, and you are sharing the roads with crowds of holiday makers.
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