Up until our departure for this trip, we have been handed some pretty miserable winter and spring weather. Not to mention low temperatures. The idea of a bit of cycling in the Mediterranean sun was something big to look forward to.
In all the trip took roughly 9 hours door to door.
- 1 hour 45 mins Tralee to Shannon
- 2 hours 30 mins Shannon to Majorca
- 45 mins Palma to Port de Alcudia
- 4 hours just waiting
Zafiro Tropic Not too many complaints about this place. The hotel was central, clean, friendly, facilities galore and the quality and quantity of food on our half board package was good enough for royalty and ample to feed a small nation.
Sport Active took us on 5 guided cycles. The bicycles we used were excellent. All top brands. The guides knew their stuff. They knew the island like the back of their hands and through their knowledge and professionalism took very good care of the 4 differing levels of groups we handed them. At the top end, it was very professional, with Martin leading our fastest and most experienced cyclists on some very challenging rides. The other 3 groups did similar routes much of the time, but at a kinder pace.
A handy day all round. One to get everyone used to the bikes, roads and conditions.
For most of us the toughest and biggest day. The Sa Calobra descent and climb. Approx 120 km and 2000 m of climbing.
Day 3 (Rest day)Wednesday
A gentle seaside spin to Port de Pollenca.
A big day for the fastest group as they cycled Puig Major and got hit by a tropical storm in the mountains. The other 3 groups cycled well, but without the dramatic conditions.
“Fast Friday” A flattish day with the groups averaging 80 km.
Cherry on the cake day. Cap de Formentor Lighthouse and close to 1000 m of climbing with spectacular views all around.