Mallorca has long been a favourite destination for both leisure and professional cyclists. Professionals, who come to train every year during the winter and early spring, with the SKY team, stay in Alcudia. Mallorca has an entire network of local roads and secondary motorways that run along the plains, rolling hills, and spectacular mountains which are part of the cycle network. The season, from a tourist point of view, starts in February and runs until October with the main attraction being the good weather and the challenging Tramuntana mountain range.
Many cyclists just simply use their bikes as a means with which to explore the Island and local culture. The Island’s terrain makes it ideal with both mountain and coastal routes catering for all tastes.
Many tourists choose to stay in the north of the Island, particularly in Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia and during the day you will often see the bars and cafes packed with cyclists. Another very popular area is Playa de Muro, just south of the Port de Alcudia. Around the port there are plenty of cycle tracks which run adjacent to the main roads going to most destinations and a lot of cyclists travel to Alcudia and Pollenca from here.
The more ambitious cyclists however go to Cap Formentor, which even in the early spring is a very demanding route, requiring a high level of fitness. The good news is that there is now a small cafe at the first mirador, frequently used for its spectacular views. This is however, always very busy.
You don’t need to bring a bicycle to the Island with you as there are numerous rental shops in the port and some by the hotels which can supply any type of bike you can think of. However, prices do vary so it is wise to shop around.
There is a restaurant in Puerto Pollensa on the sea front called Tolo’s, which is favoured by a lot of cyclists, including Bradley Wiggins. The theme throughout is cycling with both bikes and jerseys used by Bradley on display. The restaurant serves excellent value food and is always busy even in February. For this reason service can appear to be slow sometimes but most people leave content.
There is also a bar in Puerto Pollensa called O’Haras located just off the main square. The bar shows all Sky Sports and provides live music which is very popular with the cycling fraternity, especially later in the evening. Some cyclist shops in the area provide days out with a tour leader and cater for all levels, from beginner to the seasoned campaigner. This is a great way to view the local scenery and explore the Island culture which is very special.
Puerto Pollensa to Cala Sant Vincec
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 7.4 km
Estimated time: 30 mins
Puerto Pollensa to Santuari de la Victoria via Alcudia
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 14 km
Estimated time: 60 mins
Puerto Pollensa to Cap de Formentor
Level of difficulty: High
Distance: 18 km
Estimated time: 1 hr 30 mins
Cycle hire shops in the port:
Calle Xaloc 4
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Calle La Gola 11
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This shop offers a wide range of tours
Mendez Nunez 21
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