18 Yorkshire Lasses headed to the beautiful island of Majorca for 5 days of cycling fun in May and what a fabulous trip it was!
Organising the trip and planning the rides were Chris and Neil, two good friends who know the island and the hotel owners well. In addition Steve, David and Sharon accompanied the team to help navigate the team around the island.
The Hotel Duva was perfectly located in Puerto Pollensa and all the cycle hire shops were within easy reach for the lasses who had hired. Once we got to the hotel and unpacked it was bike building time for the ones of us who had taken our own bikes……with the help of some lovely chaps from an Irish cycling club – who happened to come across us in the bike garages and offer assistance! Not being one to turn down an offer of help we were very soon all ready to rock and roll. The sun was out and we had the full day having had an early flight….so we were all set and ready for our first ride out!!!!!!
Day 1 (28 miles 1160ft)
This was a ride out to check we had no issues since rebuilding the bikes and the hire bikes were all ok – and of course some familiarisation for cycling on the opposite side of the road (something not all of us had done before). We left Pollensa and headed out to Campanet taking the main roads out of Pollensa, which although busy are surprisingly nice to ride on, the cycle lanes were wide and the surface smooth, definitely better than the A168 out of Wetherby!!!!!! We rode to a beautiful cafe where we sat out and had Cafe con Leiche and cake ……I practised my impression of an opera singer belting out some tunes from a rather fetching Juliette balcony of the cafe above the square (when i nipped in to pay!)…I couldn’t resist!
It was a fab first ride and we were all tired after our early flight so we changed for dinner once we got back …we of course managed to sample some of the local all inclusive bar and hotel entertainment before we then headed for bed….it had been a long day!
Day 2 (60 miles 1700ft) Petra
This was one of the 2 long rides we had planned and this is a favourite of mine. It is 30 miles out with a cafe stop for lunch which was a coffee and a baguette in the beautiful square at Petra. The square was surprisingly quiet which was a bonus given we took over the place!! The 30 miles back via another route was lovely and brought us via Alcudia and along the front of Pollens where we nipped into Tolo’s Bar for a nice cool drink. It was hot hot hot today but we had a nice cycle breeze to keep us cool and another fab day in the saddle.
Day 3 (65 miles 7500ft) Batalla and Sa Calobra
The second long day in the saddle and this was the hilly one with optional Sa Calobra for those who fancied it. Today we all felt the tension as we set off I think, as we anticipated the first big climb at Batalla. I had unfinished business with this climb so I wanted to get up without stopping after a failed attempt in August the previous year….luckily the heat wasn’t as hot this time which did help! This day was a real achievement day for a lot of us. I have to say Batalla is a long climb – a steady one but very long. Each and every one of us lasses got up it and I couldn’t have been more proud of all of us that day….we even had a Mexican wave going on at the top by the petrol station for all the lasses coming in it was fab! Some other riders who we didn’t know also got waved and cheered on much to everyone’s amusement!
A well deserved cafe stop at the top of Batalla and we all felt amazing of our achievement. A few of the lasses (and the chaps) were then ready for the challenge of Sa Calobra. For those who didn’t fancy the next climb, Steve took lasses back down the Formena to Pollensa, whilst the remaining five headed with Chris, Neil, David and Sharon.
I have to say this was the single-most hardest thing I have ever done on a bike. All the way down we kept saying ‘Where is the bottom? We have to come back up here?!’ I even asked someone coming up where the bottom was as it was taking forever (which actually started to mess with our heads a bit). I nearly got pinned to a wall by a TUI coach coming up on one of the hair pin bends, which was a bit scary, but we did as our guides advised and got to the line at the bottom, regrouped and came straight back up – apparently to go all the way to the sea front cafe is not a good idea, nor is it to stop and drink/eat then attempt to head back up………. The top and bottom are clearly marked with a white line so we stuck to that advice.
We rode our own ride going back up as climbing is difficult at the best of times but Ange and I found ourselves getting into a rhythm, talking and keeping each other going on the way up. The funniest thing was we both had moments when we got a bit delirious and needed to have a word with ourselves and each other to remain focused on the job at hand. Louise steamed ahead after Chris, David and Neil followed by myself and Ange, then Catherine, Trish and Sharon. 1 hour and 6 mins after we started climbing we got to the top, crossed the line and I nearly fell off my bike I was that wobbly!!!! That video we have just sums it up…we couldn’t believe we had done it..cheered in by Louise at the top! By far my proudest moment and biggest achievement on 2 wheels. Louise, Trish, Catherine, Ange and myself were all over the moon with our achievement….and I owe a massive thanks to Ange for keeping me sane on the way up!!!
We then made our way back down to Pollensa and we didn’t hang about… we were all ready for a large Gin and Tonic!!!!
Day 4 (20 miles 400ft)
Today was a recovery ride of 19 miles for us all, it was a lovely ride along the front out to Alcudia where we sat on the beach in a cafe and chilled out. We all had such an amazing day with climbing those hills and all felt like we had earned a nice steady day. It was perfect. Pool time and gin………
Day 5 – our last day….(26 miles 3000ft) The Lighthouse Ride
I loved this ride, it was so pretty and undulating and the views were amazing!!
Some of the lasses went into the old town for a spot of sightseeing and shopping and had a fabulous time whilst some of us took to two wheels again.
Those of us who decided to explore the Lighthouse really enjoyed this ride – it was an undulating ride with some long ups and steep downs. The views along the way were just fabulous and a must for anyone who ever goes to ride in Majorca. The roads were winding in parts – so you had to remain ‘big’ and ‘own the road’ so people didn’t try to squeeze past – but I have to say in general the drivers over there were much more accommodating than in the UK.
We had some pics at the lighthouse before we headed back, stopping at the top of the first climb looking over Pollensa where we had some food and drink and then sailed back down to the hotel for the last time. I was quite sad to be packing my bike back up having had a fabulous 5 days of cycling.
We had a great last night eating and drinking in the hotel and then enjoying the entertainment and drinks by the pool that evening, the five days had gone by in a flash.
We were up the next day bright and early ready for our transfer, as we were getting picked up straight after breakfast, so we bid farewell to Chris, Neil, Steve, David and Sharon and off we went leaving them to enjoy the peace and quiet of the rest of their holiday…I think they secretly missed us as it was way too quiet when we left!!!!
On reflection I think we all got something different out of the trip, I know some of the lasses were thrilled they had done the Batalla climb, I for one was thrilled I had achieved the Sa Calobra and for some of us riding consecutive days was something new and a challenge. Cycling in heat was also a worry for many before we left but everyone rose to the challenge and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Majorca you were fab….The Yorkshire Lasses will see you again!
MAJORKSHIRE LASSES TRIP MAY 2018, by Kate Horsfall