The Perfect Cycle Training Ground
Mallorca's mild winters, the intense light and colour that pervades the spring, and the pleasant temperatures all year round make it ideal for active visitors.
Majorca offers some of the most impressive, demanding and leisurely rides that makes the island a popular destination right through from amateur to professional cyclist. The rises and falls of the Tramuntana mountains make the perfect cycle playground for those wanting to test their strength against Majorca’s mountain range that stretches the whole west side of the island.
The cycling season begins in February and is busiest until May but most cycle shops are open until October. July and August are the hottest months on the island so not an ideal time for training. If you decide to come at this time then cycling at the crack of dawn not only ensures you have run of the road but keeps you cooler than you would be in the hot sun.
Thousands of cyclists arrive every year to travel Mallorca's highways and byways, enjoying the mild winters, sunny skies and the fabulous light & colours of autumn & spring. Throughout the winter, the best professional European teams come to Mallorca because they find it has the ideal conditions for training. The resort of Alcudia in the north of Mallorca is a favourite of Britain’s Team Sky during the winter as they take advantage of the climate and landscape as well as the dry, warm weather.
Where you base yourself will depend upon the type of cycling you wish to try. Alcudia is a great base for cyclists and is a hive of activity during the cycling season, with many cycle friendly hotels that offer bike maintenance, secure storage and regular organised rides. Although a great location, it does limit you somewhat if you want to explore some routes in the south.
Another popular area with a number of bike shops and cycle-friendly hotels in in the Playa de Palma, to the east of Palma and close to the airport. The routes down here are mainly flat with the odd hilly area (try around Randa) for something more challenging.
On the east coast, you could base yourself in the Cala Millor area, which has wonderful coastal routes as well as providing good access to the Llevent Natural Park which has plenty of challenging hills in beautiful protected surroundings.
As more and more cyclists come to Mallorca from countries across Europe, specifically the UK, Germany and Scandanavia, bike hire shops have been popping up all over the island offering a range of aluminium and carbon road frame bikes as well as hybrid and MBT bikes.
Bike shops and hotels will sometimes organise bike rides during the busy peak season.