Mallorca1127 - Ride Plans

With under a week before I do a bit of island hopping, to Mallorca, I thought I'd share with you my ride plans for the Mallorca1127 week.

For those that haven't read my first post in the Mallorca1127 series, have a read here. In essence though, I'm looking to ride 700 miles in seven days, including a finale ride in the TransTramuntana 4500 event. It is set to be a big week of exploring and climbing on the Mediterranean island!

Day 1: The Mallorca167 Route

I kick-start things with the little brother to the Mallorca312 route, a great event that I rode back in March. The Mallorca167 heads out from Playa de Muro, up to Porto de Pollenca, then takes in much of the Tramuntana mountain range, before heading back to base. It should provide a great first day in the saddle!

Day 2: Sa Colobra and Cap Formentor

On my second day, I plan to head out on a 164km route, to the famous dead-end climb of Sa Colobra. After ascending and descending the mountain, I'll then traverse the mountain range northwards to another dead-end road, out to the Cap Formentor lighthouse. With 3,700 metres of climbing, it should be another big day out.

Day 3: Arta and Porto Cristo

On day three, I give the mountains of Tramuntana a brief break. Instead, I plan to head south east, and up to the look-out point at Arta. I'll then go lighthouse hunting again, out to Cal Rajada; before stopping for lunch in Porto Cristo. From there, it's a gentle spin back through the orange groves to Playa de Muro, and my base at the Viva Blue hotel. 138 kilometres, with 1,700 meters elevation gain; should be a slightly easier day.

Day 4: Andratx Mountain Epic

This is the big one. Down through the mountains all the way to Andratx, then back up through the vineyards. 218 kilometres and 4,121 metres of climbing. It should be a good leg-tester before the TransTramuntana 4500 at the weekend. I reckon I'll be devouring the legendary hotel buffet when I finish!

Day 5: Lluc Monastery

An easier ride, after an epic day. Day five features just one notable climb, up to the monastery at Lluc. From there, it's a quick 'spin' back through the mountains. 85km and around 1,000 metres gain. There should be enough time to do a bit of relaxing in the spa afterwards!

Day 6: Three Monasteries

Don't worry, I haven't converted to religious asceticism by day six. However, my route does take in three more monasteries, in the central part of the island. The 'Three Monasteries' route is 138 kilometres, with 2,500 metres of climbing up some picturesque dead-end roads.

Day 7: TransTramuntana 4500

The grand finale! My last ride of the week, will be the TransTramuntana 4500. 235 kilometres with 4,500 metres of climbing. It should be enough to finish off the legs, before flying home!

Time to get packing...


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