Essential Tips

Essential Tips



  • Training. The fitter you are before you arrive, the more you will enjoy yourself.
  • Mallorca fever! No, not that world wide one! This is something that occurs sometimes when you are in cycling paradise. Symptoms include riding far too much and attempting routes and climbs that are far out of your ability. The antidotes include frequent water and food stops; cutting routes or climbs short; keeping after ride alcohol intake close or below what you are used to and planning frequent return trips so you don’t have to achieve it all at once! A useful tool is to stop and take pictures when you are starting to cook on the climb.
  • Road surfaces. To deal with the heat, the tarmac in Mallorca has on average 30% more granite than other European roads. This makes them more slippery after rain and in the early morning dew.
  • Braking. Take care on the longer and steeper descents, as well as your brakes becoming less responsive, your fingers and muscles may also need a break. If in doubt, stop and take a couple of photos. (what, me slow? No I just stopped for some pics...). 
  • Traffic. There is very rarely much traffic but at Cap Formentor and Sa Calobra the buses and hire cars tend to start arriving just before 11 a.m. and until around 3 p.m. you would be wise to adjust your timings accordingly.
  • Lights. Use lights in the tunnel on the way to Cap Formentor. It is not uncommon for stray hikers and goats to be waiting for you to ride blindly into them.
  • Goats. These wild banana and energy bar beasts are all over the island, sometimes even on blind corners. Take care (of blind corners and of the food in your pockets!).
  • Spares. Bring along the essentials (multi-tool; spare tubes; pump / CO2 etc) and it would be useful to know how to use them.
  • Mallorca Bicycle Rescue. A no brainer. Get yourself cover so that if bike or body break down they come and pick you and your bike up. Mallorca taxis are expensive and have severe restrictions on where they can collect and drop off customers and there is a general aversion to putting bikes into the taxis.
  • Nutrition / fuelling. No matter where you are on the island you are never far from a village or café. Take care that some of these are at the bottom of the climb, we suggest watching your consumption accordingly!
  • Check your bike. If you’re taking your bike, have it serviced before heading here to reduce the risk of mechanical issues ruining your holiday. Ensure you have a decent bike box so it arrives in a good condition.  Tweed Bike Boxes are recommended if travelling from the UK.
  • Routes. We recommend planning what you want to achieve before arriving after a careful and honest appraisal of your fitness and ability. 
  • Best times to cycle. Earlier is generally better especially in the summer to beat the heat and the hire cars. Sa Calobra and Cap Formentor are very popular with non cyclists and they need to get there (generally between 11am and 3pm.
  • Opening times. Restaurants and cafés generally open between 8 and 9am and have one day in the week when they are closed. During the winter months many stay completely closed but with the population of Mallorca nearing 1 million there are enough open all year round to satisfy you.
  • Payment. A high number of out of the way restaurants and cafés only accept cash, no cards or Apple Pay etc.
  • Weather. We recommend taking layers especially when venturing into the mountains (which have their own micro climate of lower temperatures and lower humidity).
  • Sun. Take appropriate care. It gets hot here!
  • Helmets. Are mandatory outside cities and even when on a racing bike and not wearing one in a city you may be stopped and fined for being an idiot (and no, a Spanish policeman is not going to listen to your long explanation of why..).
  • I.D. By Spanish law you must always carry photographic i.d. no exceptions.
  • Groups. Never ride more than 2 abreast. Never ride in a group of larger than 8 (split your groups into 8’s or less if they are large). Single file is mandatory where you are holding up traffic or the visibility is poor.
  • On the right. Keep as much to the right as possible.
  • Clothing. Must be visible from 150m or more.

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