Adam Moore is a Brit with a passion for cycling and for Mallorca.

16 years ago he visited the well-known cycling mecca in the Mediterranean, and it was a case of love at first sight. He became a regular visitor and bought www.mallorcacycling.co.uk. Adam busied himself turning it from a blog into a Mallorca cycling holiday company and hiring the best guides in the business.

Based out of Port de Pollenca, Mallorca Cycling offers guided cycling holidays in Mallorca between January and October. We caught up with Adam to pick his brains about the unmissable bits of Mallorca that most people never get to!

This article was created as a sponsored feature with Mallorca Cycling in 2020. The article is no longer sponsored or maintained and we now work with different cycling holiday providers on the island. However, we think this article may still contain useful information for anyone planning a trip to Mallorca, which is why it remains on our site.

Part 1: Tips for Mallorca cycling holidays

1. Why are cycling holidays in Mallorca so great? What’s to love?

For me the thing that makes Mallorca better than the rest of the cycling destinations out there, is the flexibility it offers.

You can find every type of climb, rolling roads and pancake flat terrain too. There’s something for everyone and the fantastic network of roads and beautiful little villages means that if you know the area well, then even mid ride, you can flex your route. Want to add more hills, take away hills, add distance, reduce distance, add stops, reduce stops – you name it, we can usually do it!

For example, if you head out to Campanet and up Sa Batalla – from there you could just head back to Port de Pollenca via the Femenia or you could make a big day of it and head over to the Sa Calobra. Likewise, if we head to Deia and Valldemossa, we’ve got lots of options for the return leg – for example, we could come back to Port de Pollenca via the base of the mountains (Lloseta, Selva, Moscari) or head to Santa Maria and Inca on the roads that are a bit flatter.

We love to make sure the route we choose for our clients is the best one it could be for the people riding it.

On top of this, there are the usual reasons people love Mallorca – so the weather, the scenery and the fact it’s really easy to get to. It’s just a short flight from the UK or if you are travelling from further afield there are lots of connecting flights from Barcelona and Madrid. Once you’re here, it’s a really short transfer over to the main base of all the cycling action in Port de Pollenca. It makes escaping here for a weekend quite do-able.

Descending Sa Calobra, a very popular Mallorca cycling routeDescending Mallorca’s famous Sa Calobra
Happy cyclists on a Mallorca Cycling holidayBlue skies and big smiles are what Mallorca Cycling holidays are all about!

 

2. What’s your favourite cycle route from Port de Pollenca – and why?

A really cracking Mallorca cycling route is to ride towards the middle of the island.

I love the nice, fast, rolling ride out from Port de Pollenca to Can Picafort, Santa Margalida down to Petra and Porreres, which is a great town in the heart of Mallorca.

In Porreres there’s a fantastic square with plenty of bike racks and three or four cafes. I particularly like Cafeteria Es Poltre, where we’ll enjoy a cafe con leche and a cheese and ham baguette drizzled with the delicious Mallorca olive oil, before heading back.

It’s the sort of ride where you can just tick the Ks off and you don’t really need to think about distance – it adds up to about 130 km but it’s so quick, it really is a cracker!

 

3. What are the best Mallorca cycling climbs – and why?

1. Sa Batalla

Sa Batalla is probably my favourite climb on Mallorca, even though it hasn’t got the kudos of lots of climbs on the island. It’s a really useful route into the Tramuntana and at 7.8km and 5.5% average it’s not overly difficult.

It weaves through the forest and you can never see too far ahead, which makes the climb easier psychologically. It’s got silky smooth tarmac and is quite flat in the middle with some steepish hairpins at the end for a final test.

There’s the Repsol garage at the top for a quick refuel – or, when we do routes descending it, we often stop in at Lennart’s place, Sa Ruta Verde, where they have great coffee, cake and food.

2. Randa

Randa is another fantastic Mallorca cycling climb.

At just five kilometres long, it’s one everyone can do, and it never gets too steep on the way up.

I love telling guests about the story behind the monastery at the top too – it was founded by Ramon Llull in 1275. Apparently, he built it here after a turning point moment in his life: he chased a married woman through Palma on horseback. In a last-ditch attempt to put him off, she lifted up her shirt to reveal cancerous breasts…and he realised just what kind of a person he had become. He founded the monastery to make amends and it’s still used today.

There are also 360 degree views of the island from the top. It’s always a great opportunity for a group photo and there’s a good restaurant – in fact it’s my favourite place on the island for carrot cake. The icing to sponge ratio is out of this world!

 

3. Coll de Tofla

This one is ridden as a descent in the Mallorca 312.

Re-tarmaced a couple of years ago, it’s a punchy little climb with some nice gradients towards the top. We like to throw it in when we are heading towards Alaro and stopping at Cycling Planet or add it into a longer route heading towards Santa Maria del Cami.

Talking of Santa Maria, you’ll find plenty of great coffee stops along the main strip. Be sure to check out Celler Sa Sini, the cake buffet is incredible (see photo below)!

The iconic switchbacks of Mallorca's Col de Soller cycling climb, what the best cycling holidays Mallorca are made ofThe classic south side of the Col de Soller
Celler sa sini coffee and cake shop in MallorcaWell-deserved rest stop at Celler Sa Sini in Mallorca

 

4. What’s your favourite easy route from Port de Pollenca – and why?

I like the cruise along to Alcudia, along to Can Picafort and then across to Muro and down to Sineu (pronounced “Sinaya” – who knew!). There’s a great cafe there called Sa Mola where they serve fantastic coffee and strawberry cake.

If people fancy it, they can try a few laps on the outside velodrome in Sineu. It’s not amazingly well maintained and I wouldn’t suggest it if it was wet, but it can be good fun on a sunny day.

This route is around 40/50 miles of easy roads and it’s a really nice ride. If guests want to make it a slightly longer route, we can always push on to Petra.

An alternative ride is to head east along the coast line to the Betlem Monastery climb, which is just out behind Arta. They’ve recently resurfaced it and it’s beautiful to ride. You get views all the way back to Port de Pollenca and Formentor and it’s really stunning. The only downside is there’s no cafe at the monastery – but we’ve found a cool little place back in Arta near the San Salvador hotel.

 

5. What are your best tips for someone cycling in Mallorca for the first time?

I think my main tip for someone preparing for a Mallorca cycling trip is to build some miles up before you come! You don’t need to go crazy and be ultra serious, but if you can do four to five 50 mile rides in the three months before you come out, you’ll have a much better time. Everyone wants to do Sa Calobra – but it’s a tough climb. If you want to ride it, you need to have some miles in your legs.

Another point I always remind guests about is that if you bring your own bike, have it serviced before you come. Make sure the tyres are in good condition and the brake pads aren’t worn out. You don’t want to come all the way out here and have a mishap with your bike or have something fundamental break. Obviously you could always hire and we would always help you work it out, but it’ll make your life much easier if your bike is running smoothly.

The beauty of me being here for the cycling season is that I’ve accumulated a lot of stuff, and I’ve got great contacts with the parts shops on the island, but ideally we want to try and avoid you having to worry about this kind of thing when it’s your holiday!

Road cyclist at the turning for Sa Calobra cycling routeAt the turn for Sa Calobra, all ready to go!
Another happy group of Mallorca Cycling guests

 

6. What’s the best time of year to pick for your Mallorca cycling holidays?

Every month has its advantages, but if I had to choose, I absolutely love May and October. They’re similar in terms of temperature.

March and April are probably our busiest months here, they’re fantastic, and there’s a great atmosphere, but May is just that little bit warmer than April and there’s still an excellent atmosphere but it’s that little bit quieter.

October also tends to be warm. The summer tourism dies away and it all quietens down a bit, even though the shops and bars are all still open.

Part 2: About Mallorca Cycling

7. What kind of cyclist does Mallorca Cycling run tours for?

Our ethos is that we’re for every rider.

The kind of guests that tend to come back again and again are often people that ride a bike in the UK, often just at the weekends, perhaps with a club.

We love to help people that have recently got into cycling, who’ve perhaps just joined a club, have got clip in pedals and are after that next adventure. Our guests tend to be anyone from that level through to regular club riders, that would probably call themselves weekend warriors.

We slot into that amber zone of road cyclist, somewhere between people looking to ride abroad for the first time and regular sportive riders.

 

8. There are quite a few Mallorca cycle tours out there. What makes you different?

 

We’re real bike experts

Our biggest strength is that we’re expert cycling leaders.

We’re fit. We’re usually riding 5-600km a week throughout the season and some weeks we’ll do Sa Calobra three times in a week. We’re at a level where that’s not a problem and it’s important we can do that because it means we can maximise our guest’s experience.

But it’s not just about fitness, it’s the fact that we’re confident to do things like tune gears, tighten a headset, pick up a bottle up off the floor that someone’s dropped while still riding. It’s how to try and stop someone bonking and help them if they are. It’s about these little things that make a big difference to our guest’s experience.

Our motto is “guide and advise”. We’re about cycling holidays, not technical coaching, but we want people to know we can help. We want to provide support on those tough moments and give tips on the little things like reminding them to carry on eating and drinking to how to read a line on a descent.

We do things like briefings at the start of the rides, so guests know what to expect and mini briefings before we get to potential hazards. We’re all also first aid trained, so we have the confidence to know what to do if there was an emergency situation.

 

The best cycling routes in Mallorca (and we choose the right routes for the group)

We really understand how important people’s holidays are and we make a huge effort to make sure they have the best time they could possibly have. We really care about picking the right routes to make sure everyone has a fantastic time.

Rather than having a set itinerary that we roll out for each trip, we effectively make the routes for each trip bespoke to the group that’s with us: we are always thinking about what routes the group will love, ones that will challenge them – but not too much!

We really try to get to know our clients. We often use Formentor as a first day ride as how people ride that helps us gauge what the right level is for the groups and who should be in which group. If we’re unsure we might even have a bit of a look on Strava to understand what kind of riding they’re doing and how fast! If we find we have imbalanced fitness levels, we’ll always try and add more guides where we can, rather than just pushing on with a big imbalanced group.

We love to do little fun events too – like with a group that came out last year, we ran a little handicap up Sa Calobra. We set everyone off at different times and then they all came together at the end. It was amazing fun!

Group of cyclists on a Mallorca Cycling holidaySensible-sized groups and happy cyclists is what Mallorca Cycling prides itself on
Mallorca Cycling's tours try to take in villages such as Bunyola in MallorcaThe team at Mallorca Cycling love to find the best routes through beautiful villages like this, Bunyola

 

Sensible group sizes

15 is our maximum number of people before we start another group. But for that number of people, we’d always have two or potentially three ride leaders, one at the front, one at the back – and if we’ve got three leaders then we’ll have one in the middle of the group too. It helps us make sure we know we’ve got everyone safe and having a good time.

If we get more than 15 people, we would start a new group with a new ride leader. For example for a 35 person group we’ve got in a few weeks’ time, we’ll have 2-3 ride groups, one at 15-16mph, one at 17+mph and possibly a third too.

We don’t roll around in huge groups because it doesn’t work for our guests or people trying to carry on their lives here. We think it’s vital to respect the locals.

In terms of the minimum number of people, we can take as few as one or two people, on the basis they’re happy to join another group if another group books the same period. If guests are looking for an exclusive group with their own ride leader, you’d be looking at a 4-6 person minimum for a long weekend.

 

Easy to book

I try and make it as easy as possible to book your trip – just email or call me, we’ll exchange a few messages and it’s all really simple.

 

9. Tell us about your team.

Andy, and I are here for a lot of the year and we know the island like the back of our hand. We organise it so that if we have a big group, each of us will head up a group and be supported by one of our guides. All of our guides are extremely experienced ride leaders and have ridden all over Europe.

There are certain qualities I always look for in my team: everyone that works with me has to have a fantastic level of knowledge of the island and the bike, a calm demeanour with a fun personality and a total love for cycling.

It’s important to me that we enjoy what we’re doing and have a good sense of humour. It’s all about making sure everyone’s having fun and the ride leaders are the place where that all starts.

Group of cyclists wearing kit by Mallorca Cycling on a cycling tour MallorcaAdam and his excellent guides
Mallorca Cycling guides exploring Mallorca by bikeGuides with a passion for what they do

 

10. Why do you think doing a bike holiday in Mallorca with Mallorca Cycling is better than riding by yourself?

Doing a guided Mallorca cycling holiday takes the hassle out of planning and booking your own trip. We will sort everything for you and give you peace of mind that you’re in safe hands.

Yes, you can book your own hotel and transfers, take the excellent Epic Road Rides GPX files and routes and do your own thing, but what we offer is the hassle-free alternative of having it all done for you to an expert level.

It’s the benefit of having someone who can bespoke routes to your group and flex them to your abilities, that we offer the “guide and advise”, that we’ll always help you out as much as we can if you get a mechanical or something goes wrong. You’re getting the support of having cycling experts around you, who are motivated to look after you and make sure you have a fantastic time.

A final thing to mention is the fact I’m also the team manager of ‘Vredestein Basso’ elite level racing team in the UK. We are lucky to call Russ Downing a friend of the team and, from time to time, are able to run tours with him. Get in touch if you’re interested!

 

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