I usually visit Port de Pollença in Mallorca about twice a year and over time it's become a sort of home from home.
Situated on the island's north-east coast, it's a nice, relaxed, upscale little family beach resort, about one hour's drive north of Palma. It's also the British cycling team's training base and we do a lot of our pre-season training there — usually a two-week stint at the start of the year when it's really quiet but the weather's still pretty good.
The main square of Port de Pollença is lined with restaurants, shops and bars on three sides but it is pretty quiet most of the time, except for Wednesdays, market day, when it comes alive and you can get everything from fresh fish and fruit to clothes and craftwork.My favourite restaurant is probably Tolo's, an excellent family place on the beachfront, owned by a cyclist and frequented by cyclists, which has a terrace with views over the bay and serves very tasty Spanish and Italian food.</p>
— Bradley Wiggins, Gold medal cyclist
Cyclists the world over agree that Mallorca's network of well-maintained roads make it the perfect cycling destination — some flat, some a little steeper! Whatever your proficiency, you'll find yourself spoilt for choice with world-class riding right on your doorstep.
Similar to Strava, MapMyRide tracks your sporting activities via GPS. Here are some of our favourite routes:
- Reverse Lluc — 69 km
(elev: +1,055 m, max: 603 m)
- Cap Formentor — 36 km
(elev: +1,281 m, max: 304 m)
- Puig Punisher — 221 km
(elev: +4,618 m, max: 1,026 m)
- Orient Express — 144 km
(elev: +3,666 m, max: 966 m)
You can search for cycling routes on MapMyRide.
Useful as they are, Strava and MapMyRide are not necessarily for everybody — not least those who like to leave their gadgets at home when they exercise!
Do you have a suggestion for a favourite route? Let us know, we'd be happy to add it!