Written by Jose R. Mendez Monday, 06 March 2017 00:00
Sometimes we have to get away. Sometimes we are sent away. But the key is to be away at least once in a while. I was lucky enough this time to be sent away – for work – to Mallorca. Time to mix work and play? Absolutely!
Mallorca, a Spanish island right off the Spanish coast, has become the “mecca” for cycling and pro team training camps. And now I know why.
I got to spend a few days there and get plenty of Spring training in my legs. The terrain is so diverse, the roads so quiet (during non-tourist season) it really serves all cycling needs. From the same location, in my case, Port de Pollenca, I was able to head out into flat one-lane-roads some days. Then other days I rode straight into miles and miles of steady climbing and some amazing descending on the other side of each.
"Spectacular" doesn't really seem to be an accurate word to describe the place. While you are cross-eyed cranking up the climbs you better focus enough to take in the scenery. Without the scenery, Mallorca could be compared to every other nice riding location. But the stunning landscape compliments the roads so well, it truly sets it apart.
Never mind that on any given day you can spot national juniors teams refining their echelon skills or catch a glimpse of a cpl Team SKY riders being moto-paced around the countryside as I saw during my time. It is a great place to get away – or be sent away – to advance your Spring training. I know I left feeling stronger, though maybe I'm not! :-) But if I did not come away stronger I know I definitely came away happier.