Wednesday, 9 May 2012

ThorntonRC go to Puerto Pollensa for some Majorcan Sun

 With the recent onset of winter conditions, three Thornton members, Nick, Bob and Myself escaped from such adverse weather and headed off last week for the Majorcan sun and were not disappointed. With blue sky's, temperatures of 24 degrees and with great roads, this was a cycling mecca; which did not disappoint.

We arrived on the Wednesday and rode out around 45km to the light house at Cap de Formentor which provided a taster with  986m of climbing.

On the Thursday, we met up with a group from Activ who advised they were going out on an  easy ride, which we subsequently found out consisted of around 110km and 2000m of climbing with the highlight of the day being the climb up So Colabra, which was fantastic with amazing views of the coast line and numerous switch backs.

We all confessed that we did not consider the ride to be easy! Albeit,  Bob enjoyed the decent better than the climbs, as overtook numerous buses and cars! Feeling quite tired from this so called easy ride, we were invited on the, next days, 'hard ride', which provided 140km and climbing of 2300m, with the pick of the day being the 14km climb from Soler, the Puig Major.

On Saturday we finished with a short ride of 60km and only 800m of accent,  with the climb to the Monastery at Lucca, theCol De Sa Batalla, providing numerous switch backs and final challenge.

For those that have not been to Puerto Pollensa, for cycling; I would highly recommend it. All three of us will be going back again next year, so hopefully wemay have a few more Thornton members out there if you like the sound of this?

By the way we stayed in a four star hotel with views of the marina, large balconies and on a half board basis for a total cost including flights of £230!