The Ride - Inca - Puerto Pollensa
Length - 67 miles (107 kilometres)
Elevation - 8097 feet (2468 metres)
This ride starts just west of Inca on the MA-13 (we booked a taxi with a bike trailer that dropped us off) and then its rolling countryside towards Alaro. The ride turns right before the town and follows the PM-210 into the heart of Mallorca. The scenery is mesmerising as the road twists and turns and climbs towards the alluring village of Orient. Again, we found a cycling friendly cafe by the side of the road and stopped for a cool coke and water. From there we pressed on, following a road that was made for cycling. Climbing the hairpin bends over the Col d Orient are superb as is the descent on the other side. Be aware, the hairpin bends are very tight and skidding into them is a possibility. From there its a nice long roll into the pretty town of Bunyola and right onto the Ma-11 and into the Col de Soller. A five kilometre category 3 climb with an average gradient of 5% the Col de Soller is a tough challenge but a worthwhile one. At the top you are rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Once you have caught your breath, the descent on the north side is truly awesome (and dangerous if your not careful). The sweeping hairpin bends are tight and beware, some cyclists take them wide. Once the white knuckle ride is over the town of Soller is gorgeous. We found a great cafe in the square had lunch and dodged the trams that were inches from our chairs! The trams squeeze their way through the square honking their horn.. Once reloaded with carbs, the eight mile climb up Puig Major, the highest climb on the Island is enough to test the fittest of your group. It starts near sea level and rises all the way to the Monnaber tunnel (this is another tunnel with no lights, it can be alarming). Once through the tunnel the descent past the Gorch Blau is sensational as is the view. Finally the ride meets the junction for Sa Colabra and the little cafe under the trees. From there its a rolling run to Santuari de Lluc (Lluc Monastery) and back to Puerto Pollensa. For most of our group, this was the best day we had cycling in Mallorca as it offered everything from amazing views, great climbing, fantastic cafe stops and white knuckled descents.