Tour de Mallorca - March 1st 2020

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Overview

Known by cyclists for its smooth roads, beautiful scenery and balmy winter weather, Mallorca is located in the Mediterranean, and is the largest of the Balearic Islands. It’s doable yet stunning climbs, its views of the Mediterranean, and its central location, all have made Mallorca a cycling destination for both pros and amateurs alike. Riders call it a cyclist paradise.

The good thing about the cycling in Mallorca, apart from the smooth tarmac and spectacular views, is that the gradient rarely gets steep. Unlike the famous Cols in mainland Europe, where sections of over 10% gradient are to be expected, even the toughest climbs on the island are more forgiving. With a compact groupset (50/34) and a cassette with 28 or even 25 at the back, you should have no problems tackling any of the climbs in Mallorca. Plus, there’s stunning scenery to take in. 

Sunshine, hairpin turns, and rewarding descents is what climbing in Mallorca is all about.
How long will the rides be? How much climbing will we be doing?

Here’s where your choice comes in: Each day, you can choose the longer route, with the big climb of the day, or the shorter route that skips it. Your choice. See the Itinerary tab for details.
We’ll have 2 SAG vehicles on the tour. We’ll stay in AirBNB accommodations, with fresh food cooked by our private chef.

In terms of getting to and from Mallorca, think easy – easy access from other parts of Europe and Israel. Even travelling from NY/NJ or Miami only requires one stopover.

Days of Riding
6

Total Distance
338 miles

Total Climbing
49,455 feet

Daily Avg. Distance
56 miles

Daily Avg. Climbing
8,243 feet

TRIP ITINERARY

Sunday, March 1st

Arrival: Let us know when you’re arriving and we’ll do our best to pick you up promptly. As of now, pick-up time will be at 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm, and 8:00 pm.

Description: After setting up our bikes, and depending on arrival time, we’ll try to get out for a short ride to make sure all’s working properly.

Monday, March 2nd

Starting from our villa, we’ll head to Palma. After hugging the coast for a while, we turn towards the mountains, ascending and descending, at times along the western coast. Finally, we descend back to our villa for a relaxing dinner and evening.

Option a)
Distance: 80 miles | 129 kilometers
Climbing: 7,404 feet | 2,257 meters

Option b)
Distance: 58 miles | 94 kilometers
Climbing: 4,789 feet | 1,460 meters

Tuesday, March 3rd

The Serra de Tramuntana mountain range runs for 56 miles (90 km) from the southwest to the northwest of Mallorca and covers around 30% of the island’s territory. Since 2011, it has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. All of Mallorca’s main cycling climbs are located in Serra de Tramuntana and the island wouldn’t be such an amazing cycling destination without it.

Today we head up into the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. The climb rises less than 1,640 feet (500 meters) above sea level, but that doesn’t stop it from attracting thousands of cyclists each and every year. The climb is located on the old road which is almost traffic free. On this beautiful climb one generally finds more cyclists than cars. A note of caution: while climbing, be mindful of the descending riders on the hairpin turns.
We end today’s ride back at our villa.

Option a)
Distance: 68 miles | 109 kilometers
Climbing: 6,948 feet | 2,118 meters


Option b)
Distance: 56 miles | 90 kilometers
Climbing: 4,853 feet | 1,479 meters

Wednesday, March 4th

Riding from our villa, we’ll head up Coll de la Batalla and into Serra de Tramuntana. We will ride north to the Formentor Lighthouse at the very tip of the island, hopefully to witness a glorious sunset.

We will load the bikes onto the SAG vehicles and head back to our villa for a celebratory dinner.

Option a)
Distance: 80 miles | 128 kilometers
Climbing: 8,352 feet | 2,546 meters


Option b)
Climbing: 53 miles | 85 kilometers
Distance: 4,442 feet | 1,354 meters

Thursday, March 5th

Departure: 7:00 am and 10:00 am from the villa
Description: We will head to the Palma airport. We look forward to riding together again in the future.

Dates: Sunday, March 01 – Thursday March 05, 2020

Price per rider:  $1,190

What’s included

Transportation

  • Pick up at Palma de Mallorca (PMI) airport Sunday, March 01, 2020, including luggage. As of now, the pick-up times are: 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm, and 8:00 pm. Let us know when you’re arriving. We will try to flex to customers’ schedules as much as possible.
  • Drop off at Palma de Mallorca (PMI) airport Thursday, March 05, 2020, including luggage. We will leave our villa at 7:00 am and 10:00 am. We will try to flex to customers’ schedules as much as possible, but need to check out of our accommodations by 10:00 am.

Luggage Allowance
1 bike box
1 large suitcase
1 carry one
1 Tallis/Tefillin bag

Accommodations

  • We will stay at Finca Can Salom, a 7 bedroom, 4 bath rental property.

Food

  • We will have a frum chef cooking for us. We will have breakfasts and dinners at FCS, and lunches on the road.
  • will bring cycling nutrition and drinks on the ride.

SAG

  • Services of our support crew and SAG vehicles. SAG vehicles will accompany us on all rides.
  • 1 Kosher Cycle Tours bike jersey
    Kosher Cycle Tours Dolomite tour .gpx files for Garmin use

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Pick up or drop off at the airport on dates other than specified above
  • Travel, medical and personal insurance of any sort
  • Additional villa expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar or extra drinks, gratuities

Optional

  • If you would like to rent a bike in Mallorca, please see this Bike rental option and this option. (This comes at an additional cost to the tour. ) We will do our best to assist with this process.

Weather

What’s the weather like in Majorca in March? The average daily temperature is 53ºF (12°C), and it can reach 63ºF ( 17°C) at the warmest part of the day. Lows at night are, on average, 50ºF (10°C). There are over nine hours of sunshine per day.
Kosher Cycle Tours suggests bringing base layer shirts, arm warmers, leg warmers, windproof and waterproof jacket, long fingered gloves, and even toe warmers. Of course, everyone reacts differently to the temperature, and you know yourself best. One thing to remember is that the temperature falls as we climb in the mountains. Another thing to consider is that it always feels colder than it actually is on a descent, especially if you’re damp with sweat or rain.

Don’t worry about needing to carry extra gear on the bike. Just pack what you don’t want to wear in a bag and put it in the SAG vehicle, and it will be there for you when you need it.

There are, on average, 1.10 inches (28mm) of rain falls during the month.
Descending in wet conditions can be tricky, especially on unfamiliar roads. Kosher Cycle Tours suggests that you bring tires that are suited to wet conditions to ensure maximum traction.

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