Again we went end of April to Mallorca which is close to the end of the biking season on the island. Reason was the we always go between Easter Vacation and Pentecost Vacation (less people, lower price), and Hartmut and Brigitte wanted to participate at the Hamburg Marathon on 17.4., so we decided to go the week after. We had a nice group, with Jürgen Karrer, Bern Ammer, Brigitte Krist-Priehm, Hartmut Priehm, Wolfgang Mayer and myself.
The winter season had started pretty nicely, the weather was not too cold, so we could ride basically every weekend on the Mountainbike, later my new All-Road/Cross. But mid of February the colds started. Altogether I had 3 colds, with 2 weeks “ok” inbetween them, so only very little training was possible until early April. When we did a few tours in April I realized that the power was still there, but no endurance, my legs were tired after 2, max. 3 hours already.
So the training camp was necessary and I looked forward to it. Last year, we went a little too fast sometimes and I was quite tired many times, this year we took it a little slower and trained more the base endurance. Some intervals to train power, and then some mountains in the second week. A very nice mix, and some well known roads, we could ride fast fun rounds … this is what road-biking is all about 🙂
Traditionally (happened for the last 2-3 years), it rains when we land in Palma… but it stopped also this year at 12:00 and we could start at 14:00 a first short tour. During the whole two weeks, we had between 14-16°C at start around 9-10 in the morning, which went up to 18°C on more cloudy days and up to ~22°C on the warm days. So we always had to take some wind protection etc… but for training purposes this is still very nice. Especially compared to Germany, where they HAD SNOW for several days and day temperatures around 3°C.
As the weather was quite nice for the first week, we didn’t break and did tours for the 7 first days, including one longer tour (famous Orient). It rained on Thursday, so day 8 was the first break. Directly the next day we did a first top-tour: First we went in direction to Sant Salvador. But then we did not go up there, but instead to Castillo de Santueri, which is so-to-say the mountain next to Sant Salvador. That’s a nice change, this is relatively flat in the beginning, but then 18%-20% ramps on the last passage. Then we continued to Randa. Another new thing here, instead of going the boring road to the town Randa at the bottom of the hill, we took a side road directly out of Llucmajor. This is a really nice alternative, which then joins the main road up to Randa, very good when you come form Llucmajor anyway.
Then again we had two more days of rain, but only until 12:00 each of the two days, so we could do smaller afternoon tours. We used this to try some new roads, that we had never tried in the past years. And this was really successful, as those roads had no cars, few bikes and excellent pavement. With Smartphone and OpenStreetmap it is easy to navigate and find the right turns, otherwise we would not have dared to try those, because you never know when a road suddenly ends in the nowhere.
After that … THE long tour: as already in some previous years we wanted to go over the Soller pass to Puerto Soller and take the boat to Sa Calobra with the great serpentines up into the mountains… so we took off at 9:00am…
Taking the fast road via Sineu to Santa Eugenia (in order not to miss the boat) and then over the Soller-Pass. This is a nice hill, that you can really roll up , not to steep and good to ride. Then fast down and into the harbour. When buying the tickets, the lady already warned us that the ocean would be very rough and the tour could take a little longer today. Ouch… not good, rough sea?
Well… now we are there, so lets try. So the boat leaves in time, and takes 2-3 minutes out of the harbour… just to hit the first wave. Probably half of the people cheering loudly. Myself just thinking… oh, oh… concentrate and look at the coast and hold on… wow this IS ROUGH.
Hey, what is the captain doing? Strange route…
… hey, it looks like he’s going the wrong way? Actually, the captain decided to back into the harbour. Probably he was thinking about the cleaning he would have to do, if he continues and half of the passanges would … you know what. OK, I had no problem with this decision, quite happy about it.
But what now? We lost one hour and are back in the harbour. Going back over Soller-Pass? Hmm boring. Well, this is supposed to be the long ride today, so let’s do a long ride and take the mountain road up to Puig Mayor! Said and done … at the end of the day we had 150km und ca. 2000m altitude!
After this one, one short and and relaxing day tour. And then for the last day, we planned a tour to the Monastery Lluc. As Wolfgang had never before been to Cap Formentor, I offered to go with him, while the others wanted to take it more slowly. The road to Cap is actually a mountain tour. So we, Wolfgang and I, took only a short rest and started directly down to Pollency and then the road to the Cap. This is a 18km (and back) trip, which goes up first 250m, then all of that down again to shore level… just to go up again the same climb … and of course the whole thing back, plus the climb to the Monastery, so we had a pretty tough day. But the weather was fantastic… so it was a really great final tour for our training camp.
Statistic for this year:
- 14 Tours
- 1.504,5 km
- ca. 61 hours of riding time
- more than 13.000 Höhenmeter (low estimate)
- approx. 24,6 km/h total average across all tours
Here’s the Link to my tours-folder on GPSies.
- Day 1, 21.4.: 52,5 km – 24,3 km/h – 2:09:26 (riding time) – ~379m altitude
- Day 2, 22.4.: 100,2 km – 25,7 km/h – 3:53:37 – ~628 Hm
- Day 3, 23.4.: 133,5 km – 26,1 km/h – 5:06:41 – ~954 Hm
- Day 4, 24.4.: 122,3 km – 25,1 km/h – 4:51:17 – ~1.076 Hm
- Day 5, 25.4.: 102,9 km – 26,0 km/h – 3:56:54 – ~635 Hm
- Day 6, 26.4.: 122,7 km – 24,4 km/h – 5:01:31 – ~1.087 Hm
- Day 7, 27.4.: 111,0 km – 24,9 km/h – 4:27:30 – ~819 Hm
- Day 8, 29.4.: 147,7 km – 24,9 km/h – 5:55:34 – ~1.406 Hm
- Day 9, 30.4.: 70,4 km – 22,5 km/h – 3:07:35 – ~479 Hm
- Day 10, 1.5.: 91,2 km – 27,0 km/h – 3:22:07 – ~644 Hm
- Day 11, 2.5.: 151,4 km – 23,3 km/h – 6:28:46 – ~1.971 Hm
- Day 12, 3.5.: 84,5 km – 23,7 km/h – 3:31:04 – ~695 Hm
- Day 13, 4.5.: 126,7 km – 22,2 km/h – 5:41:45 – ~1.712 Hm
- Day 14, 5.5.: 87,6 km – 24,9 km/h – 3:30:50 – ~614 Hm
And once again… being back a week, I look forward to next year already!