130km big loop

2013-03-28 16.15.22This will be the day you really put the miles in! As well as the length, this route takes in two big passes: the Soller pass (classed as category 3 on the profile) and the climb to the Puig Major tunnel (category 1). The route descends the longer way along the spine of the Tramuntanas all the way to Pollenca; if you’re knackered after the big climb, turning right on the descent before Lluc to Caimari and cutting home to Campanet will save about 18km.

 

130km route sollerThe first 40km are easy—down from Campanet village, across to Buger (too soon for a coffee, don’t stop!) and then along the Cami del Muro to Santa Maria (that’s the place for coffee (either by the church, or at one of the string of cafes along the main road where the people-watching potential is huge as every cyclist on the island will be sitting outside a cafe at the same moment as you, it will seem).

cycle climbing pair mallorcaRather than take the main road to the base of the Soller pass, this route goes up through Bunyola, through the town square (great cafes here, in case you didn’t stop in Santa Maria) and down to the base of the Soller pass (it’s a little more climbing, but more pleasant, we think). Then the climbing starts! When you get to Soller you’re at the low-point and the mid-point of the ride; remember that this is your last chance to have lunch (and to buy water) before Pollenca in about 50km time, so don’t speed through Soller if you’re on empty in either respect. Click ‘download’ at the bottom of this page for the gpx file.

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