First day ride

decending OrientMany of our clients want a good not-to-hard but challenging first day’s ride. This one is 50 miles (80km), with one major climb (and two small ones). It heads west along the Cami del Muro to Santa Maria (a good coffee stop), then heads north-west to Bunyola (the half-way mark, and another great coffee stop) before heading up the climb to Orient. You climb to the high point in one go, then descend in two steps—first tight and twisty down to the spot where this picture was taken, then across an alpine valley and up a little to Orient village, then fast sweeping smooth roads to Alaro. The road home then hugs the hillside through little villages: Lloseta, Biniamar, Macor de la Vall and Caimairi and then home to Campanet. I’ve talked about this lovely traversing road before—I like sending clients on this route first-day, so that they discover this gorgeous road in the west-east direction first (the more visually beautiful, I think). Click ‘download’ at the bottom for the gpx file.profile

Download file: Santa_M__Bunyola__Orient__Caimari.gpx