Hi, I’m Greg Falski editor of SOFB Magazine..
My background is 17 years of riding all sort of bikes from XC, 4X, BMX racing, Downhill and Fixed Gear. When Dan asked me to come over to Mallorca, I realised that it was the perfect moment for me to ride on the road again!
I cannot believe the Mallorca cycling is so awesome, as is the local food and weather. It’s really got me back into road cycling again. I cannot believe this is work!
It’s beginning of October, in London it’s raining and here I’m in the sun slowing turning into a lobster again! Here is an account of my unforgettable experience!
Day 1… After sorting out bikes and having a bit of relax time after my flight I decided to jump on bike and do my first exploration of Mallorcan coast line. Dan, the owner of Marsh-Mallows & my host, imparted some of his local knowledge & I’m on my way. Heading out half way through the afternoon, I know time is tight & I only have 4 hours before sunset.
My starting point was Establiments, I head straight into the hills towards the French inspired village of Puigpunyent (one of Saxo Bank’s home’s during the spring). Sitting at 25kph, the gradual uphill, tree lined road raises the heart beat a tad, a nice start to the ride. From Puigpunyent, it’s a good 20min uphill culminating with amazing view of far away Port Andratx from a cafe in Galilea. My exertions are rewarded with a downhill stretch, full of switch backs and hairpins to Es Capdella. Though the village, I head straight over the cross roads to St Elm and the town of Andratx, passing an area of the mountain that appears to recently have suffered a huge forest fire. At the first roundabout into Andratx, I hang a right onto a stretch of wonderful tarmac, the Ma-10 which heads east along the rugged northern coastline.
The sun is starting to go down and view is stunning – right now I’m starting to feel my legs on some sections of that track. Estellences, one of the small villages on the north coast, great potential for a coffee stop. Smile on my face just such a nice view.. getting to Banyalbufar where local artwork surprises all passing tourists. It’s getting late, in front of me, the hardest part of the ride and all I can remember is Dan warning me about how quickly it suddenly gets dark. It’s 8pm & bang, it’s dark.. you should think about this when you plan your ride! Time 4h around 90km