Mallorca attracts around 150,000 cyclo-tourists each year – a market estimated to be worth approximately €150 million annually.
The warm climate and the variety of routes, from demanding climbs to moderate terrain, mean cyclists of all levels can enjoy the many wonderful scenic routes around the island. Even the professionals take advantage of the challenging landscape, the most notable being Team Sky who choose Mallorca as their training base during the winter season.
Although you can see bikers on the roads all year around, the high season for cycling on Mallorca is from February to May, and in between September and October are also popular months.
The cycling season peaks in April when the Mallorca 312 takes place – with 6,500 participants in 2017 it has become one of the most popular sporting events on the island. Mallorca 312 began in 2010 when 199 cyclists set off for a single 312-kilometre lap of the island, and since then the event has grown rapidly.
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Why Mallorca is so popular as a cycling destination
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- The weather – with 300 days of sunshine the climate is perfect in autumn, winter and spring for cycling.
- The many quiet mountain roads in the Serra de Tramuntana area with little traffic, offer an alternative scenic route for cyclists.
- A variety of hard-core runs for professionals and moderately flat routes for leisure cyclists.
- Good infrastructure in terms of accommodation, specialist tour agencies, bike shops, etc., catering to the needs of this growing tourist sector.
- Stunningly beautiful scenic routes to enjoy all over the island.
- Good flight connections with northern Europe for most of the year.
- Growing number of well signposted, dedicated cycling paths, with good surfacing and safe routes.
Popular cycling routes
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Alcúdia in the north and Playa de Palma close to the airport in the south are the two main hubs for cyclists. Hotels, bike shops and cycling tour guides all cater to the needs of this niche tourist sector.
The west coast of Mallorca stretching from Andratx right up to the most northerly point of Cap Formentor through the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range is certainly the most scenic and popular with experienced riders.
All over the island cyclists find beautiful and quiet country roads calling out to be discovered, and some even leading to historical castles or mountain-top monasteries.
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Buying cycling equipment
As the number of cyclo-tourists grows and the general popularity of the sport increases, more specialist shops are opening to cater to the demand of cyclists. The high-end brand Rapha opened in Palma in 2017 to resounding success offering all the gear you need to look ultra cool on your bike.
There are a number of shops selling and renting bikes all over the island. Most focus on 2 -3 major brands, so depending on what your are looking for (road, urban, mountain, touring, e-bike, etc.) and how much you want to spend, you can find the shop that suits your needs.
Cycling holidays on Mallorca
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There are a number of specialised cycling tour operators on Mallorca. You can cycle with the stars with world-class ex-professionals such as Stephen Roche or Sean Kelly. You can choose a more leisurely self-guided cycling holiday at your pace including luggage transfers from one hotel to the next. Or you can opt for a week in the saddle where professionals assess your level and assign you to a suitable group, and a ride captain will guide you along the routes.
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