The Badgers Vuelta a Mallorca, June 7th – 11th 2017

Barking Badgers Vuelta a Mallorca 2017

The Badgers Vuelta a Mallorca, June 7th – 11th 2017

  • June 7, 2017 - June 11, 2017
    7:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Badgers are a group of like-minded cyclists who for the last 13 years have raised money for Action Medical Research by cycling in the tyre tread of the professionals all over Europe. In 2017, we are returning to that old favourite, Mallorca, the island of sunshine, sea and cycling.

In Brief

  • Challenge Type: Road Cycling
  • Challenge Name: Vuelta a Mallorca 2017
  • Destination: Mallorca, Spain
  • Date: 7th – 11th June 2017
  • Grade: levels for all abilities

 

  • Register:

In order to register for the Badgers trip to Mallorca, you will need to go to EventBrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-badgers-2017-registration-27323014873

The password is:

Badgers 17 (with a space between Badgers and 17)

Payment is by BACS or cheque direct to pie. Please contact Tina on Tina@pieevents.co.uk for payment information.

 

 

 

Highlights:

  • Fantastic quiet roads with good surfaces and wonderful scenery
  • Tramuntana mountain range climbs
  • Offering Col de Soller, 100 mile day and Sa Calobra as options
  • 3 different route options per day
  • Fully supported guided ride

Overview:


Day 1 – Warm up loop 
Itinerary (subject to change):

Singers 51k & 343m; Badgers 60 km & 448m; Barking 65k & 1043m

Arrive into Palma, Mallorca on a choice of flights to be met by the single transfer from Palma airport to Pollensa – 45 mins. After setting up the bikes, we’ll have lunch and a briefing before heading out on the road. Depending on flight times, there are 2 ride options – Cap de Formentor or a quiet inland route to Cala St Vicente.

Dinner and accommodation in Pollenҫa.

Day 2 – Pollenҫa to Valldemossa 

Singers – 100km & 1582m; Badgers – 122km & 1734m; Barking – 160km & 2035m

Leaving the hotel behind us we make our way inland with the objective of crossing the island and reaching the far south west coast and the Tramuntana mountains. We all start the day with a relatively flat morning – relative to the afternoon that is! We head south east towards Santa Margalida and then explore further to the east, along some fantastic, quiet roads before heading back north west towards the hills and a restaurant lunch all together in Campanet.

After lunch, we leave the flatlands of the centre of the island behind us, and head up into the foothills of the Tramuntana range. We all take a fabulous route that winds it’s way from Alora through fragrant pine woods and remote countryside up and over Col D’Orient and the Col d’Honor. We’ll have a brief stop in the afternoon in Orient.

Accommodation is split across various hotels; dinner will be in a restaurant all together

Day 3 – Valldemossa to Palma

Singers – 90km & 1528m; Badgers – 116km & 1979m; Barking – 130km & 2379m

This is another stunning day with everything you would expect from a mountainous Mediterranean island – stunning inland routes, amazing coastal roads, short sharp hills and long demanding ones, forests, cliff tops and all of it topped by an azure sky.

We all start the day heading north then east and all tackle Coll de Soller from the Port de Soller side. This route has an impressive 24 hairpins (more than Alpe d’Huez!) and little traffic. Once we reach the bottom the groups split with Singers heading inland on “the most beautiful inland road in Mallorca” and Badgers and Barking head for the Coll des Pi and the  undulating road of the coast and some  stunning coastal scenery. Badgers then head further south to the picturesque resort of Port d’Andratx and Barking return inland towards Puigpunyent. Whichever route you take, this is a fantastic days riding and you can relive it in style with a beer over looking the Mediterranean before dinner.

Dinner & accommodation in Palma.

Day 4 Palma to Pollenҫa 

Singers – 85km & 930m; Badgers – 127km & 2145m; Barking – 128km & 2664m

After such a spectacular day on day 3 it is hard to imagine the route could get any better – but it does. Day 4 is the climax of 4 days riding.

All routes out of Palma have a fairly flat first 20kms until Barking again tackle Coll de Soller but this time from the Palma side. For Barking this is the 1st of the 3 classic climbs of the day. No 2 is Puig Major, 14km long with a steady gradient of 6%. And then of course there is the (in)famous Sa Calobra. The descent is beyond description – 12kms of hairpins, switchbacks, 360 degree turns through tunnels, fast straights and chicanes with a descent and consequent ascent of 800m. It’s down to the sea edge … and back up.

Badgers also get a chance to tackle Sa Calobra but they take a different route there, staying more inland, with Singers taking a completely different route. We go inland and up the popular cat 2 climb, Col de Sa Batalla, to Lluc. At this point Singers head back to the hotel and Badgers head to Sa Calobra, for those who dare.

Either way we all then follow the road as it dips and rises along the contours of the Tramuntana mountain range back towards Pollenҫa and our finish hotel.

Pack up bikes over a celebratory beer or two and load into the truck. Drinks reception and dinner in the hotel.

Day 5

Free day to relax and enjoy all the hotel facilities until the transfer to the airport.

Costs: £1550 per person (plus £250 single room supplement if applicable)

Costs include:

  • Four night’s accommodation half board in twin rooms
  • Four lunches, excellent refreshment stops twice a day on the riding days, post ride food daily, SiS gels, bottled water throughout the ride
  • Experienced guides at a ratio of 8:1
  • Luggage transfer daily
  • Single group transfer from airport to start hotel and back from finish hotel to the airport
  • Celebratory finish drinks
  • Tour leaders, event managers, support vehicles, & fully qualified medics
  • Options of 3 routes per day of different difficulties
  • Transfer of bikes from the UK to start of ride and back again to a single point
  • 2 jerseys per person
  • Finish dinner with wine, auction, prizes, etc
  • Bike storage in advance of the ride and after the ride at www.storagepod.co.uk

Costs do not include:

  • Flights
  • Travel and bike insurance
  • Personal expenditures such as drinks (except the last night)

Sponsors:

We thank all of the amazing sponsors who have allowed this event to happen.

 

 

 

Action Medical Research:

As per previous years we are riding to raise money for AMR and the above price covers tour costs only. We recommend a minimum individual contribution to AMR of £600 which is mandatory for any corporate bookings.

Looking After You

The route will be fully recce’d and will be along a selection of small, safe routes making the cycling fun as well as challenging.

The event is fully supported with guides at a ratio of one guide to 10 cyclists, support vehicles, tour leaders and medics. Each day you will receive breakfast at the hotel before setting off, morning and afternoon refreshment stops while on the ride, a substantial lunch plus dinner and twin room accommodation each night.

For more information, please contact Tina Makin at pie: Tina@pieevents.co.uk

Itinerary and accommodation subject to change