Adventures in Alcudia

Holiday time

We all arrived on time after an easy journey to Playa de Muro

We had the late afternoon to set up our bikes, with the help of the mechanics, for the following days riding before relaxing into the routine of pre dinner drinks (a quick top up of snacks from the local spar with strawberry gin, tonic, Tunnel, a local herbal drink) before heading to the restaurant for a feast. Nighttime thunder and rain so…………….

Day 1 – group cycling delayed!

All rides were cancelled for safety reasons. No Sunvelo – Super slippery roads with tarmac that contains silicon equals an ice rink! After a conference with everyone, Val, one of the ride leaders suggested we head out on a very straight road to Arta and up to the Castle. We gained a rider, Cliff from Southhampton, for the days riding and later in the week, joined us in for a sea swim.
All of us safely returned and ended the day at the Bikepoint bar, the finish stop for each days rides.



Day 2

The blue sky appeared so this was a signal for the girls to start their regular 7am swims in the sea or pool.




Group riding started today so we made our choices of pace; Veulta, Giro or Tor. We had slightly different routes today but Veulta and Giro met up for lunch at SIneu and Tor went to the caves at Campanet for coffee and lunch at Sineu  

We wound our way back via photos opportunities and a few climbs for the view.

Tor group at Munro





A very windy return ride to the hotel, but that worked up a thirst and an appetite for pre drinks and another feast before a stroll along the beach before bed






Day 3

Lunch at Petra for all the groups.

Home via our various routes. Sunshine and about 25 degrees .










A great day for our first sea swim, 17 degrees. Out to the buoys and back with Cliff and another adoptee, Kevin, both are tri-athletes.

Phil and Ruth arrived and we caught up with them in the morning and introduced them to pre drinks later that day.


Another walk along the beach and a visit to BikePoint again for a Mojito (Sarah)


Day 4

Campanet caves for the Tor group and a  mountain day for Giro’s. The Orient, an area of outstanding natural beauty with a mountain valley in between two sections of climb up the Col d’ Honor.
Jan had a race on her hands before the rest of the Giro group arrived.







Lloseta for lunch after a bumpy descent! followed by a visit to

Bike point again after a speedy return in time for a bit of sunbathing

A different pre drinks venue tonight






Last day for Sarah, Jan, Amanda and Ian


A lovely gentle ride to Costitx for coffee and cakes






Jan says – “Flexibility…All cycling abilities were catered for. It was possible to join in a challenging group and be pushed, or to have an easy day with a slower group or even to do your own thing.
High standard of well looked after bikes were supplied. 
Great social aspect – joining like minded people for meals and social drinks at Bike Point after the ride. A great feeling of being part of a team with the ability to join as a solo participant and feel included. Everyone was really friendly.
Variety of organised rides with great leaders and a good mix of undulating scenery, climbs and coffee/lunch stops.
Excellent hotel and facilities…… I loved being able to roll out of bed in the morning into a 25m heated pool and swim a mile before breakfast, then focus on riding for the day.
Fantastic food, catering for all tastes.
Short walk from the beach and warm open water swimming.
Great weather.
On a personal basis, I enjoyed being pushed to the edge of my ability. Sometimes I found the flat undulating peloton riding style challenging, but managed to hold my own on the hills, more than keeping up with the men on the 6K Coll de Honor hill climb!
Sometimes I would have preferred an earlier ride but after all it was also a holiday and a damm fantastic one”.
Sarah says – “A bit of a damp start but really enjoyed the trip, good to make use of the lanes pool encouraged by Jan, the sea was a toasty 17°C and crystal clear. The rides were great and well lead and now organised by Sam who has found some new routes so it was good to explore some new places as well as some old favourites.
It’s always good to arrive in Petra and see cyclists gathering on mass, and the contrast of the quieter square in Campernet. The Caves at Campernet was a nice new and scenic coffee stop. I enjoyed the final day stop in Costitx and seeing all the festival decorations and the colourful murals and some great cakes too. Great food and great company as always making it a lovely cycling trip”. 

Ian says

My holiday in Majorca didn’t go quite to plan!

Here I was thinking I was going to get a relaxing holiday and a bit of recuperation from my shoulder injury and my ongoing sciatica.  

Although the riding, scenery and weather were great I did suffer towards the end of the  holiday and unable to ride on the last day due to feeling unwell! Later, on getting home, I tested positive for covid and still after a week yet to test negative! 

I found the Sunvelo rides well organised and well lead. Taff who lead the giro group knew his stuff and very engaging.  

For me the highlight of the holiday was meeting another member of the Sunvelo team, Lance Ravenhill.  

I first met Lance in the Sunvelo bike garage preparing bikes for riders on holiday there. A gentleman of a certain age soon to be eighty in September. Very unassuming and very helpful in sorting my bike out. Two days later on my first giro ride I came across Lance again. This time riding with us and still a very capable rider. Chatting with him I found out he had quite a cycling career but very modest with it. He was a Cat 1 rider racing at the highest amateur level! He also excelled at cyclo cross. To top it off he also  won two gold medals at the 2009 Masters British Cycling  National Track Championships! He went one better in 2011 winning gold for Great Britain in the UCI World Masters Track Championships held at the Manchester Velodrome. 

Hopefully one day I will ride with him again!

Amanda says – ‘What a lovely time. It was so good to relax with friends, meet new people, eat great food, drink good coffee, swim in an amazing clear warm sea and ride around the countryside’.


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