Mallorca Cycling – The Sa Calobra Experience
Sa Calobra or Coll dels Reis in Spanish has become one of the most famous Mallorca cycling climbs. The ride features 26 tightly packed hairpins that come at you thick and fast. The average gradient is just under 7% and the climb is around 10kms from sea level.
Every year cyclists from all over the world want to experience the climb. In part, this is due to Sir Bradley Wiggins training himself by riding Sa Calobra over and over again in preparation for his 2012 Olympic triumphs. Team SKY and every pro peloton team you can think of use Mallorca’s cycling friendly natural landscape to prepare their riders for the forthcoming season in January and February.
This has given Sa Calobra a legendary status in road cycling circles.
Here you can see one of our riders, Les, making the climb.
Here you can see other riders taking it on:
Experienced cyclist Rodney interviewed riding Sa Calobra
William's second run at Sa Calobra
Sa Calobra begins at Port de Soller. The only road into Soller is the Sa Calobra road. This requires you to descend it first, spin round, and cycle back up the 26 hairpins. You can catch a ferry if you prefer but many cyclists take the first option which adds to the anticipation and the challenge of the ride.
The views from Sa Calobra are like much of Mallorca, fantastic. The coastal and mountain views give you a sense of awe that you must experience at least once in your cycling career.
This is considerably enhanced by Mallorca’s cycling friendly climate.
Sa Calobra – You’ve either Ridden it or you’re going to Ride it
Several of our Mallorca Cycling holidays feature Sa Calobra, part of the Tramuntana Mountain Range. Early Season Training Camp, Mallorca Cycling Training Camp in the spring, and our October Summer Cycling holiday all feature the legendary climb.
Here you can see Hugh, one of our riders taking it on for the first time