Just the words, Sa Calobra, brings a smile to every cyclist that has enjoyed the unique and varied cycle routes of Mallorca. With 26 hairpins, nearly 10km of constant climbing at over 7% gradient, it’s the most famous climb in Majorca and certainly the most dramatic.
Starting at the highest point that you can reach on the island by road bike, Coll de Reis 668m, the smooth tarmaced road drapes down the mountainside with glorious open cinematic views all the way to the sea and small fishing village of Sa Calobra. It’s the only road in and out of the village and it’s a strange feeling enjoying the downhill whilst knowing that very soon you’ll be pedalling back up that very same road.
What makes the climb even harder is the fact that to reach the Coll de Reis you have some serious climbing to do, either from Pollenca or Soller, or from the Inca direction. It’s also worth noting that it’s much better to do the climb in the morning and certainly before midday. The village at the bottom is next to one of Mallorca’s natural wonders, the Torrent de Pareis (an extraordinary gorge), and after midday it attracts coaches which tend to hog the road.
Whether you’re aiming to beat Bradley Wiggins’ best time to the top or just making it there without putting your feet down, it’s a great achievement and one worth considering when planning your cycle trip to the island.
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