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5 of the best climbs in Mallorca

 

5, Coll de la Creueta 3km, 5%, 230 meters
This one is always great for a first day warm up to get those climbing legs going. Wonderful way to do a bike shake down and to check everything is working. This is the start of the route that take you all the way to the famous Formentor lighthouse. As its right on the door step of Puerto Pollensa, you will have a stunning view of the bay waiting for you as summit this little beauty.

4, Puig Major 14km, 6%, 850 meters
The highest point on the island and at 14km it’s the longest. The breath-taking views and super smooth tarmac make it a pleasure to climb even on the toughest days in the saddle. Never getting too steep you can ride this one at a high cadence. Not often climbed but for the pure mountain goats out there, it’s one we highly recommend.

3. Coll de Sóller 7km, 6%, 497 meters (North side from Port Soller)
Not a steep climb but a tough one with numerous switch backs to deal with! As there are so many, it’s hard to keep count and I challenge you to do so. I’ve tackled this one a few times now and have enjoyed flowing, curly wirley feel to it. To take traffic away from the climb they have built a tunnel going through the mountain, which was completed in 1997. This has made the climb almost exclusive for cyclist to use.

2. Sa Calobra 9km, 7%, 682 meters (Coll Dels Reis)
The tough one that everyone wants to do! It really will deliver everything that you expect. To complete the climb, you must descend into the bay of Sa Calobra. Once you get to the bottom I would recommend popping a gel or a bar down and get going again. The road hugs the mountain face and with an average gradient of 7% with steeper gradients of 12% in the final 2k.  I would recommend doing this early morning as during the busier times it can become busy with cyclist, cars and coaches.  

1. Coll de sa Batalla 7.9km, 5%, 576 meters
My Favorite climb and for good reason. 5% gradient isn’t the most challenging, but I just love this one. You start off going through the beautiful town of Caimari starting the climb straight away as you exit the other side. The beginning is nice as it is sheltered with trees on either side of the road protecting you from the sun. With superb views, switch backs, fast flowing flat sections it has become one of the most popular climbs on the island.