Puerto De Pollensa : Why you should give cycling holidays a try

My partner has traveled all over the world in recent years on organised cycling tours, Cuba, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and South Africa to name a few, however with 2 small children it was hard for me to join him on his adventures…… until this year….

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Putting a few days aside, the opportunity was upon us to take a short break to Majorca’s north coast to the
beautiful town of Puerto De Pollensa, situated at the foot of the mountains and in the shadow of the almighty Soller.This was our base for 4 nights and 3 full days of cycling, sunshine and lots of cake.

We had planned to ride about 50 miles a day and with the right kit and the holiday feeling this was absolutely doable. We had previously managed a short tour in the Yorkshire Dales averaging the same amount of miles so we knew we had the legs for it.

We chose to hire our road bikes on arrival, having taken prior advice from friends and family who had visited the area before. We are both mountain bikers by heart but decided a road tour was the best option for this area and offered us both a nice challenge.

There were many bike hire shops to choose from in and around Pollensa and the small port town where we were staying. All we had to do was take our own pedals and pick up the bikes on arrival, all very quick and straight forward.Hotels were very accessible and all welcoming of cyclists, we chose a small hotel on the sea front who even kept the bikes in the cellar so we didn’t have to return and collect the bikes from the shop each day which was very helpful.

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Having never cycled abroad before, I was very surprised how welcoming the traffic and pedestrians were to cyclists in general, despite some very busy roads through the bigger towns and confusing roundabouts to negotiate there seemed to be no haters and no beeping car horns, it made the experience so much more enjoyable and very stress free.

The bikes were very different from what we were used to, but after a few times up and down the bikes gears I was in the zone and ready for the adventure. The kit we wore performed really well, we both wore Polaris for the entire time, a perfect opportunity to put the kit to good test.

Not usually my thing to wear men’s kit but I love the Polaris Geo Jersey , I wore this for our first day of riding, it was really comfortable and performed well, wicked away sweat and dealt with the heat really well.

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Day 2 I wore the new SS’16 Vision Kit by Polaris in blue, this is my favourite of all time, fit is good, the high cross waistband was so comfortable, the pad was in a good position for the bike and the wide leg hem was also very comfortable with no riding up, a good length short too.

I could of worn the Vision set again for our final day as it wasn’t smelly at all even though I’d ridden for almost 4 hours in the blistering heat, but I chose a different set for day 3 as us ladies like to mix it up a bit, the Vela Jersey and shorts from the Polaris SS’15 range was just as good, comfortable and performed well despite the heat and hills.

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My partner also wore the Polaris Geo Jersey  but also the Polaris Infinity Jersey and Polaris Force Jersey teamed up with some Polaris Pursuit Bib Shorts, again all performed well and there were no complaints.

After 3 days in the saddle, close to 8000 feet of climbing, top speed of 60kph, very tough hills but very fun downs we had the best time… time together, on our bikes, in the sunshine, exploring new places and meeting new people, we would definitely visit again but hopefully next time for a bit longer!

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