After a visit to Mallorca last year to holiday with friends and for Amelia to complete some professional development under triathlon coach Brett Sutton, we were keen to return to the lovely Port de Pollenca.
This year we offered to share the wonderful area with others. We stayed at the Sport Hotel, Villaconcha which is perfectly set up for our kind of holidays. A bike garage, 25m training pool and just 300m from the beach the location and facilities are amazing. They serve a buffet breakfast and dinner daily, with a nice mix of fresh fruits, vegetables, proteins and carbs to have us well fuelled for each day’s activities.
We spent a lot of time cycling, there are lots of great routes and combinations of flat roads and climbing options. Sa Calobra is probably the most famous climb on the island, and rightly so. It’s a classic route where you descend the road first, then turn at the bottom and climb back up! We found stopping at the bottom for a coffee was a nice way to enjoy the gorgeous beach setting and psych ourselves up for the climb back. Another stunning route was the Lighthouse ride. It is a 40km return journey of undulating terrain. Busy with cyclists and tourists in the day we found going early morning was a perfect way to make the most of the views. We also discovered awesome coffee stops in the small towns of Llubi and Petra which became part of our weekly schedule.
Morning sea swims, afternoon pool swims, running along the seaside, running in the parklands and strength and stability at the hotel gave the triathletes a well-rounded routine each week.
It wasn’t hard to relax between sessions either. The hotel had a large relaxation pool area, with sun lounges and a bar service. There is also a spa area with hot and cold plunge pools, a steam room and sauna. The town wasn’t far away with lots of lovely cafes, cute shops and the gelati was delicious.
We’ll be back in 2019, stay tuned for more details.