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Rolf Rae-Hansen

Rolf's a freelance copywriter based in Edinburgh

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Majorca Made Easy

When you think ‘package holiday’ sand, sangria and sunloungers spring to mind. To the list you can now add sports drinks, saddles and shaved legs.

Jet2’s new cycling range not only provides a family holiday with a spot (or five) of riding, it also caters for the dedicated lycra type seeking some quality time alone with their bike.

From the choice of locations I’d picked Majorca. Year-round the island buzzes bright with cyclists but peak biking season tends to be during the cooler months. It’s comparative, of course. The January average temperature of 15 degrees Celsius makes Majorca the go-to destination for Brits seeking some quality winter riding.

I’d arrived in summer season and camped at the Iberostar Playa de Muro, a four-star whose cycling facilities have been modelled on those offered to skiers at top European winter resorts. Continue reading “Majorca Made Easy”

The Sa Calobra Sharktooth

I was delighted to have been offered my first taste of Majorcan cycling, courtesy of the good people at Jet2 Cycling Holidays. My only concern was that, in the two days of riding they had planned for me, would there be any mountains?
Mixed group pre-mountain
I was to be riding in a mixed group, some in good shape, others less so, and would any share my daft keenness for riding uphill? Surely not. Pre-trip, I had decided that if neither day’s itinerary met my hopes then I would form a splinter group and head off solo in search of altitude.

Continue reading “The Sa Calobra Sharktooth”

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