CICLOSOL is based in Puerta Pollensa and is a 2 week camp with Trans Pennine usually going for just the second week. This year the venue had changed to accommodate the increasing numbers of cyclists (170 this year over the 2 weeks) and it turned out to be a big improvement.
The Hotel Bahia
The daily rides are split into 5 groups depending on how fit you are and how hard you want to ride. More often than not , all rides go to the same café for lunch and meet up with the backup team. Calling them a backup team really doesn’t do them justice. Rob, the driver is a senior trauma nurse and his wife, Veronica, is also a nurse. They follow the rides as closely as possible in case of an accident or breakdown and are there at lunchtime to top up everybody’s water bottles.
Group 1 is for the hard riders and they do about 100 miles at an average speed of 19/20 mph.
Group 2 is as group 1 but a bit slower at 17/18mph.
Group 3 do 60/80 miles at an average of 16 mph. (This group was split into 2 because of the numbers involved).
Group 4 do similar rides to group 3 but a bit slower at 14 mph.
Group 5 the ‘Touring Group’ do exactly what they want! Some cycling, some walking, but always plenty of fun.
The ride leaders with Veronica on the left and ‘Doc Rob’ on the right.