Sa Calobra, as the climb is known, is named after the fishing village at the bottom of the ‘Col del Reis’. This is the most iconic climb on the island and is a must do for all serious cyclists. It climbs 2250 feet over a distance of 6 1/4 miles with 26 hairpin bends, one of which goes through 270 degrees making you ride over the road you’ve just climbed. The average gradient of 7.1% makes this a very tough ride. The descent isn’t easy either with many sheer drops at the edge of the road but you have to go down before you can come up because the only other way to get there is by boat. My best time for the climb is 57 minutes but the record is 24- 59 by David Lopez who is one of Team Sky’s best climbers. The whole ride, which includes 2 other climbs, was 6o miles with 6700 feet of climb.
Just a few of the hairpin bends – you won’t have a lot of time to admire the views on the way down but you certainly will on the way up.
Sa Calobra turns from a sleepy fishing village into a scene of chaos when the hoards of tourists arrive by coach later in the day.
As you can see the road is very narrow in places and if you meet something coming the other way it can be a bit scary!
A well deserved rest after the climb.
As you can see from the map and profile, this ride is straight out and back unlike all the other rides.