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25 Jul

Thank you to the guys at Cyclist and BikesEtc.

The guys at Cyclist and BikesEtc. have been amazing. They managed to capture exactly what we offer our guests. We are very grateful to them for their help, support and encouragement. Great Magazines! Follow the link below to their “In-depth Articles” review: Cyclist Magazine
6 Jun

A Mallorcan Wine Festival

Amidst the golden stone villages and olive groves, apricot and almond orchards is the imposing Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range; designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 2011, the roads over it are a playground for our cycling guests. At the feet of the range feet are the rich fertile soils of the wine-producing region of the island: limestone, clay and sand. When thirty nine of some of the best wine producers gather together in the Cloisters of the St Domingo convent in Pollensa, you have the recipe for a great weekend of wine tasting! ‘Fira Del Vi’ Festival The...
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27 Apr

Top Tips for watching the Tour de Yorkshire 2017

A tarmac thriller is definitely on for this weekend during the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire – Sky are sporting a strong team, with Gold medallist Owain Doull and Luke Rowe (Froome’s 2015/16 tour win team-mate), both of whom no doubt passed our villa (where we host bespoke cycling holidays) many times during their early season training in Mallorca this year. With so many world class teams competing the unforgiving and scenic Yorkshire roads, British Road Race champion Adam Blythe (AquaBlue Sport) will be spinning pedals alongside one of our favourite riders – Tommy Voeckler. Will he grab victory again this year, we hope so, and our binoculars will be trained on his black and...
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12 May

Acorn Sponsored Bike Ride – La Grande Finale

Team Bespoked complete final edition of 100k charity ride Congratulations to Sally and Gill for successfully completing the 100km bike ride on Saturday. Together, they raised a massive £1200 between them (and counting) for the Acorn Committee in their final year of excellent work helping people with dementia and their carers in the Harrogate and Ripon area. Since 1999 Acorn has raised £1,150,000.  The charity has donated funding for equipment, facilities and a research fellow at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Rheumatology Department under Professor Emery.  The charity provided start up funding for a service for early onset (working age)...
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10 May

Ironman Mallorca 70.3 2016 Edition

An amazing performance in torrid conditions Well done Tom! Despite torrential rain, a very choppy sea and skittish riding conditions, Tom battled on to successfully complete the 2016 Edition of the Mallorca Ironman 70.3 on Saturday in an excellent time. True grit! Friday was a great day on the bike (80 odd km) out to Formentor, with lunch back in P. Pollensa (pizza) by the sea, plum crumble at Bruce’s cycle café (great as always) and dinner at Can Dameto in the village where we had an excellent mix of tapas and hand-cut chips. A good set up, then, for...
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29 May

Hidden Gems – Sublime artistry in bronze and cuisine

Tribute to a proud Cyclist and Talented Culinary Team. As you cross the Faixina bridge in Palma over the La Riera river you might just miss Aligi Sassu’s sculpture of “The Cyclist”. The seven foot tall bronze was acquired by the city in 1999 and portrays a proud athelete with his machine, looking towards the centre of the city and the mountains beyond. He is for the time being obscured in the fronds of the young palm which was planted when he was first installed by the bridge. At the moment, the palm is a bike length ahead of the...
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21 Apr

Moorish Castles, slow roast lamb and a wine fest

Walk to Alaró castle and roast lamb lunch at Es Verger followed by wine tasting at Macia Batle. The Moors swept through Mallorca in 903, and stayed until they were expelled by a resurgent nationalistic shock-wave spearheaded by King James I of Aragon in 1229. The name Alaró has its origins in the Muslim farmhouse Oloron. The small tidy village merits a visit but today we head for the Castel d’ Alaró, the fortification that stands precipitously atop the Puig. Reaching it is a 2 hour walk from the valley, along a mostly easily passable footpath. Today we shorten and...
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20 Apr

Time Triallists, Famous Bikes and Pescado

As we look out over the gentle curve of the Bay of Pollensa, the sea is flat, calm. There isn’t a whisper of wind. Our view is interrupted momentarily by the flash of spinning spokes as time-triallists wizz along the smooth tarmac, the gentle clacking from their aerobikes the only sound. We are 2km away from the new home of an iconic time trial bike. Bradley Wiggins’ 2014 UCI World Cup Pinarello hangs alongside his Tour winning bike in a cherished restaurant in the Port. The time-triallists today ride the same section of road that many professional teams did a...
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28 Mar

A great recommendation from the oldest wine Bodega on the Island

Tuesday morning and the grey skies of Yorkshire feel like a distant memory as the cloudless azure skies of Mallorca welcome us to their colourful spring. A little jet-lagged after a late flight last night, we set off vaguely in the direction of lunch. On the way we take a diversion to Ribas, one of the many family owned wineries on the island, situated in the small village of Consell; the winery is a devil to find if you don’t know where it is, but fortunately after a determined effort a few years ago it is now a regular stop....
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25 Mar

Reflections of not being members of the National Cycling Team

It is a sunny Tuesday afternoon in Pollensa when members of the national team make their way past us on their white Pinarello bikes in their smart blue red and white team colours. They were in Pollensa as part of what looked to be an early season training camp; it was great to see so much obvious talent on display. Not being members of the team, however, has its advantages, one being that no one was about to start counting calories as we settled down to a stunning three course lunch in the company of a chilled Mallorcan white cat...
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3 Dec

Revered Rafa is made a Son of the Island

MALLORCA born Tennis player Rafa Nadal, was awarded the title Son of the Island, at a ceremony held in the Plenary Hall In Palma. He was presented with the prestigious award by the regional President, Jose Ramon Bauza, in front of a packed audience of family, friends and fans. During the ceremony Nadal said: “Throughout my life I have greatly appreciated the good fortune that I have had to be Mallorcan.” He went on to extol the virtues of the good climate of the island, although he did joke about the rainy day that occurred during the ceremony. He added:...
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