by Mike Furnival
Arrived nicely on time in Palms on Tuesday evening and enjoyed a convivial evening together; probably a bit too convivial for some! Despite a few sore heads, muster was achieved at 9am to set out for Pollenca in the north of the island. Traffic was very busy in Palma first thing as we cautiously nosed out into the cycle lane.
Within 200 metres we hit a mud patch which upended three of the team and Murph took out a local guy coming the other way - they looked like they’d been mud wrestling!! Once disentangled and mud duly brushed off, we set off once more until Ant got the first puncture of the day within 100 metres - not the best start!
Finally navigated out of the city to hit the open countryside and get a bit of traction. The goats peeled off to knock themselves out for 7,000 feet or so of climbing whilst the ‘mortals’ threaded their way north. Nice pace, no more dramas.
The three support cyclists kept everyone pretty much together for the 80 kms all the way up to Puerto Pollenca; a couple of stops en route but a great team effort by all.
At the end of the island, north of Pollenca, is the formidable Formentor National Park with an unbelievably brutal first 3 km climb up to the viewing platform. Plenty of pain but the feeling on completion was exhilarating.
The afternoon was drawing in and we went on to the lighthouse, which was a further 20 kms each way but a brave team of 5 decided to go for it whilst the rest of us freewheeled exhaustingly back into town. A great effort from the ‘Lighthouse Family’. There’s going to be some sore limbs and celebrations this evening!
Thanks so much for everyone’s contributions to our chosen charities, much appreciated by us all. Let’s see what tomorrow brings!
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