Eighty thousand cyclists from all countries come to Majorca in the spring, a major boost to the island's economy, so encouraging cycling is official government policy. Riding along the official Cycle Routes from Arenal (40kph limit) you will meet hundreds of cyclists, the few cars treat you with respect. There is a dedicated Cycleway all along the seafront from Arenal to Palma. Within an hour of being met at Palma airport, you can be riding along it! Racing starts in January, with major events and World class track racing in the new Palma Velodrome following. Visit the cyclist's paradise, with Majorca '68's 50+ years of experience behind you to guarantee a safe, uncomplicated break and a boost to your early season fitness.
So start your cycling year a month earlier in the Mediterranean from February to May, and end it a month later then usual with our Autumn Wind-down!
AYRON PARK HOTEL
The three star Ayron Park Hotel is a base for hundreds of cyclists, from clubmen to pros to the Czech World Champs Track squad, as well as the Cycling Weekly bike testing team. Italian, Japanese and GBR sailing squads using the Majorca Regatta to train for the Olympics also base themselves at the hotel.
The secure bike garage beneath the hotel, with repair and bike washing facilities, holds 180 bikes. Rooms are of good size and comfortable. The restaurant serves meals buffet style, enough even for cyclists! There is a well appointed bar / café and a large pool. Seafront - the famous Playa da Palma - is 60 metres away. Two great bike shops, Ciclos Quintana and Becqui's, are within walking distance. Buses, to Palma or the station, run along the seafront.
Majorca '68 Groups are based at Hotels Ayron Park Arenal, in Spring and Autumn every year.
For the past 2 years we have also used The Dunas Blancas Hotel, which is 3 star and just across the road from the Ayron Park. It too has a buffet restaurant and cafe/bar area. There are also 2 outdoor pools with a terrace bar.
MEET THE TEAM
Majorca '68 - International Cycle Groups started with a trip for eight club bikies in 1968 with Doug Petty. Continuing without a break, it is the longest established Cycling Group to be organised from Britain for racing, training and leisure. Majorca '68 Groups are based at Hotel Ayron Park, Arenal, in Spring and Autumn every year.
Doug was a pioneering proffesional road racer 40's, 50's and 60's, locking horns with famous names like Fausto Coppi and Eddy Merx, Doug was a superb climber and dedicated athlete. Few people can claim to have raced a bike as long as Doug, he still held a 1st Cat race license into his fifties! Having run Majorca '68 continuously for 50 years, he is now taking some well earned retirement cafe spins and handed over the reigns to wife's son, Hamish Graham.
Having ridden Doug's camps for the past 20 years, Hamish knows the island "like the back of his hand". As an accomplished Elite category road racer and experienced cycle tourer, he brings a current knowledge across a broad range of cycling to the fore. Hamish has now taken over the day to day running of the holidays, continuing to provide a quality service for all cyclists; from those pottering to the cafe, to those winning races.
FEBRUARY - MAY 2019
51st ANNUAL “MAJORCA ‘68” INTERNATIONAL CYCLING GROUPS
4 NIGHTS MINIMUM STAY
Touring - Pottering - Training - Racing
Elite / sub-23 road races - Winter in Mallorca series Feb-Mar approximately 123kms. UCI licence required.
MAURICE WOODRUP MEMORIAL - 76kms.
TOUR OF THE 3 MONASTERIES- 143 kms.
TOUR OF THE 2 MONASTERIES - 108 kms
GRAHAM FOX LA CALOBRA & PUIG MAJOR SUPER MOUNTAIN RIDE - 165km
Come and enjoy the many kms of new cycle routes, not just narrow strips of concrete or tarmac, but very smooth wide lanes amongst tranquil pine woods, ancient farms, windmills, palm trees and almond orchards, only 10kms from our hotel
INFO / BIKE HIRE
Quality road bikes from €30 a day @ €130 per week.
Higher spec models pro rata.
Aluminium / carbon, Campagnolo / Shimano according to availability.
There is a 50 Euros deposit payable on collection – this may be more if you select a top end model. This will be returned in full if the bike is returned in the same condition as it was when collected.
An inner tube and tyre levers are provided with each bike.
Please bring your own pedals.
Bike hire forms are sent out with other information.
AYRON PARK HOTEL
Fully air conditioned rooms with satellite television, several lounges and bar, large outdoor pool, tennis and beautiful garden.
Breakfast and evening meal are buffet style.
Hotel Ayron Park Tariff, Feb - Nov 2018 - Half board
Twin room per person €41.00
Twin Room used as single €60.00
Single Room €51.50
Suite used as a single €70.00
All prices Euros per person per night,
This is for half board - breakfast and evening meal and include VAT
Please note Admin Fee £35.00, cheque payable on booking, covers Hotel booking, bike hire arrangements and emergency help.
We can arrange a FREE hotel transfer between the hours of ?-? (subject to availability) If you arrive outside of these hours, transport can be arranged for an additional fee or you can organise your own transport at your own cost.
Before you book your flights we ask that you call/email us to check availability.
Once you have booked your flights let us have the details.
Please try to book your flights to arrive in Palma no later than 20.00 hours and departures after 09:30 hours.
Don't forget your European Health Card! And let Hamish have your Insurance details on arrival, please, 'just in case'.
Hamish leaves for Majorca on 23rd Spetember.
After this date you can contact him via email, at the hotel (+34 971 26 06 50) or on his UK mobile (+44 7522 852629).
As you may be aware most airlines are now charging for each bike you take on board, this is on the increase which is why I have arranged a great, no hassle bike hire scheme especially for Majorca '68 riders. Hotel payment on arrival. Credit Cards accepted.