VUELTA A MENORCA
in 2016 we were joined members of Team SKY
The three-day Tour of Menorca is a sportive that promises great riding, great food and stunning scenery. The 16th edition kicks off on Friday 20th October and is centred around the square in Mahon. Having experienced the Volta a Menorca a fair few times, this 3 day celebration of cycling is now firmly fixed on our calendar – see bit of footage recorded from 2014.
Each day features a different route, out and back from the base, in the island’s capital. As you would expect, the event features mechanical and medical back-up, well stocked feed stations and a broom wagon if it all gets too much.
People often use the word unique out of context. However, when describing the Vuelta a Menorca you would be correct in saying that it is unique in it’s format and the hospitality of the organiser Arturo Sintes. Arturo’s personality and friendly character results a wonderful jovial feel to the event – far removed from mass participation sportives such as the Etape du Tour! Despite some challenging distances, across the undulating landscape, there is the constant buzz of people chatting, laughing & posing questions to the professional riders. Post ride beverages flow and riders recount their story of the day.
Arturo, formally the President of the Cycling Federation invites a number of current and past professional cyclist to the event – last year it was the turn of Team Sky and we were joined by David Lopez, Mikel Landa, and Bernat Intxaugusti. We wait with baited breath to see who is on this year’s guest list!
From year to year, the format varies very little. Friday’s short ride is a little loosener and then there are two longer rides on the Saturday & Sunday. In previous years, on the Friday, we have enjoyed a short 35km spin out covering the southern tip of the island, stopping for a tipple at a family owned vineyard.
On Saturday it’s about 110km, which includes a timed hill climb. In 2015 it was a 1.5km (10%) climb and lunch at Arturo’s bicycle museum in Es Mercadal, in the centre of the island.
Sunday is the most challenging day. Although the route is only 62km in length, it takes in the highest point in the island at Monte Toro (358m above sea level); a three kilometre climb averaging more than eight per cent. There are prizes for first three male and female riders to the top and any local professionals who ride the sportive are not allowed to compete for this prize but are more than happy to tow anyone to the top.
The event is concluded with a somewhat entertaining sit down lunch and prize giving. Very few riders escape a mention or a prize – everyone being called up on stage at some time or another. The British contingent were made to feel very welcome and singled out for praise & friendly banter. In 2016 there were 300 riders of which over 100 were British! The rest of the riders are made up of clubs and individuals from Menorca and Mallorca, with many riders taking the ferry between Mallorca and Menorca
We stay in a wonderful 4 star hotel set in a natural bay near Mahon. On Friday we help you with your bikes, before heading out for stage 1. The rides on day 2 & 3 start & finish just a short ride from our hotel.
Itinerary – 3 nights
Friday 20th October – Transfer from airport to the hotel (times TBC). Our mechanic will be available to resolve any bike issues. The 30km ride starts at Ferial Poima-Maó in Mahon at 3:45pm. Later in the evening at 7:30pm there is a welcome reception including a presentation, some wine and nibbles.
Saturday 21st October – Todays ride departs the square at 9am and returns at 2pm. You are then free to enjoy the rest of the day. We will organise a dinner in Mahon for those who want to join (not included in the price).
Sunday 22nd October – Todays ride departs the square at 8:45am and returns at 12:30pm. The event is concluded with a rather entertaining farewell lunch, with the presentation of trophies, at the Recinto Ferial Poima–Maó.
Monday 23rd October – Breakfast, quick 40km spin out & transfer to the airport for a late flight home
Flexibility – arrive earlier or later….
If you want to arrive earlier or leave later, please let us know.
Flights & Transfers
Fly to Mahon (Menorca) – The hotel is about 15 minutes from the airport.
Accommodation, breakfast, all transfers (as above), race entry, mechanic, race entry lunch on Saturday & Sunday, race entry food Friday evening, a short guided cycle on Monday.
Flights, insurance, incidentals, drinks, meals outside of the event, bike hire.
3 nights – Twin/double 450€ (price per person)
3 nights – Twin/double non cycling 380€ (price per person)
3 nights – Single occupancy 600€
prices include taxes and are per person based on two people sharing
email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to join us
I look forward to welcoming you to Menorca,