Time Trial Sa Calobra – www.ttsacalobra.com
September saw the third Time Trial Sa Calobra – a small cycling charity event that involved professionals and amateur cyclists. With the support of the Ajuntament d’Escorca, local cyclists, mechanics, masseurs, photographers, transfer companies and restaurants we were able to create an awesome two days of cycling. Saturday’s activities were centred around Hotel Esplendido in Port de Soller and hub for Sunday’s Time was the village of Bunyola. For the Time Trial, we were joined by local professional cyclists Vincente Reyes, Alberto Torres & Joan Horrach. One Pro Cycling riders Josh Hunt, Sam Williams and George Harper were joined by team owner and ex-England cricketer Matt Prior. Caroline Ryan who is part of the Irish Track team who train in Alaro joined the party, along with Guy Andrews a well know cycling journalist. Ex-Welsh & Lions forward Colin Charvis also joined us, just to show you don’t have to be 65kgs to participate. In a very relaxed environment, everyone loved the opportunity to get to know all the professionals.
Sa Calobra is a small fishing port east of Port de Soller on the northern coast of the island. It is the most feared climb on the island and definitely on the bucket list of any keen cyclist. The top of the climb is the Coll dels Reis but the climb is more widely known as Sa Calobra. The “Serpent”, is 10km of tarmac draped on the side of a mountain – 26 hairpin turns rise 668m at an average 7.1% gradient. One of the hairpins is so extreme it does a 270 turn and heads back over itself. The road down to the fishing village is only accessed from the top, which means you have to cycle all the way to the bottom before cycling back up.
A time trial against the clock is where the cyclists are sent out at intervals. They race alone, as opposed to a mass start – it’s a true test of a cyclist’s ability on a given course. The start of the TT Sa Calobra is at the very bottom by the sea and finishes at the Nu de sa Corbata (under the bridge where the road loops round 270 degrees).
Participants left Bunyola, with their bikes, and were transported to Gorg Blau. From there they cycled down to the start by the sea. On one of the finest start ramps ever made by man (Joan Horrach). The cyclists were released every 20 seconds at randomly generated start times.
The winning time was Josh Hunt from One Pro Cycling in 27:39. Jake Pieniazek posted the fastest non professional was 32:47 and at 34:50 Juliet Wolfe was the fastest female
After the Time Trial and a snack at the restaurant at Nu de sa Corbata the riders split into two group and cycled 70km back to Bunyola…. Where we had a bit of a party!
The aim of the event is for the participants to have a great day out on the bike & raise some money for a good cause – we had a huge range of abilities, some even tackling Sa Calobra for the first time. When all the donations are in we hope to have raised 10,000€ for Aspanob
Our chosen charity is ASPANOB – The association of parents of children with cancer of the Balearic Islands (ASPANOB) has been working for 29 years with the aim of improving the quality of life of all children suffering from cancer as well as that of their families. The charity offer sheltered apartments in Palma and Barcelona, psychosocial & educational support. They also organise many different leisure activities for all the family here in Mallorca. The work that Jaime and his team of people do is absolutely incredible – they rely on donations, so for anyone wanting to donate please follow this link www.ttsacalobra.com/donate/