Mallorca May 16 Leeroadie Correspondent Mike OFlynn

A Day in Paradise.

Day two of the annual pilgrimage to Palma Nova. As we write, some of us have trekked back from the local beach after a recovery swim in the warming blue sea, watching Albert and Lar do their stretching routines on the warm sand. John B has emerged from the Mediterranean like Ursula Andrews in “Dr. No” and we have to do our ablutions in preparation for the communal evening dinner. As a group we agreed on very small quantities of beer and wine so that our daily efforts on the pinarello bikes will reflect the sweat of real athletes.

Monday’s ride was a short loop to get everyone used to the sparkling pinarello’s. Some riders imagine that these bikes actually move of their own accord? This theory was quickly disproved on the first rise of ground! So, a short spin where we managed to split into two groups on the first magic roundabout! Up towards Capdella on the Julian Lennon route, on to Pugera and then a quick tour of Magaluf and coffee in Santa Ponza, before the customary mad dash home.

Day 2…Tuesday 1th May and we had two birthdays to celebrate as we pulled out of the Ponent Mar to Galilea and La Granga. Two formidable climbs totalling 1200 M.and a total distance of 65kms. Some huffing and puffing. This next piece is being dictated by PO’L, “John Burgess and Mick Coughlan loved the challenge, and Fiona Quinn was ecstatic”.

Tomoorows report will be from the Corniche!

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