Mallorca, immer noch das Traum-Urlaubsziel der Deutschen. Wenn du hier die üblichen Rennradstrecken verlässt, entdeckt mit dem Gravelbike eine ländliche und stille Insel – weitab der zahllosen Strandtouristen.
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As soon as you allow yourself a little joy over the fast asphalt, you turn onto the first gravel track. Es Plà is the name of the inland plain that you cross from Sineu towards Serre de Tramuntana. Whereby level is not quite true. The route mix of the day is initially characterized by a lot of asphalt - and by small, snappy ramps.Nevertheless, you roll briskly - to Consell at the foot of the Tramuntana mountains. In Alaró, the road bucked like a wild Mallorcan mountain goat before it merged into a steep pass road. This leads between rugged limestone cliffs up to the Pla es Pouet plateau, 685 meters high, where vultures circle and the view extends over undulating hills to the mountain ranges of the south.There are potholes and cracks between humped asphalt residues - especially downhill there would be nothing to do with a classic racing bike. So exactly the right surface for the gravel bike.On the way back, the varied route mix continues: a dream of an asphalt road, vaulted by a green dome made of holm oak, turns into a gravel slope, which finally flows into a dry river bed.
The way to the Albufera nature reserve in the north of the sea is fast, flat and scenic a relatively monotonous route. Strong wind often blows from the coast, which explains the many old windmills along the way.In the first third of the tour, the proportions of asphalt and gravel are balanced. That changes as soon as you reach the border to the nature park: wider and narrower paths with natural cover lead for kilometers through the swamp area.Tall reeds on the left and right hide croaking frogs, water buffalos and all kinds of birds. Channels full of brackish water run through the area, just before the Platja de Muro beach there are a few meters of beautiful, winding single trail, the beach itself is full of tourists and quite built up.The return trip to Sineu is nicer than the way there: the perfect mix of gravel, fast, past secluded fincas and through varied landscapes, whose waves and short ramps seduce you.
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Overgrown olive groves, blooming gardens, fields full of poppies, pines - on this tour the whole Mallorcan flora is unfolded.From Sineu you go east: on small streets, slopes and trails through the Es Plà plain - whereby you don't stay in the depressions, but rush over the crests of the waves. Our path leads directly behind the rural town of Petra through the mostly dry river bed of the Torrent de na Borges. However, after heavy rains, the river carries water and can then be impassable.The winding trail ends on the site of a large estate. The gates may be passed, but it is important to close them again.After a well-deserved break in one of the numerous beautiful cafes along the Artà shopping street (our tip: the Café Parisien), you drive yourself on the fast natural surface of the "Via Verde" towards Manacor into a real gravel frenzy: over 20 kilometers away from traffic through small tunnels, gorges and wild landscapes before you can leave the last grains on the perms from Es Plà to Petra.From there it goes back to Sineu on small back roads.A side trip to the coast (takes around 20 additional kilometers to the speedometer): Before Artà at 37.8 km, turn left to Betlem, from there on a brilliant single trail directly back to Colonia de Sant Pere on the rugged coast.
The short and crisp circuit offers practically everything that makes engravings in Mallorca: Old cart paths, technical trails, empty side streets and cracked asphalt slopes run through a world of flat stone walls and Mediterranean flora with holm oaks, Aleppo pine and garrigue bushes.The undulating hilly landscape and the rapidly changing undergrounds set a fast rhythm. The paths are mostly very easy to drive, even if it gets rocky - you can always accelerate and let it run properly.A short stop in Vilafranca de Bonany is recommended. The highlight, both in terms of landscape and route technology, is the Ermita de Nuotra Senyora de Bonany, located halfway after the town. The former monastery is enthroned on the slightly more than 300 meter high Puig de Bonany hill and is one of Mallorca's most important places of pilgrimage. There is no bar there, but a deep well with refreshingly cool water. The view over the bay of Alcúdia in the north to the table mountain of Randa in the west is fantastic, from the monastery a short but demanding trail leads down, with smaller rock steps and larger boulders.Then it goes back to Sineu on winding streets and paths.