After two challenging days in Mallorca – a full-day ride with more than 1.300 m climbed and an (almost) recovery ride with 860 m climbed, for the final day we chose a shorter ride. The main reason was the time constraint, due to an early afternoon flight back home.
My cycling holiday in Mallorca started off with a bang – a full-day ride with more than 1.300 m climbed. As you might imagine, the second day I wanted something a bit more relaxing, but still challenging enough to take advantage of the Mallorquin scenery.
The first day in Mallorca was one of the most beautiful and challenging in my (short) road cycling experience. With more than 1.300 elevation gain, it was more than I’ve climbed in my whole road cycling experience!
During a short city break to Lisbon (Portugal) we also planned an exciting route to Cabo da Roca, the Westernmost point of continental Europe. This was my first road cycling experience in a foreign country, all the others trips being in Romania (you can read more about my Romanian road cycling trips here).
The challenging ride to Păltiniș from the previous day had definitely had an impact on us – the muscle soreness and lack of energy were at high levels when we woke up. However, our determination to ride also on the second day of the Sibiu adventure was stronger than the pain we felt. So after a quick breakfast at Nod Pub we were up in the saddle and ready for another climb.
Saturday very early in the morning we left from Bucharest, sleepy but overly excited. At around 11.00 we arrived in Sibiu, ready for the ride! This time I was better equipped than the previous ride to Paltinu – I had a beautiful cycling jersey and my own lovely helmet. The bike was still rented, however it was perfectly sized for me.
Saturday at noon. Here I was, in a beautiful park in Câmpina, at the base of the first hill I was going to climb on a road cycle. Equipped with a rented bike, a borrowed helmet and an improvised cycling kit (only the bibs were designed with that purpose in mind), but also with a lot of enthusiasm and a bit of anxiety.
Why? Cycling Out and About was born out of the desire to document my cycling adventures and to share with other cyclists the trails I discover in my home country Romania and also around Europe. I also aim to encourage road cycling among women. My first impression based on the people I see on the…