Cycling Weekly - - WELCOME - SI­MON RICHARD­SON Ed­i­tor si­mon.richard­son@ti-me­

Iwas in Ma­jorca last week on hol­i­day. I’ve al­ways been a fan of the Balearic is­land and as a pop­u­lar cy­cling des­ti­na­tion have been there many times — train­ing camps with my club, rid­ing the epic 312 sportive, reporting from the 2007 Track Worlds, and of course pro team train­ing camps. And once I went there on a stag do.

But last week was, I re­alised as I strug­gled in the heat, my first time in Ma­jorca in the sum­mer sea­son. Apart from that stag do in May (it rained all week­end) all my vis­its had been be­tween Jan­uary and April.

I was amazed to find the is­land still buzzing with cy­clists. I popped in to one of 12 bike hire shops in Port de Pol­lença, and was in­formed that Septem­ber is one of the most pop­u­lar times of the year.

Be­ing there with my fam­ily, I made a prom­ise not to hire a bike and dis­ap­pear off to Sa Calo­bra for five hours, so had to watch as many happy rid­ers fin­ished their rides up and down the seafront.

On re­flec­tion it makes per­fect sense. At this time of year you’re still fit af­ter the sum­mer, the weather is good, and ev­ery­thing — res­tau­rants, bars, shops — are still open. I know what time of year my next train­ing camp will be. MY HIGH­LIGHTS THIS WEEK

6 Routes un­veiled for York­shire Worlds 10 What next for do­mes­tic rac­ing?

24 A-Z of cy­clo-cross

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