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The background to this challenge provides some real context to the size of the challenge we are taking on.
The trip to Majorca was originally booked as a birthday present for two friends; a quiet few days with some gentle cycling (on the basis one of us didn't own a bike, and the other one had cycled about 50 miles in 12 months), enjoying some sunshine and lovely views.
It was quickly changed into an opportunity to raise some money as part of the District 1285 Rotary Ride For Prostate Cancer UK - Dan's Dad is a long time member of the Rotary, but as he is currently waiting for a new hip he has coerced us into doing the riding on behalf of his group!
Instead of some gentle cycling to help convince people to dig deep, we have upped the ante a little bit...
On day 1 we will be attempting to complete one of the most famous cycle climbs in Europe, the 6.5 mile, 2600 foot vertical ascent, 26 hairpins & treacherous cliffs that make up 'Sa Calobra'.
But to take on the descent and climb, you have to get to Sa Calobra first & then cycle back, which makes the whole endeavour a 70 mile long, 7,500 foot total climb. More than 5 hours in the saddle.
The day after, we will be attempting the more scenic 'Cap Formentor', a 35 mile, 4000 foot climb out to the Lighthouse on the very tip of the Island. Compared to Sa Calobra, a seemingly gentle 3 hour ride.
We have both started with literally zero ability or experience in road cycling - Gaz was actually minus 1 ability as he didn't even have a bike!!!
We are both working hard and training as often as we can to give ourselves the best possible chance of completing this challenge and making it through the same rides that Team Sky use to train on!