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Video: Mike Cotty rides Sa Calobra with Fränk Schleck

50,000 riders have clocked times for the climb on Strava

In the latest video from the Col Collective, Mike Cotty scales Majorca’s Sa Calobra with Frank Schleck. Having ridden the climb any number of times on training camps, the Luxembourger describes how he’s tackled it in the past and gives a few climbing tips.

Just shy of 10km in length and with an average of 7.1%, Sa Calobra isn’t enormous but nevertheless draws huge numbers of riders thanks to its southerly location and spectacular scenery.

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Due to the popularity of the road in peak season, when it can get very busy with tourist coaches and cars, the Col Collective recommend keeping an eye on the forecast and heading there in December or January. 

Schleck, in particular, seems to take pleasure in the views offered while riding the 26 hairpin bends. “If you were riding in a group, you would see the guys below – so the ones you dropped. You want to see the guys you dropped.”

And after the climb… the descent

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PRSboy | 5 years ago

Climbed it last year, part of a few days cycling in Mallorca.  I don't know when this video was shot as it seems to be deserted, but when I was there it was spoiled by the traffic... either a queue on the way down, or nearly pushed into a wall by a close passing motor-coach on the way up.

Beautiful spot though, just need to ban the buses.


Martyn_K | 5 years ago

Great descent and awesome climb. It's that sort of middle distance climb that lull's you in to attacking it harder than a long alpine pass. Then it bites you in the last 2km if you over cooked it.

Quite pleased with my position of 6860 / 49509 and time of 38:55 from March 2016. I'll be looking to improve on that in a few weeks. Hopefully the weather is good enough for a proper push.

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