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Spanish island smack-down: Sa Calobra vs Mount Teide

Spanish island smack-down: Sa Calobra vs Mount Teide

Sa Calobra (Andy Jones) Sa Calobra Sa Calobra, a climb on everyone’s bucket list, is a perfect tangle of roads hidden on the northern coast…

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Sa Calobra (Andy Jones) Sa Calobra

Sa Calobra, a climb on everyone’s bucket list, is a perfect tangle of roads hidden on the northern coast of the Balearic island of Majorca. Built in 1932 and known also as ‘the Snake’, its purpose was to transport holidaymakers down to the exquisite fishing village at the coast. Although not famous for being included in any races, its notoriety has come, not only from the magnificence of its construction but from the efforts the world’s best riders have laid down in training. On Strava, the best time is currently held by Sebastian Henao with a 24:54, but the unofficial record belongs to Bradley Wiggins, set in the winter of 2012 before his Tour victory. His time stands at an impossible 22:30, so just keep that in mind when you start your stopwatch running, which of course you must.

Set on a steady, moderate gradient, which averages seven per cent and spikes at no higher than 12 per cent, it is perfect for a consistent, solid push from bottom to top. From sea level to the peak, which to give it its correct name is the Coll dels Reis, over 9.4km you pass through stunning scenery, through a jagged tunnel carved right out of the rock and towards the summit, a 270° bend. Known as the Nus de sa Corbata, or ‘the knotted tie’ the road literally twists underneath itself to further embellish this road building masterpiece. Mount Teide

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