This group is the focal place for cycling in GOC. Both to promote cycling day rides or trips and to advertise activities involving cycling from event arrange by the other groups within GOC.
Cycling covers a very wide range of activities from road cycling to mountain biking. From easy rides to challenging routes or sporty fast. Whatever the level or type of cycling the aim of our rides are for group cycling and when out on a rides everyone should feel they are part of a group. Once on the move it is easy to get spread out, so everyone needs to keep an eye on everyone else to make sure we do not lose someone and all rides have regular navigation stops to gather up everyone. While the gentle rides will have frequent stops as rides get longer of faster the stops will get spread out.
The listing of the ride or event will include a description of the length, the hill climbs, the terrain, and the general speed, this should help in selecting rides appropriate to you.
If you live in Bristol or the surrounding area then CycleOut Bristol is your local GOC cycling group for LGBT people and their friends, organising regular cycle rides and social events throughout the year. Visit the CycleOut Bristol pages from the menu on the left and get in touch or join us on a ride.
This annual event has moved to the autumn this year as the cycling season goes on late in the year in Mallorca so as to free up the Spring for other destinations
We are based in the resort of Can Pastilla, which is out of season for the summer tourist but fully functioning for the cyclists and a pleasant number of others seeking the sunshine. We can be sure the place will be teaming with cycling groups.
Our hotel is a large resort hotel but as a group we make our own environment and everyone else becomes background. The hotel is set back in its own gardens, so nice quiet nights allowing bedroom windows to be flung open all night. Now as standard the outdoor pool was open and heated and proves popular after a day's cycling.
The hotel will be busy this year, as it is full booked. Breakfast and dinner are both self-service buffet and as we are ready for early meals we could select a group of table together. If someone arrived later they could always fit in. We all progressed through the different courses of food at our own rate. Usually followed by a walk along the sea front and a few joining in the line dancing later in the hotel with the other guests.
We had use of the secure bike stores in the hotel. Can Pastilla is about midway along the sea front cycling path that runs from the harbour in Palma to El Arenal. This path connects with a number of low traffic routes so the need to cycle on any busy road was very minimal. Indeed in just one kilometre from the hotel we could be in small lanes surrounded by flowering fields. The programme of rides was planned to mix mountains with exploring the open countryside towards the east and south of the island. We start the week with the combined prologue ride on the Sunday the we split into smaller groups and on some days into some special interest extra-small groups.
Long and short routes can be taken across the central plain. We can take in all our favourite mountain routes. Much of the mountain range can be ridden in sections over the days. The North Coast from Andratx to Esporles. The high mountain section taking in Lluc and Soller was ridden in both directions by different groups. Then finally, the middle section from Valldemossa to Soller.. Those not wanting the mountains can take full advantage of the maze of lanes east of the resort and enjoyed the sight of fields full of bright wild flowers, reaching locations as far as Binisalem, Petra and Colonia Sant Jordi.
After a summer that started wet and has ranged from hot to rain, Mallorca offers us a change for some late sunny cycling in countryside that wont have all the spring flowers but will be lush green. The advantage for autumn is that the sea will be warm and a trip to the beach will make a nice finish most days
As with most years walking members from the GOC groups will join us. The hotel is not located in an area of the grand walks from the guide books. There are some easy walks direct from the resort and public transport offers connection to other parts of the island. Again this year contact had been made with the local Mallorcan gay walking and they may be offering a bit of local knowledge.
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