1. Getting sunstroke
Not wearing suntan cream + not drinking enough water. = an estimated one third of all cycling visitors coming to Mallorca are displaying symptoms of sunstroke whilst out here. With 308 sunny days each year it is worth taking care, even in the cooler months.
2. Scaring yourself in the dark tunnel on the way to Cap Formentor.
Many theories how to approach it, but the best is surely to have a small light back and front. This gives you enough vision and more importantly makes you visible to the hire cars as well as the hikers feeling their way through the tunnel in the dark.
3. Riding the wrong way down the cycle lanes.
Unless there is a marked centre line on a cycle path assume it is one way. Even if the road planners sent you onto it the 'wrong' way, assume they were high or having an off day. Unless there is a marked centre line on a cycle path assume it is one way.
4. Taking over a lane or a cycle path with your group
The rules of the road regarding cyclists are very specific here in Spain and they work well. We are lucky enough to have a local population who are very considerate of cyclists. Let’s keep it that way?
Riding more than 2 abreast is illegal. Fines are being handed out by traffic police especially outside Port Pollenca and Alcudia. You are permitted by law to ride two abreast, although you must keep as far to the right as possible. However in slow moving traffic or when visibility along the road is poor it is a requirement to ride single file.
5. Falling off in the wet
If you are riding in the rain here take extra care and allow for greater stopping distances. The roads in Mallorca have a higher percentage of granite in them so they don’t melt in the hot summer sun resulting in the surfaces being more slippery than the rough roads of colder countries.
6. Getting cold in the mountains.
They tend to be about 5 - 7 degrees cooler than at sea level.
What are we missing? Which other rookie mistakes would it be helpful to make fellow cyclists aware of?