Rekindling my love affair with the road.

 The Road to Formentor, Mallorca, Spain

The Road to Formentor, Mallorca, Spain

I returned to Mallorca a couple of weeks ago with my good friend Russell Crecraft. He had never been before, and I haven’t been for about five years. This makes it my eleventh visit.

There were a couple of reasons for returning, one was to show Russell what I consider some of the best road riding on the planet, two was to visit and ride a place that has been very important in my life. Some of you may know I have a pretty big Scotland connection, Mallorca is where I met most of my Scottish friends.  

The deal with Russell is we ride together at least once a week together throughput the year. I usually make him ride his mountain bike, though he prefers road. I average two to three road rides a year as I just haven’t been into the road lately. He preserveres and joins me. 

This was my way to let him ride road but with roads I consider the best. 

I not only was successful in showing Russell a great time, I also rekindled my love of road bikes. I could easily go back, not too soon as the long flights really take a tole on my sanity.  

There were a few of new things I tried this year on my bike, all of which made my riding more enjoyable.

One, I used my new Trek Boone cross bike with front and rear ISO Speed decoupler. I had no sore hands, back, or bottom. One of the reasons I have not ridden road lately has been a sore back. With this bike I had none, and we rode everyday at least two and a half hours. 

Two, Road disc brakes and through axles. In the very difficult and technical descents it was amazing to have a bike that stopped and slowed effortlessly, in the wet and the dry. The through axles make the bike just that much stiffer ( side to side) for very precise steering.

Three, though this isn’t a game changer I will say having a one by eleven was perfect. My gears are such that I spin out at thirty eight miles an hour but I also have nearly a one to one for my low gear.  

Anyway we had a great trip and I even promised Russell we could do some more road riding here at home. 

Don Leet