Sa Calobra is a tourist attraction along the North Eastern edge of Mallorca , made famous for its wild twisting and turning road that weaves its miraculous way from the top of mount Puig Major which is 1447 meters above sea level to the river valley at the heart of Sa Calobra
I found out about this crazy road from the vespa hire guy in Soller ( bullimoto ) and his disabled dog , obviously the dog wasn't talking to me , but I had a lengthy discussion with Mr Bullimoto who's actual name escapes me - as does the dog's. But it sowed the seed for a vespa trip into this canyon of canyons to see what had so many motor cyclists queueing up to visit in the summer months.
The first thing we notice one out of Soller and into the Traumantana mountains is just how many road cyclists are on the island , literally thousands of multi coloured, lycra clad lunatics flying around hair pin bends at impossible speeds.
The vespa we had hired was a 125cc twist and go, so no clutch no engine braking and no get up and go , the brakes weren't the best and each bend was taken quicker than we really wanted, by the time we were half way down the brakes had faded to almost nothing and of course, no engine braking at all because its an auto.... the bottom of the road was almost a relief and the reason we got no video footage on the way down ... what a laugh.
Of the course at the bottom we had a wander around and a coffee in the boat house at the end of the road, its a fantastic road and the view at the bottom is exceptionally beautiful , easy to see why they built this road . The cyclists absolutely fly down this hill , get to the bottom and then simply pedal straight back up ! Of the course the mighty vespa had the edge when climbing back up this magnificent valley and we overtook all in our path at a breath taking 25 mph flat out speed, once at the top we were once again at a disadvantage to the loonies in lycra !