“The most important thing for us is that you go home happy; that you’ve had the best cycling holiday of your life; and you want to come back.”
With 58 wins over a 13 year professional career, Stephen peaked in 1987, to become one of only two cyclists to win the Triple Crown of victories in the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and World Road Race Championship in the same year. In 1987, Stephen Roche had an impressive Spring of racing – he won the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, won the Tour de Romandie for the third time; finished fourth (with a stage win) in Paris-Nice; and he finished second in Liège-Bastogne-Liège. What followed, though, would go down in the history books as one of the greatest seasons in cycling history…
Stephen Roche and Claude Escalon established “Fitness, Velo, Evasion” in Palmanova, Mallorca, in 1994. The fledgling cycling holiday and training camp business welcomed the first clients to the island in 1995 and was soon renamed as “Stephen Roche Cycling Holidays and Training Camps”. In 1980, as “Directeur Sportif” at the reputable “Athlétic Club de Boulogne-Billancourt” (ACBB), it was Claude who gave Stephen his first opportunity to prove himself on the Continent before turning Pro. Their friendship grew from there, through Stephen’s famous Triple Crown Championship year of 1987 and beyond; and when it eventually came time for Stephen to consider life beyond racing, they identified the opportunity to create and develop a new cycling business venture on the Spanish island of Mallorca.
Our hotels are situated in Palmanova on the south-west coast of Mallorca only 20 km from the airport and 15 km from Palma city and you have three main partner hotels to choose from:
The Ponent Mar Hotel is the headquarters for Stephen Roche Cycling, this is where our office and workshop are based and where the guided rides depart from every morning. The recently renovated comfort studios are elegant with all the modern amenities you’ll require throughout your stay; and the hotel complex features a variety of facilities to suit all needs.
The 4 star Son Caliu Spa Oasis Hotel is one of the most emblematic hotels in the area of Palmanova. Situated in an idyllic, small cove — surrounded by mature, sub-tropical gardens; and with direct access to a secluded beach. The hotel has been refurbished for 2017 with new, modern decor.
In April 2017, the Delfin Playa Hotel will reopen after a complete refurbishment and be rebranded Senses Palmanova – a Sport and Wellness oriented complex. Clients will be able to enjoy the new Hotel, its comfort, elegance and endless number of amenities. Amongst the new additions to the hotel are 6 new swimming pools, including a 25 m Swim-Up pool, an indoor pool.
We have over 15 planned routes to suit all types and all levels of rider. Here’s just a few of the epic rides you can do with us… We offer everything to our guests; flat ride along quiet roads, sweeping climbs and dramatic descents, uphill pine covered climbs, steep climbs, flat rides on the countryside, conquering the famous Sa Calobra or visiting the Velodrome in Palma. Click here to get a better insight on what we offer.
We have a fleet of 85 full carbon bikes available to hire, with the majority being Pinarellos. We require your bike measurements in advance to ensure we reserve the best bike option, and our mechanic will conduct a preliminary bike fit before your arrival with final adjustments made once on site for your total comfort and enjoyment. Click here to see the different options we have for Bike Hire.
During the season we offer group Guided Rides fully supported by our expert Ride Captains and Support Vehicle. You can choose from one of 4 different groups depending on your fitness, for each ride, on each day. You can even change groups during the week, or even mid-ride… whatever your legs tell you! Click here for the full information on our groups!
If you're not travelling during our seasons, or even if you're looking for a more one-to-one experience, we also offer Private Guided Rides where one of our Ride Captains can meet you anywhere close to Palmanova and you can ride one of our fantastic routes or we can tailor one to suit your needs.
We also cater for clubs and groups, if you're looking to bring your club or a group of friends on a cycling trip to Mallorca let us know and we can put together a tailor-made itinerary to make the most of your time here!