A gaggle of NYCC members attended the Stephen Roche
Camp from February 27–March 6. February,
Arrival day was wretched with rain and hail, quite unusual for
Mallorca. It stayed that way for ride day 1 and 2, very very
cold with a dusting of snow at elevation—nothing for us New Yorkers
who rode through it all and into good weather by week’s end, with sun and temperatures near 60°F.
The island is gorgeous, spotless and old and the daily rides took
us through the best part: the island’s northwest quadrant. There
was plenty of hard climbing and one spectacular day of switchbacks
along the Corniche coast with ancient
terraced slopes and sepia villages dropping to an azure Mediterannean below.
Average daily rides were 40–60 miles. We were divided into 4 groups,
faster riders doing more mileage, with all groups finishing
by 2PM. The camp accommodates
a range of abilitiy, i.e., during our week a Washington DC racing team was
there. Breakfast and dinner were group affairs daily and by week’s
even the 1s and the
4s were sitting together.