“A personal challenge rather than a race”

Let's give a voice to those who know us best : the riders! The Sa Calobra Cycling Club is a team, your team! Today, an interview with Chris, who talks about his experience at the Sa Calobra Cycling Club and his passion for cycling.

When did you start cycling?
Christopher Lye
: As a keen oarsman in my youth, I’ve always enjoyed keeping fit. However I came to road cycling relatively recently and have been cycling year-round now for about four years.

Where did you find the Sa Calobra Cycling Club?
I found Aurelien and his team on Facebook, and I’m so pleased I did!

You have been here two times already. What makes you come back?
As well as the SCCC camp’s organisation, pro experience and time bonding with like-minded cyclists, I just love the challenge. Aurelien has given me the confidence and coaching to improve my fitness and climbing ability, to a level I never thought possible.

Do you prepare specially for the camp?
It’s interesting as I’ve been on the camp with other’s who are recovering from injury, mid-term pregnant or using the week as a training camp, and they all came away having had an incredible experience. For me, if time permits, I’ll be training hard for the camp in a bid to improve my time up Sa Calobra!

What is your favourite route?
That’s a tough question, as Mallorca and the routes we ride are all so stunning. However, it must be the Queen’s stage, which takes in the island’s HC climb, Puig Major, and the all-out 5k chain-gang back into Pollenca to complete an epic day!

And your favorite climb?
Without doubt it has to be the club’s namesake, the Sa Calobra climb. Enjoy the views on the descent, and grasp the experience of pushing your personal limits in the time trial ascent. It’s a world renown cycling climb and very obvious why.

If you had one advice for the new participants, what would it be?
Not to overly worry about the FTP test or your position in the peloton. The climbs are a personal challenge rather than a race against your new SCCC team mates, and the atmosphere is always very supportive and fun.