As October’s The Islander is distributed and dropped into letterboxes, the Senses 6Points Mallorca Cycling Challenge gets underway. This year most of the challenges were getting it underway at all.
If you haven’t heard of them 6Points run a number of bike rides in the region, party to raise some much needed cash for local good causes, but mostly to have some fun.
This will be the popular event’s fourth running. Conceived by keen cyclist Bryan Visser, the small groups of mixed ability riders take on the challenge of visiting Mallorca’s 6 extreme points. North, south, east, west, highest and lowest. In practical terms this translates to a three day ride describing a circumference of this amazing island, with hotel stays and social dinners every evening.
The popular cycling event was originally scheduled to run in its traditional slot in mid May, but like so much of our lives in this difficult year, was forced to postpone due to the outbreak of Covid19 and the state of emergency measures in Mallorca.
The ride is designed to be a friendly challenge for the riders, with many coming from overseas, but there is a serious side too. Every cent and Euro raised goes to support some very worthy local charities. ASDICA is a small Calvià based organisation that supports learning disabled people and their families, and Save-the-Med an island based environmental charity committed to marine conservation. The event enjoys the support of many local businesses through sponsorship, and has the vital backing of the Calvià Council, and Consell de Mallorca to aid with the organisation and to help promote two wheeled tourism in this cyclist’s paradise.
Senses 6Points 2020 has been subject to a few changes inevitably. After a devastating summer much of Mallorca’s tourism industry has been left with no choice but to call time on summer 2020, with few hotels remaining open, which has made the original route unviable,
The organisers have been working hard since May against the backdrop of changing regulations that allow for a full three days riding in some spectacular scenery that will maintain the spirit of friendly challenge, with the chance to dine and socialize with fellow cyclists at the end of each day’s ride. Bryan and his team of volunteers formulated a plan B, and a plan C as a contingency to cover any future developments.
Tempted? Sorry to say you have missed your chance for this year, but with a bit of luck, 2021 will see everything get back to normal, for all of us, and Bryan and the 6Points team already have 14th to 16th May in the diary as they revert back to plan ‘A’. Why not join them?