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Location:Mallorca, France
Phone:0044 (0)75 997 191 79 or 00353 (0)86 196 6006

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SportActive Cycling Training Camps, Sportives, and Challenges

Founded by Martin Birney and Flora Mittermair SportActive run comprehensive training camps in Mallorca, Spain.  The training camps are designed for beginners through to cyclists who want to improve their cycling to a high level.

As well as comprehensive and skilled coaching staff, SportActive are regularly joined by patron and Cycling Legend Sean Kelly.  Sean rides with SportActive groups for several weeks of the season, and is a regular with SportActive. For 2019 he will be in Mallorca with SportActive for all of April and for two weeks in October. You will get a chance riding with the Legend, no matter your level.



Mallorca Cycling Training Camps

Cycling Training Camp  from February to May & September to October. This camp is for cyclists who have gone as far as they can on their own and need coaching to 'shift up' to the next cycling level.  This camp goes into detail on technique, and talks about pace lines, gear usage, braking, and cornering as well as other aspects of cycling.  If you're ready for the next level, this camp is for you.  Click here ... and perform better.

Cycling for Beginners – March and April ; September and October. If you are new to cycling or haven't cycled for some time, this camp will see you adopt correct cycling techniques and start the road to improved cycling and health.  Every year people of all ages come and improve their skills and find a new passion for cycling.  To rejuvenate your cycle skills and become healthier and fitter, this is for you.  Click here ... for full details

Mallorca 312 - The M312 is the longest amateur sportive in Europe.  Here you cycle the beautiful island of Mallorca, riding 312Km.  The route takes you through the spectacular Tramuntana Mountain Range and you will be riding with thousands of others.  Complete the course in under fourteen hours and you'll receive a certificate for your achievement. Click here ..

There are two other routes available if 312 kms seems a little far. M225 (225 kms) and the M167 (167kms). Both of these routes take you through the Tramuntana Mountain Range so you still get to test your climbing skills!



Cycle Challenges and Mountain Sportives in France

SportActive cycle challenges blend breath taking scenery with demanding rides.  This gives you the best of both worlds; an unparallel sense of achievement, and some of the most spectacular views on Earth.  Most of the challenges are based in the French Alps.

Geneva to Nice Challenge  June. In this challenge you will spend the week riding across the French Alps. The 'Route des Grandes Alpes' sees you cross the Alpine cols of the Tour de France until you reach Nice on the Mediterranean coast.  Along the way you will be fully supported by coaches and backup car.  You will feel like a rider in the Tour de France.  Click here to learn more.

Mont Ventoux Challenge  August. Take on the challenge of the 'Bald Mountain' and test your limits.  Ventoux is the col the Pros respect. This is due to the unique challenges that must be conquered to reach the summit. Microclimates, demanding gradients, psychological challenges have all combined to give this mountain an infamous and legendary reputation.  You now have the chance to take on the mountain the Pros fear.  Discover Mont Ventoux and five other structured rides by clicking here ...

Marmotte Granfondo Alps  July. Compete in the toughest Alpine Sportive in Europe.  Marmotte will see you cycle with 7500 others in the French Alps.  You will ride 174km and ascend 5000m over four alpine cols; le col du Glandon, le col du Télégraph, le col du Galibier and Alpe d’Huez.  This sportive will test your limits, and SportActive will support you with backup cars during the event.

Secure your entry by clicking here ..

Ride Marmotte Alps and Marmotte Pyrénées with SportActive and receive special bonus price. Test your cycling skills.

To learn more about SportActive, click here ...

Marmotte Granfondo Pyrénées – August. Together with its ‘sister’ Marmotte Granfondo Alps, this sportive is one of the hardest on the amateur cycling circuit.  You will face a distance of 165 km & 5600+ altimeters over 5 legendary passes. Despite the challenge the spectacular beauty of the Pyrénées will not escape you.  Cols to conquer include: Col du Tourmalet (Luz St Sauveur), Hourquette d'Ancizan, Aspin, Tourmalet (Ste Marie de Campan), and Hautcam. You may recognise the names from Vuelta and the Tour de France.

Ride fully supported with SportActive.  Book both Marmotte Pyrénées and Marmotte Alps above and receive a special bonus price.  Make the sportives your summer challenge.

Full details, book, and ride here ...

Training Facilities


SportActive are based in the 4* rated Zafiro Tropic Hotel based in Puerto Alcudia.  The hotel is 200 metres from the beach, and is in the heart of Mallora's nightlife and shopping district.  It is the perfect location for their cycling centre as it is ideal for warm up and warm down rides.  SportActive have onsite bike hire and workshop and guests can rejuvenate tired muscles through professional sports massage.

The bikes for hire are mostly carbon fibre frames with some featuring electronic gear shifting.  They are maintained by SportActive's in-house mechanic.  There is also a comprehensive range of cycling products and energy bars for sale.

The Zafiro Tropic Hotel has great facilities in its own right.  Several in and outdoor swimming pools, a Jacuzzi, a sauna, a gymnasium, to name but a few.  It also has an excellent restaurant and well stocked bars.

As well as excellent coaching, bike hire, mechanic, and professional sports massage, all SportActive services are exclusive to you, the SportActive guest.  Everything will just happen when you stay.  All you have to do is ride.

Cycling Packages Available with SportActive

Cycling Training with Sean Kelly

SportActive cycle training provides the coaching and facilities to take you to the next level.  You will improve your cornering, pace lines, group riding, braking, and gear use. 

Different ability groups available are:

  • Group 1 : 90-150 km depending on the route and terrain. Average speed 18-20 mph (28-32 km/h)
  • Group 2 : The runs will be on similar routes as group 1 above. Slightly more sedate pace - around 17-20 mph (28-30 km/h). Average speed 13-16 mph (21 - 26 km/h).
  • Group 3 : Distance 60-120 km and some of the more difficult parts of routes from group 1 and 2 are bypassed as to make it suitable for base level training.
  • Group 4 : These runs are an opportunity to explore the laneways and country villages of Mallorca. The distances vary from 30 to 100 km; the biking time is between 2 to 5 hours.

It is time to 'shift-up' to the next level.  Sean Kelly rides with the group on certain dates, please check the site.  Click here.

Beginners' Cycle Training - This is ideal if you are returning to cycling after a long break, or new to the sport.  The rides are paced to your level, and you will learn the correct cycling techniques.  The skills you learn here will stay with you for the rest of your life.  Click here.

Leisure Cycling - Sometimes you just want to ride and explore, and this is what this cycling holiday is all about.  Cycling is the perfect way to discover the island of Mallorca, and our guided tour will take you to the best parts of it.  Click here.

M312 Sportive - The M312 is the longest amateur sportive in Europe.  It is not just a great ride and a great race, but it is 312km of fun in a party atmosphere as you cycle a coastal route and across the Tramuntana mountain range.  The sportive has become an event on Mallorca, and this sportive is not to be missed.   Click here.

Click here to learn more about our training facilities on Mallorca, and to see how you can improve your cycling regardless of level. 


The Sportactive Coaching Team

Sportactive utilise a comprehensive array of skills embodied in its coaching staff.  All the coaches are fully qualified, and have experience of working with professional athletes.  Many of our coaching staff have also competed to the highest level in their respective sports.

SportActive Coaches

Martin Birney


Martin, a founder of the SportActive Company, has a vast experience in cycling and extensive knowledge of Mallorca, gained with over 20 years of training on the island. He has competed in Europe and Australia in international road and track, achieving 4th in the World Master's Championship. He is also a qualified cycling coach. He is a native of Donegal and his cycling passion has taken him to many parts of the world.

Sean Kelly


Sean Kelly was the world ranked number 1 cyclist for 5 consecutive years. Amongst his long palmares, can boast of 4 Tour de France green jerseys, victory in the Tour of Spain (plus 16 stages), 7 editions of Paris-Nice, 2 Tours of Switzerland, 1 Worldcup series, 1 Grand Prix des Nations in his list of successes. He was known as the king of the Classics: he won 2 Milan-San Remo, Paris-Roubaix and Liège-Bastogne-Liège as well as 3 Tour of Lombardy.

Derek Patterson


Derek is a qualified cycling and triathlon coach. He has achieved the Irish Masters Triathlon Champion title twice, and is also a European Masters Triathlon bronze medalist. Derek has coached athletes to 15 overall Irish titles. With this wealth of experience and from having been racing since the mid-eighties, Derek has spent over 20 years training in Mallorca. This has given him an in depth knowledge of the roads, cafes and villages of the Island of Mallorca.

Stephen Burns


Stephen has a vast experience in cycling mechanics. He comes from Donegal from a cycling background. In his youth, travelling with his father to races all over Ireland, he gained the passion for cycling and the knowledge of the mechanics of the bike.

Thierry Bry


Thierry is a French cycling guide living in Haute Savoie in the French Alps. He is a passionate cyclist, triathlete and cross country skier and takes care of the children of his local triathlon club as instructor.

Rafael Comas March


Rafael is a hugely popular figure at SportActive, and is a fully qualified cycling guide and a native of Mallorca. Rafael joined after he competed in several cycling races on Mallorca.  He still competes such as is passion for cycling.  He is a member of the "Club Ciclista Can Picafort" and knows Mallorca like the back of his hand.  Rafael speaks Spanish, English and German.

William Perello


William is a qualified cycling guide and a native of Mallorca. Having competed and raced for several years on the Island, he has an in depth knowledge of the cycling routes. He is now a member of the "Club Ciclista Can Picafort" and is still competing in local races. William speaks Spanish, English and German.

Alfonso García


Alfonso is a qualified cycling guide and a native of Mallorca. He rides since 1998. He often competes in local triathlon, trail running and half marathon and has an in depth knowledge of the cycling routes. Alfonso also is a graduated Nutritionist by UNED (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia). He speaks Spanish, English and German.

Jose Miguel


José is a Quiro-Masseur specializing on Sports Massage, Thai massage and Bioenergetics. Being involved in the world of sports himself - he was a competitive cyclist, both in mountain biking and road racing for a number of years, on a local level in Mallorca - Jose knows all the needs of cyclists. His first weeks with SportActive, in our Cycling Centre in Puerto Alcudia, in October 2012, were very sucessful and gave great satisfaction to all guests present in those weeks.


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Training Camps

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Reviewed by Rodney
On 05-May-2016 10:1:55

Comments:  via @rodneygomar1 Twitter - A tough day with @SportActive_net but a great week ! Highly recommended
Reviewed by Darragh Hammond
On 27-Apr-2015 10:1:24

Comments:  Thank you for the wonderful trip over Easter in Alcudia, I really enjoyed the training week and instruction. You and Martin run such a professional operation and look after all your guests so well.
Reviewed by John Mac
On 27-Apr-2015 09:1:30

Comments:  Hi flora, wow what a week ! I thought I could ride but I have to say Martin has changed my riding in so many ways . The Profesionalism yet fun was more than I expected and the people on the trip were of same opinion. So thanks to you and your Team for a great week. MARTIN IS MY NEW HERO HAHAHA
Reviewed by Alexandra Taylor
On 27-Apr-2015 09:1:31

Comments:  Women week Mallorca - When I came to the women's week in March I said my goal was to climb a Cat 1 Alpine Col next year. Derek said I could do it this year. So I did (albeit Pyrenean - the Col du Portillon to watch the Tour de France go over). I have also just completed my first Sportive (95km with 1000m ascent). So thanks to you all! See you next year.
Reviewed by Frances Buckley
On 27-Apr-2015 09:1:00

Comments:  Flora, thanks so much for organising a really terrific week of holiday for me. I had a great time, and great training. I don't think I'll be able to do any further cycling holidays this year, regretfully, but I do hope to get out to you again over Easter (which is early again I think 5th of April 2015) for a good week of solid cycling as this really sets me up for the triathlon season. I received in the post yesterday the handbook on cycling, thanks for this too, and have been perusing it for tips! Thanks again Flora, and a "Hallo" to Martin too. All the very best.
Reviewed by Sara Hawkins
On 27-Apr-2015 09:1:46

Comments:  Had a fantastic holiday in March in Mallorca. Great tips from Derek supporting me to achieve my cycling goals - have now completed 2 100 rides and thoroughly enjoyed them. Thanks again
Reviewed by Rosie Moore
On 27-Apr-2015 09:1:56

Comments:  I have been going down to Sportactive for about five years, sometimes my husband and I go to Mallorca twice each year to train with Martin, Flora and their team. We just enjoy it so much even when Martin is pushing us to our limits!! We have biked in many countries with Sportactive and have done many Sportives with Martin. Thank you both for many fun days on the bike and all the encouragement when hurting most!!! What is our motto Martin?? ' I am fantastic'.. See you both next for another week of work and fun.
Reviewed by John Fraher
On 27-Apr-2015 09:1:05

Comments:  Geneva/Nice is a cycle like no other..it incorporates iconic climbs daily which are steeped in tour de france history ie col de telegraph/alpe d'huez/col de galibier/col d'izoard/col de la bonette etc. Every day brings something new ..from lake annency down to menton. For anyone who does sportives..whether you have done the ventoux or marmotte.. this is the ultimate..one for the bucket list. As always martin and flora look after everything ..all you have to do is turn up and pedal!!
Reviewed by Ian Duggan
On 27-Apr-2015 09:1:05

Comments:  The whole week was a brilliant experience with some great people from start to finish. Loved the idea of moving from place to place each day and having everything arranged for you so that you could focus on the cycling (the closest I will ever get to being on a tour). As always the pacing was great and having achieved ones goals is always good. Could not fault a single thing from arrival in Geneva to departure in Nice. The only problem was arriving in Menton to the traffic having left behind the alps and some of the most amazing places I have cycled. Hopefully can fit it into my schedule for next year and do it all again.
Reviewed by Seamus Shortfall
On 27-Apr-2015 09:1:39

Comments:  Thanks for a very memorable holiday: the accommodation, location, wonderful food, companionship of the other guests and your coaching combined to ease the difficult efforts on the mountain. Thanks to your advice and encouragement, I've made a breakthrough in how I ride my bike and, more importantly my enjoyment of our sport. Keep me posted about July 2015's trip, I'd like to tackle some other mountains, although I'm not finished with Ventoux yet....
Reviewed by Fiona Cooke
On 27-Apr-2015 09:1:23

Comments:  A lovely week and lots of fun. Dear Flora & Martin, Thank you both, lots, for another super sunny week of cycling and having fun in Mallorca! Everything was up to the usual high standard we have come to expect from SportActive, great hotel, great bikes, great spins, great company, great weather..... we all had a ball :)
Reviewed by David and Marguerite Miatt
On 27-Apr-2015 09:1:32

Comments:  Our third visit and it just gets better each time. Dream team of leaders sensitive to our every need. New faces, new places, lots of fun - you're never too old to enjoy cycling at whatever level with SportActive. Thank you so much to Martin, Flora, Derek, Thierry and Guillermo and not forgetting Sean for his helping hand uphill. See you next year.