Each new season is the product of months of development, research and testing. Our Hors Categorie Collection for 2020 has been made to deliver a highly refined on-bike experience. To test it out, we went to one of Mallorca's finest rides - the Puig Major.
HORS CATEGORIE SS20 LOOKBOOK
From our townhouse in the centre Soller, an early start, a light breakfast, and a keen pair of legs took us to the base of the climb. In our gruppetto, a Giro stage winner, a women's Italian national champ, and two domestic UK riders willing to make them work. With riders who knew kit - this was a baptism of fire for the new collection.
13.9km at an average of 6%, the Puig is an uninterrupted ribbon of asphalt, toying with the contours of the Island's tallest mountain.
Never sending you into switchbacks the road is open to read, taunting to anticipate, and lightening to descend.
As the road steadily climbs, the town of Soller is steadily obscured. Sitting neatly down in the valley, the road sweeps you high above the rooftops, until occasional breaks in the forest allow the sea introduces itself into the scene.
Naturally, no climb is complete without throwing in a half wheel and quick attack - because our finest collection should adapt as soon as you stamp on the pedals.
This photography on this ride was captured by Chris Auld. You can find a selection of his work on Instagram at @cauldphoto.