Brits head to Balearics for 18th Tour of Menorca

British club riders' favourite late-season dose of Spanish sunshine ready to roll

Not only has a British rider just won the Vuelta a Espana for the second year in a row, but we're also dominating what started out as a local club ride around the Balearic island of Menorca 18 years ago.

La Volta Cicloturistica Internacional a Menorca, aka the Tour of Menorca, is a three-day sportive that has become extremely popular with British riders keen to get one last hit of sunny weather, smooth roads, pretty fishing villages and cafe con leche before winter descends.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.