Just whilst it's fresh in my mind (and off the back of a welcome nudge from @Ved), and to help others who may have considered but not ventured to the event, I thought I'd give a quick write-up on the Mallorca 225/312 based on what I recall from the blur.
Cycling and walking in Mallorca outside the event
Myself and two friends arrived on the Saturday before the event to get some initial riding in around the Tramuntana mountains and another spin further inland (weather and fitness permitting). Can't really say much beyond what's been said before - the drivers are considerate, the climbs are relatively lengthy but manageable, the landscape is nice and luscious, the coastal views are beautiful (see: Deià), the road surface in the mountains is brilliant, and the towns are serene and charming with their fair share of nice cathedrals, monuments and coffee stops.
A couple of really noteworthy moments were:
Event organisation/everything but the ride itself
Jersey, number and musette pickup were available on the two days before the event from 09:00 to 21:00. Way better to pick up on the first day if you can as the queue seemed mega in the afternoon on the second. There was an expo area with a bunch of sponsor tents selling things ranging from trips to Taiwan for the KOM Challenge to chamois Vaseline (worked well on the ride, fair play ‘Base25’).
I paid 98 euros all in for the event, which would include a jersey from a brand called Gobik which had a good fit and breathability for how cheaply they must have got them in for, a nice looking musette, medal with engraving, and two drinks and a good old plate of pasta after finishing. All in all, I definitely felt I got my money's worth as the planning around the event was pretty slick. Even got plenty of texts before the event reminding folks not to litter in the mountains and alerts about weather conditions.
There’s no doubt it's become a bit of a mega event with 8,000 participants this year. I genuinely think steel/aluminium/titanium bikes constituted only around 5% of the bikes taking part and there was some seriously bling things out there.
Arrival at 6:30 in Platja del Muro for a 7:00 start. Obvious starting structure with lanes on either side of the road to funnel the starters and we were on the go in the initial flat coastal neutralised 26km (I think that number's right) by around 7:15. From that point it runs as follows:
If anyone’s got questions or wants to chat about riding there then feel free to drop a line.
Nice write up David. I was under the impression this was closed roads, but I guess traffic is light or do they close off sections?
It's completely closed off, with the exception of police control at major intersections (mainly on the way back at only a few big roundabouts).
Great write-up David, really interesting read
I'd be well up for this if:
a. I didn't have a heart condition
b. I started flying again
c. I had the time to train for it
d. Dov showed me some love
You know, just minor reasons really
^ Wasn't such a whinger
^ tough crowd
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