This coming Saturday May 7 will be held in the town of Alcúdia, north of the island of Mallorca, the Sapphire IRONMAN® 70.3® Alcúdia-Mallorca and IRONMAN® Mallorca, two triathlon events famous for the attractiveness of the route and the great atmosphere that is generated during the event.
A few days before the arrival of this emblematic test, The IRONMAN Group is finalizing all the details so that this day of sport activities again be a resounding success.
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Mallorca, a paradise for triathlon
Mallorca is the main and largest of the Balearic Islands –located in the middle of the Mediterranean– and is famous for its beaches and the beauty of the waters that surround it.
However, the mountainous reliefs of the Serra de Tramuntana, which form the backbone of the island along its transverse axis, have also become increasingly popular.
With elevations of up to 1.500 meters, its winding roads become a perfect setting for road cycling, among many other activities.
A combination of the aquatic environment with the mountainous environment that makes this island an ideal place for triathlon lovers.
This is confirmed by the repeated success that the Sapphire IRONMAN® 70.3® Alcúdia-Mallorca has had throughout its XI editions, which has become the largest in the world of its modality.
An event that is also favored by the temperate climate that is breathed in Mallorca at this time, with average temperatures of about 19ºC, which allows it to be the first IRONMAN® test of the European season, with summer weather a few months after finish winter.
Good figures for this edition
This year, it is worth mentioning a particularly remarkable participation success in the Zafiro IRONMAN® 70.3® Alcúdia-Mallorca, which has already sold out its registrations, thus exceeding the pre-pandemic figures and reaching almost 4.200 registered.
Among these, we can count 30% of repeaters of editions prior to COVID 19, which confirms the desire that many triathletes had to return to Mallorca.
On the other hand, female participation continues to get closer to 20%, a remarkable figure given the traditional characteristics of this type of event.
In the IRONMAN® Mallorca, the 90% foreign participation stands out, with 111 registered from the United Kingdom (almost 30% of the total).
Starting from Port d'Alcúdia, the athletes will swim the 3,8km –or 1,9km in the case of the Zafiro IRONMAN® 70.3® Alcúdia-Mallorca– on the town's spectacular beach, very well protected from the waves by its bay.
Here, they will be able to enjoy the famous Majorcan waters and, when leaving, run through the white sand towards the transition. This is surely the most emblematic part of the IRONMAN® tests in Mallorca.
The cycled route has little to envy and takes the athletes to the heights of the Serra de Tramuntana.
Starting in the direction of Port de Pollença, they will enter the interior of the island, where the roads are twisty and the landscape becomes more rugged.
Passing through charming towns such as Campanet and Muro, they will head back to the start and end point or, in the case of the IRONMAN®, they will turn inland again, traveling along the roads of Santa Margalida, Son Serra de Marina and Artà, and making a loop before reaching the transition.
Race on foot
Finally, the marathon or half marathon takes place on a flat and fast circuit along Alcúdia Beach where, in addition to the overwhelming maritime views in the mid-afternoon, the congregation of spectators generates an epic atmosphere facing the finish line.