El Portocolom Triathlon 2022 is celebrated this Sunday starting at 8:45 a.m. with a stellar participation bringing together the best local triathletes who will fight for victory against a large group of European professionals.
So much Joan Nadal in the distance 111 (1 kilometer of swimming, 100 km of cycling and 10 of running) as Mario Mola in the distance 55.5 (500 meters of swimming, 50 km of cycling and 5 of running) they will be the great rivals to beat.
Tomorrow, Saturday, from early in the morning, the massive TriKids duathlon for minors will be held, also through the streets of this beautiful Majorcan town, belonging to Felanitx, and which will serve as a preview of the tests on Sunday that start at 8:45 a.m. (distance 111) and at 11 a.m. (distance 55.5).
Again the double and demanding bicycle climb to Sant Salvador, will be the great challenge for the participants, who will first have to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Portocolom yacht club and, finally, will walk 5 or 10 km through the historic center of the town and past its mythical lighthouse to the finish line.
Today it was officially presented at the Club Náutic de Portocolom with the presence of the Mallorcan triathlete Mario Mola, accompanied by Joan Nadal, current champion of the race.
In addition, the Olympic paratriathlete Alejandro Sánchez and the triathlete Isa de Fuertes, as well as the institutional representatives Jaume Montserrat, mayor of Felanitx; Miquel Pastor, director of the Mallorca Turisme Foundation; Joan Aznar, Councilor for Sports of Felanitx; Catalina Soler, Councilor for the Environment; Climent Garau, president of the Club Náutic de Portocolom; and Jaume Vicens director of the race.
Although the participation is reduced to 600 triathletes by the previous Covid regulations, the Portocolom Triathlon will have more than 40% of registered foreign athletes, and the sports level is one of the most powerful in its history.
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the balearic Joan Nadal will defend his victory from the last edition against a large group of European triathletes, including the British George Goodwin, his main rival, the Belgian Timothy Van Houtem, the German Fabian Eissenlauer or the Finnish Jarmo Rissanen.
There will also be several Spaniards with options to finish in the places of honor in this twenty-fourth edition, such as Julen Lopetegui, the also balearic Francesc Artigues, Javier cardona y Adrian Herrera, or Galician Inaki Pena-Manso.
In addition, the Majorcan Mario Mola, three-time world champion and three-time Olympian, will compete in the 55.5 distance in which he is the top favorite to achieve victory in what will be his first triathlon in 2022.
Mola is an ambassador for the Portocolom Triathlon and the international image of the event.
At distance 55.5, the exit will also be Balearic paratriathlete Álex Sánchez, medalist at the Tokyo Games, a benchmark in Paralympic sport at the national level.
In the female category at distance 111, the German veteran Jenny Schulz will have an interesting fight with the British Flora Colledge y Caroline Livesey. Schulz, the European duathlon champion, was ranked second in 2017 and third in 2018.
Livesey, who lives in Mallorca and regularly trains in the areas of Felanitx and Portocolom, is also looking for a victory in a race in which he will feel at home.
The Spanish Natalia Bermudez de Castro It will be the main alternative to the European triathletes who will take advantage of their stay in the Balearic Islands to get ready for the 2022 season.
The Portocolom Triathlon is organized by Kumulus and the Portocolom Triathlon Club, with the support of the Felanitx City Council, and with the support of the Balearic Islands Tourism Strategy Agency and the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan of the Government of Spain.