The second edition of the TriStar Mallorca will once again be one of the most interesting and competitive events of the season in Europe.
The Balearic event is attracting many top-level professionals, such as Johannes Moldan, Andi Fuchs, Joerie Vansteelant, Philip Graves, Joel Jameson, Tim Brydenbach, or the Spaniards Alejandro Santamaría and Richard Calle, among others, who will fight for victory in category male. Among the women, the already registered Eimear Mullan, Sophie De Groote, Michaela Giger or Merja Kiviranta stand out. The first classified will share a total of € 10.000 in cash.
The starting line of the TriStar Mallorca 2012, which takes place on April 15, will be full of international stars, as happened in the last edition with the presence of some world champions and a large group of well-known triathletes internationally.
Less than two months before the appointment, the presence of professionals of German stature is official Johannes Moldan –Wonner of the TriStar Monaco in 2011–, from the Austrian Andi Fuchs - winner of the TriStar Split - or Joerie Vansteelant, Reigning long distance duathlon world champion.
Other top-tier names to join the British will be announced in the coming weeks. Philip Graves, Rich Sumpter, Ben Howard or the official TriStar ambassador Joel Jameson, Swedish Björn Andersson, Estonian Ain-Alar Juhanson (twice winner in Lanzarote) or the Belgian Tim Brydenbach, in one of the first triathlons on the European calendar. In the women's category the competition will be equally exciting with the presence of the current champion, the Irish Eimear Mullan, Sophie De Groote, Michalea Giger or Merja Kiviranta, They will go up twice to Sant Salvador to cover the TriStar111 distance (1 km of swimming, 100 km of cycling and 10 km of running on foot).
These professionals, like the 500 registered in the 'age groups' category, will go up to Sant Salvador twice to complete the 111 kilometers of route (1 km of swimming, 100 km of cycling and 10 km of running on foot). A total of € 10.000 will be distributed according to ITU regulations.
Among the registered national triathletes are Alejandro Santamaría, one of the best in long distance in Spain last year and third classified in the first TriStar event in Andalusia in 2009, and Richard Calle, who was the 2011 winner of the TriStar55.5 Mallorca and who is now making the jump to format 111 in this edition, after taking the podium at the Spanish Championship recently held in Valencia. “I found the TriStar55.5 Mallorca an ideal distance for people who enjoy riding on two wheels and who like to run fast. The 500 meters of swimming are a procedure to then get on the bike and have a little bit of everything. A first section of slides, then a section to go coupled at high speed (if the wind is good) and finally the climb to Sant Salvador, simply spectacular. Last year I won the short distance and this year I hope to get better km to be able to face the queen test with guarantees. At the moment I have trained much better and I am sure that I will get better in shape ”indicates Richard Calle.
TriStar111 Mallorca is open to individual triathletes or relay teams made up of two or three participants. On the same day, the TriStar55.5 will replace the previous Olympic triathlon with a total length of 55.5 kilometers.
The route of the TriStar111 and the 55.5 are the same, the participants of the 111 doing two laps to the 50 km cycling circuit and another two to the 5 km pedestrian circuit by one of the participants in the 55.5. Swimming will be in the bay of the port of Portocolom, to continue with a cycling tour that will take you to the spectacular and hard climb to the Sant Salvador mountain, known to thousands of triathletes and cyclists who visit Mallorca every year, with a height of 494 meters and an incredible panoramic view of the island and the southeast coast. The race on foot will pass through the old town of Portocolom, passing through one of its beaches before crossing the finish line of the TriStar Mallorca.