The test will reach the registered 800
El Portocolom International Triathlon This 12 on April celebrates its eighteenth edition and after having been awarded as the best triathlon of the Balearic Islands for two consecutive years by the athletes themselves. The numbers will be exhausted before the weekend (800 places) and there will be, as every year, a large group of local and international professionals fighting for victory in both formats (111 and 55.5). As prior, on Saturday morning the TriKids is celebrated, a duathlon for minors in which a total of 200 children participate.
Club Nautic de Portocolom (Felanitx) will once again be the nerve center of triathlon in Europe this Sunday, as it is one of the first tests of the calendar and the impressive list of international professional triathletes who will fight for victory this Sunday from the 8h45. It will be a weekend of sports activity with the dispute also on Saturday from the 11h00 of the TriKids, a duathlon for minors in which 200 children will participate, the sports fair and the awards ceremony and post-event party.
The test of the day will be the Triathlon by Portocolom 111 which will start on Sunday at 8h45 and consists of 1 km of swimming, 100 km of cycling and 10 km of foot race. At the same time, an 55.5 test will be held, with more affordable distances (500 m for swimming, 50 for cycling and 5 for running) and that is perfect for debuting in the world of triathlon.
The Triathlon of Portocolom will distribute 4.000 € in cash prizes among the first classified and classified, both in the 55.5 format and in the 111.
The powerful local triathletes with Miguel Ángel Fidalgo, Carlos López and Joan Nadal at the head, join the current champion Markus Hörmann (Germany), the powerful Belgian climber Timothy Van Houtem, the German Fabian Rhan, the Swede Andreas Linden, or the Austrian Uwe Ebner. The second classified from last year, Flo Kriegl, has just formalized his registration and returns to Portocolom eager for victory. Other proper names on Sunday will be Vincent Riess, Rob Brundish, Michael Van Cleven, Christian Jais, Christoph Schlagbauer, Markus Hinterberger and the Spanish José Almagro, former cyclist who has been competing for a few years at the highest level in triathlon and who is the favorite to win the 55.5 format. Among the women stand out the German Diana Riesler, winner of the Malaysian Ironman 2014, and just finished fifth the Ironman of South Africa this season, will arrive at the Triathlon of Portocolom for the victory. The Switzerland Sandrine Benz, European and World champion in sprint distance in 2014 and runner-up in Europe in medium distance in her age group (30-34 years), she is an immense competitor and also comes out for all, together with Elisabeth (Lis) Gruber, from powerful team Pewag Racing Team and that was fourth in the Ironman of Barcelona in 2014.
There will be special prizes for the fastest riders in the Sant Salvador cycling segment, one of the great attractions of the event, and a special IFC - Heliocare prize for the winners of the 111 and 55.5 category, as well as stays in the apartments Bendinat and Hotel Cala Marçal.
In addition to the professional triathletes and the large group of amateurs, many familiar faces from other sports enjoy taking part in the Portocolom Triathlon, such as the former professional cyclist Marcel Wust, the Spanish rider Pedro de la Rosa, or the former Austrian driver also from Formula 1 Alex Wurz.
The two tests on 111 and 55.5 km will take the triathletes the next 11 in April to the same routes as in the past editions. Those registered to the 111 will have to give two laps to the cycling circuit while those of the 55.5 will only give one, climbing only once the 494 meters of Sant Salvador. Swimming will be again in the crystal clear waters of Club Nautic de Portocolom, while the final walking race of 5 or 10 km will have the goal in the urban heart of this Mediterranean town.
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