Avid cyclists will relish the challenge of completing 312km in just 14 hours. Beginning and ending in Playa de Muro, the route includes 5,050m worth of climbing, resulting in stunning views of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range.
What to expect
This cycling event began in 2010 when 199 riders did a 312-kilometre lap around the whole island of Mallorca. The planned route for 2019 takes you from Playa de Muro to Andratx, through Esporles, Alaró, Lloseta, Artá and back to the Mallorca 312 official base.
Now in its 9th season, the Mallorca 312 cyclosportive attracts 6,500 cyclists and places fill in a matter of weeks. It is a well-organised event with roads closed for the day, food stops, emergency services and bike maintenance all part of the package. There’s even massage and physiotherapy included for all finishers.
Depending on your cycling capability you can choose between routes Mallorca 312, Mallorca 225 or Mallorca 167, but don’t worry in advance about which as you can decide on the day. Regardless of the distance you opt for, be prepared to be challenged physically and mentally – pushing yourself to new limits is what makes Mallorca 312 such an amazing cycling experience.
All three routes start and end in Playa de Muro and include a loop of the island that first runs along the northern Tramuntana sierra. The shortest of the routes, Mallorca 167, starts the return journey at Esporles before running through Alaró, Lloseta, Selva, and Campanet on the return to Playa de Muro. The middle option, Mallorca 225, takes a similar route, though extends westward through Banyalbufar and down to Andratx, before looping back via Puigpunyent and Esporles. And the full Mallorca 312 also adds a gruelling extra 87km in the final section that heads south after Sa Pobla and touches as far east as Artá.
The shorter two routes have a 10-hour limit, while 14 hours is allowed for the completion of the full route (professional riders tend to complete the distance well inside 10 hours).
How to register
Registration for the 2020 Mallorca 312 opens on October 2nd, and the event takes place on April 27th. The race starts at 07.00 hrs from Hotel Viva Blue & Spa in Playa de Muro.
As part of the registration process, you’ll need to provide your passport number and take out extra temporary insurance – unless you’re already a member of the RFEC (Spanish Cycling Federation) or hold a British Cycling race licence. When registering, participants must declare that they are fit enough to take part in the event. It is open to any cyclist over 18 years of age, or over 16 years with written parental consent.
The registration is separated into three waves, with the price (around 70-80 euros) dependant on which you enter, with cheaper rates available for earlier applicants.
How to get there
Playa de Muro is located in the Bay of Alcúdia in the northeast region of the island. If you are hiring a car from Palma airport (Goldcar offer discounts for participants) it’s around an hour’s drive, while the A32 bus connects from the airport and takes just over an hour and a half. There’s also a transfer service available that can be booked in advance between the airport and the Hotel Iberostar Playa de Muro on the days before and after the event. If you wanted to get some last-minute training in, it’s around three hours by bike.
Accommodation packages are available through Arrivo Cycling (the official travel agency of Mallorca 312) which include race registration and five- or seven-night stays (half board) at one of four, four-star superior hotels belonging to the Viva-Vanity chain. Airport transfers, bike hire, and guided tours can be added to the package as extras.
There’s also no shortage of accommodation in the immediate and surrounding areas, including the super cycle-friendly Hotel Iberostar Playa de Muro, right next to the start and finishing line. There are over 30 hotels nearby, many of which specialize in cycling with zones to clean, fix and store bikes, restaurants with cyclist-adapted menus, and spas where you can recharge post-race. Alternatively, more accommodation can be found in the Can Picafort resort, 5km to the south, or Port d’Alcúdia, around the same distance north.
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