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Mallorca 312 Celebrates Fifth Edition with Record Field of Nearly 2,000 Riders

by Nick Gregory

This weekend the Mallorca 312 celebrated its fifth edition with a record field of nearly 2,000 participants. The event, which sees riders tackle a 312km loop of the island has rapidly become a mainstay of the international cycling calendar. 

The fifth edition of the Mallorca 312- Iberostar Playa de Muro surpassed its previous record by selling out the 1,950 places available well in advance of the event. Riders started at 7am in front of the Hotel Iberostar Playa de Muro, led by guest of honour and rider number 312 - the five time Tour de France winner, Miguel Indurain. Riders on the long route were aiming to circumnavigating the island - 312km - in less than 14 hours. 

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Stephen Roche and Miguel Indurain chat before the off

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Riders out on the course

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The five time Tour de France winner was taking it a bit easier on the climbs today

Unlike UK sportives, the front end of the field are actually racing for the win in many European events, and all records were broken in this fifth edition of the 312. The first to complete the 312km route was the Italian, Graziano Paris in 9 hours and 8 minutes. He took the victory in a tight sprint among a small group of cyclists. Tatjana Ruf repeated her feat from last year by being the first female to finish in a time of 9 hours and 48 minutes. 

Alongside the 312, the Mallorca 167 sponsored by Max Hürzeler Bicycle Holidays took place. Starting and finishing at the same point as the Mallorca 312, the 167 followed the same route for the first 100 km, including the main climbs in the Serra de Tramuntana. The rest of the route ran in the north of Mallorca. Riders had 9 hours to arrive back at Playa de Muro, as opposed to the 14 hours allocated on the 312. The Italian, Claudio Monti needed only 4 hours and 47 minutes though, and the first female participant was Elena Vila with a time of 5 hours and 47 minutes. 


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First home in the 312, Italian Graziano Paris

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Quickest of the women on the 167, Elena Vila

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And her male counterpart, Claudio Monti

The guest of honour, Miguel Indurain completed the 167, coffee break included, in 6 hours and 30 minutes. The Irish veteran and 'King of Classics' Sean Kelly also took on the 167. Amongst the other participants were more ex pros including "scar Freire, Joseba Beloki, "scar Pereiro and Pedro Horrillo, who all repeated their experience of riding the Mallorca 312 - Iberostar Playa de Muro. David Muntaner and Albert Torres, recently proclaimed world champions in the Madison, Chechu Rubiera, Joan Horrach, Fernando Escartín and Toni Tauler also took part. 

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Miguel Indurain handing out the prizes with CEO of Hotel Iberostar Playa de Muro, Lorenzo Fluxa

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Riders at the finish

The event doubled in size from last year, and of those taking part, 900 were doing so for the first time. Participants came from 30 different countries, including some travelling from as far away as New Zealand, Japan, Chile, Brazil, South Africa, Canada and USA. 

The organisers have announced the date for next year's edition, which will take place on the 25th April 2015. For more information visit: www.mallorca312.com.





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