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Mallorca 312 Sportive To Welcome Oscar Freire

by Henry Peacock

Former World Road Race Champion Oscar Freire is set to ride the Mallorca 312 Sportive on Saturday 27th April. Freire will have the honoured 312 number and will be riding the full 312km distance.

Warm Weather, Great Scenery and 312km

Arguably the longest one day sportive in Europe, the Mallorca 312 welcomes former World Road Race Champion Oscar Freire to the island of Mallorca for its event on Saturday 27th April. Wearing the coveted 312 number means Oscar will be riding a full lap of the island, all 312kms. Since retiring from professional cycling at the end of 2012, Freire has continued to ride and is still in very good shape so keen to take on the 312.

He will be joined by several other Spanish former professional cyclists including former team mate Pedro Horillo, Joseba Beloki and Fernando Escatin who have all ridden the event before. Marcel Wust and Andrea Tonti will be taking part for the first time as will recently retired Katusha rider and Mallorca resident Joan Horrach who will be wearing the 167 number and riding the 167km distance.

The Mallorca 312 is now in its fourth year and is growing in popularity each year with riders travelling from all over Europe and further afield to take part. The event takes its name from the distance of the lap of the island, 312km (194 miles), and covers a traditional route used for many years by local riders as a lap of the island. The 312km event has a time limit of 14hours (fastest time in 2012 was 9:47) so it's a great chance to test your fitness and get a time. To help riders get round the full distance the event has the 'Green Dot Group' a group of local riders who ride each course at a steady speed in order to finish inside the allocated time limits.

Fastest 312 Time In 2012 Was 9:47

If this distance seems too daunting then fear not as there is also a 167km (104 miles) loop on offer (fastest time in 2012 was 4:54) which starts with the 312 and covers the same first set of mountains before taking a shorter route back to the finish.

Starting in Playa de Muro on the north coast of the island the event heads in an anti-clockwise direction to take in the mountains on the first leg. The island's longest climb, the fearsome Puig Major is tackled first before skirting along the stunning coastline through Soller and Deia. At Valldemosa the routes split with the 167 returning through quiet roads in the middle of the island to the finish. The 312 carries on to Calvia, Palma, Ses Salines, Porto Cristo and Arta before the run in to the finish at Playa de Muro.

Entry costs €65 for the 312 and €55 for the 167 (€10 surcharge on entries after 22nd April) and includes an event cycling jersey, finisher T shirt and certificate. The event is fully signposted, has well stocked feedstops, mechanical and medical back up on route and a broom wagon if your bike fails.

Accommodation is still available at the event's official hotel Iberostar Playa de Muro which  has full bike facilities including secure bike storage, workshop, bike wash and a clothing and equipment retail store.
There's been plenty of interest from the UK and Ireland with several hundred riders entered including groups from V.C. Halton, Garforth Wheelers and Orwell Wheelers.

Watch out for a Cyclosport review in due course.

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