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Only 100 Places Remain for the 2015 Mallorca312

by Nick Gregory

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With over two months still remaining until this year's Mallorca312, just 100 places remain for the sixth edition. 

Since the inaugural running of the event in 2010, the number of participants has doubled each year. This year over 1,000 participants registered during the first week of entries alone, and the organisers made the decision to limit the number of places to 3,000, with the aim of growing the event in a sustainable way in order to maintain its high quality. 

The event, which was rated by Cyclosport as one of the Top 5 Overseas Sportives, offers riders a 312km route around the island of Mallorca - known as a cycling paradise for professionals and amateurs alike. With 4,300m of climbing, and a time limit of 14 hours to complete the challenge, Mallorca 312 has earned recognition both nationally and internationally as one of the toughest events in Europe. 



As in previous editions there is an alternative route, the Mallorca 167 - Bicycle Holidays Max Hürzeler, which consists of 167 kilometers and 2,600 vertical meters in the north of the island. In both routes, cyclists will ride through the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO under the Cultural Landscape category.  

Each year the event attracts a star-studded field. In 2014 the guest of honour was five-time Tour de France winner, Miguel Indurain. Also present were former pros Pedro Horrillo, Oscar Pereiro, Joseba Beloki and Oscar Freire.  

Indurain took over the coveted number 312 from other esteemed riders such as Fernando Escartin, Joan Horrach and the legendary Irish cyclist, Sean Kelly (who also participated again in the shorter distance.) Kelly was also accompanied by compatriate and winner of the 1987 Giro/ Tour/ World Championships "Triple Crown" - Stephen Roche.  

This year, whilst it is expected that 60% of the participants will come from Spain, the UK will account for almost 30% of riders and there will also be contingents from Germany, Norway, Sweden and Denmark lining up at the start on 25 April. 

Cyclosport's Nick Gregory completed the Mallorca312 last year and had the following to say in his review: 

The Mallorca 312 was certainly tough - the toughest day I've ever had on a bike - but I managed to get round in just over 13hrs, thanks in no small part to an 80km tow from a group of strong local riders who took pity on the hapless foreigner. 

However, the difficulty of the race contrasts with the beauty of the locations it passes through, and there is a crumb of relief in the fact that the topography does become more forgiving as the day wears on, with the mountains giving way to coastal plains. 

Still, it's a mammoth undertaking that requires a strong mind as much as it does strong legs. However, the 312 - as with Mallorca itself - rewards anyone willing to give it a go with a true feast for the senses - stunning views, exquisite food and unforgettable memories. I will be back again very soon.  

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