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Triple Crown Champion Stephen Roche to Ride the Mallorca 312

by Nick Gregory

This April, former professional cyclist, Stephen Roche will join thousands of cycling enthusiasts on the island of Mallorca for one of the longest sportives in Europe. 

Roche had a professional career that spanned over 13 years, and contained an impressive 58 wins. The Irishman's annus mirabilis was 1987, a year in which he won professional cycling's 'Triple Crown' of the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia and the World Champions. 

Stephen said, "I have been riding on the Island of Mallorca for over 20 years but this will be my first 312 event, which I am looking forward to immensely". 

This challenging event sees cyclist circumnavigate the entire Island of Mallorca in just one day, taking in the beautiful climbs and descents of the Tramuntana mountain range whilst covering an impressive 312Km. 


Former Triple Crown winner, Stephen Roche


The route of the Mallorca 312

The route travels in an anti-clockwise direction out of Playa de Muro, and takes in the mountainous side of the island first including the Puig Major before dropping back down to the stunning coastline round Deia. The routes split at Valledemossa with the shorter 167 route heading back to the finish via the quiet roads through the middle of the island, while the 312 goes on towards Andratx then Palma. 

From here it's round the bottom half of the island before heading northwards and to the last feed stop at Arta, where riders are greeted with a variety of food and drink to see them through the final 26km to the finish. 

If the distance isn't hard enough, there's also a time limit of 14 hours to complete the 312. However, the event is fully signposted, has well stocked feedstops, mechanical and medical back up on route and has a broom wagon to get you back if your bike or body fails. Entry costs €65 until 20th April, and €75 from then on. 

For more information, visit the Mallorca 312 website.

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