TriStar Mallorca becomes Triathlon Portocolom and keeps its feeling after 15 years of successful event history in a nice and beautiful traditional village in the Mediterranean sea.
Under 55.5 and 111 formats, the international Triathlon de Portocolom is back to its traditional date (April 7) early in the European season in one of the most beautiful spots in Mallorca with more than 300 already registered triathletes. Triathlon Portocolom is replacing the former TriStar Mallorca after two succesful editions. The fun course will be exactly the same, with the double and thrilling Sant Salvador cycling climb.
Portocolom is going to host on April 7 its international triathlon race under the 55 and 111 distances, replacing TriStar and with the same fun spirit after 15 editions. These two past years have brought to this race an international status and reputation. Portocolom in Mallorca is ready to welcome again athletes from all over Europe to show one of the earliest triathlon events of the season. The competition is now organized as it was in the past years by the local club Triatló Portocolom and Ajuntament de Felanitx (the municipal council) and all registered athletes for the TriStar Mallorca will be on the starting list after registering through Star Events website. For new participants you can register yourself following this link with new low prices for both distances: www.triathlonportocolom.com
0.5km of swimming, 50km of cycling and 5km of running add up to the 55.5 format, and 111 format means 1km of swimming, 100km of cycling and 10km of running. Both distances will take athletes on the same courses. Triathlon Portocolom 111 participants will do two loops of each while 55.5 athletes will complete only one. The swim will take place in Portocolom’s harbour; the bike loop will take them along a rolling course including the spectacular climb of Sant Salvador, well known by thousands of triathletes and cyclists who are visiting Mallorca each year, with its 494m height and awesome views towards the island and the southeast coast. The run will take athletes from the old town along the beaches of the Portocolom bay before they cross the finish line.
Jaume Vicens, the race director during the fifteen previous edition is leading the event one more year with the back of his professional team, the local triathlon club Triatló Portocolom, Ajuntament de Felanitx and the local sports events company Kumulus. “After these two great years we aim to keep organizing a great event for the triathletes. For now 15 years the triathlon has been organized in Portocolom and has always received top ratings in quality and atmosphere, and this is what we are bringing again on April 7. We know that athletes really appreciate this fun format early in the season in this unique scenario. The huge effort of the local institutions, suppliers, volunteers, athletes and the local community to keep hosting the event is the proof of our commitment to the Triathlon sport” says Jaume Vicens.
Amongst both races, the event is offering the same experience to the triathletes: athletes’ bag-goodies, side event such as the Expo and the Awards Ceremony, and the TriKids Duathlon for kids, on Saturday, April 6. Triathlon Portocolom is open for individual athletes or relay teams that can be composed of two or three participants.
Some professional athletes have already signed up for the 111 race, such as the top Dutch duathlete and triathete May Kerstens, reigning Long Distance Duathlon WC bronze medallist, or Hungarian Zsuzsanna Harsanyi, winner of the BalatonMan in 2012 or double Big Man Prague champion. In the male category, German Andreas Dreitz (4th last edition) is one of the favourites for the victory. Marcel Wüst, former Pro Cyclist will be also lined up in the start line!
The authentic village of Portocolom is located in the southern half of the east coast of the Balearic island of Mallorca, about 70km from Palma. The village belonging to the municipality of Felanitx is popular for not providing mass commercialisation – so those looking for water parks and endless karaoke bars will need to look elsewhere. Portocolom has the largest natural harbour of the island, and claims to be birthplace of Christopher Columbus, whose voyages led to general European awareness of the American continents. www.triathlonportocolom.com