The clock is ticking and the official kick-off of the 2016 triathlon season is being heralded in Mallorca, Spain, with a new edition of the popular Triathlon de Portocolom event, held early in the season on 10 April. The 2016 event will continue with the ‘successful and fun’ 55.5K and 111K formats. These involve a full or half version of 1K swimming, 100K cycling and 10K running.
Registrations are now open for next year’s Triathlon de Portocolom in Mallorca, which, with its April date, is billed as one of the earliest triathlon races in Europe each year. Popular with locals and travelling athletes alike, the event has been awarded ‘best triathlon event of season’ for the last two consecutive years by the Balearic Triathlon Federation and its athletes.
In 2016, there will be a new transition area to improve the athlete experience and to offer more 55.5K distance slots. The organizing team has also announced a pro prize purse (€4,000) shared among the top-3 male and female ranked athletes in both distance formats.
Amongst both race distances, the event is aiming to offer a high quality experience to the participating triathletes with: athletes’ goodie bags, side events such as the Expo and the Awards Ceremony, and the family friendly TriKids Duathlon for kids taking place on Saturday 9 April.
Both races over 111K and 55.5K will take athletes on the same courses as in 2015. 111K participants will do two loops of each segment while 55.5K athletes will complete only one leg. The swim will take place in Portocolom’s harbour; the bike loop will take them along a rolling course including the climb of Sant Salvador, well known by thousands of triathletes and cyclists who visit Mallorca each year.
The run will take athletes from the old town along the beaches of Portocolom Bay before they cross the finish line. 800 triathletes from 20 countries enjoyed this ‘demanding and fun triathlon event’ in 2015. Once again, in 2016 there will be a special prize for King/Queen of the mountain for the Sant Salvador climb.