The European tri season starts on Sunday at the Triathlon de Portocolom
This Sunday is the unofficial kick off of the triathlon season in Europe with the 20th edition of one of the best triathlon events in Spain: Triathlon de Portocolom, in Mallorca.
As a tradition, Portocolom hosts a full sport weekend for 1,000 athletes with two races on Sunday under the fun formats 55.5 and 111 (1km swimming, 100km cycling, and 10km running, and just the half of the distances for the 55.5). Many professionals will be lined up on Saturday for the Triathlon de Portocolom’s 20th anniversary.
Triathlon Internacional de Portocolom celebrates 20 years of Triathlon in the Balearic Islands with a fierce pro start list and 800 triathletes ready to swim in the clear waters of the Portocolom’s harbour, to cycle one or two loops along a rolling course including the spectacular climb of Sant Salvador, and to run to the Finish Line located in the heart of this iconic Mediterranean Village. This is one of the earliest triathlon races in Europe again in 2017. On April 9th Portocolom hosts the best triathlon event in the Balearics (chosen by the athletes the last years) and one of the best liked event in Spain under the 55 and 111 format: 1km swimming, 100km cycling and 10km running, a fun and easy recovery triathlon format. There will be an interesting competition between a huge number of professionals, with Triathlon de Portocolom’s two last winners, Belgian Michael Van Cleven and Markus Hörmann, Thomas Steger (3rd at IM 70.3 Mallorca 2016), Stefan Schmid (IM Cozumel 2015 winner and 3rd at IM Nice 2016), Timothy Van Houtem (BEL, 2nd at AlpeD’Uez Triathlon), Fabian Rahn (GER), amongst local ‘Armada’ members such as Carlos Lopez (IM Mallorca 2016 winner) or Joan Nadal. In women, all eyes will be on Diana Riesler, winner of two Ironman races in 2015 (Lanzarote and Malaysia), who normally trains in Mallorca. Her main rivals will be Jenny Schulz, European Duathlon champion in 2015, and Leonor Font, winner of the Spanish Long Distance Cup last year. The start of the 111 race will be on Sunday at 8:45 local time.
In the 55.5 format, local athlete Lucas Mola, brother of World Champion Mario Mola, is defending his 2016 victory. Thomas Kaiser (GER), second in the last edition, will try to get the victory as well.
Apart of those two categories, in which anyone can compete by relay, on the 8th of April there will also be a duathlon for the children, called TriKids. There will be a new expo area to improve the athlete’s experience and to offer more 55.5 slots, and the organization announces a Pro Prize Money (€4,000) shared among the top-3 male and female ranked athletes in both formats.
Portocolom is a great spot to start training and racing in Europe due to its nice weather in April, and Mallorca has great flight connections to the main European cities. Last year, athletes from 20 different countries came to race and enjoyed a demanding bike segment after a short swim leg in the clear waters of the Mediterranean sea.
Triathlon de Portocolom is organized by Kumulus Mallorca, Club Triatló Portocolom,with the strong support from Ayuntamiento de Felanitx (Local Council) Check the 2016 official video review of the Triathlon de Portocolom:
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