The 17th edition of the Balearic triathlon will be held on 13 April 2014 in Portocolom, Mallorca, and the registrations for the competitions over 55.5 and 111km are already open from today on trough the website. More than 700 athletes enjoyed the 2013 edition and the number of participants in 2014 will be limited to 800. Portocolom, located in the southern half of the east coast of the Balearic island of Mallorca, about 70km from Palma, in one of the earliest triathlon events of the European season and the bike ascent to Sant Salvador is one of the most interesting spots to test the form of the triathletes.
Triathlon Internacional de Portocolom is going to be one of the earliest triathlon races in Europe again in 2014. On 13 April, Portocolom will host the 17th edition of this successful and best liked event in Spain under the 55 and 111 format (1km swimming, 100km cycling and 10km running). The registrations for Triathlon Portocolom 2014 are officially open on www.triathlonportocolom.com and there will be a limit for the participants: only the first 800 athletes may sign up (400 slots for each race).
Portocolom is a especially pleasant spot to start training and racing in Europe due to its nice weather in April, and Mallorca has great flight connections to the main Euroean cities. Last year, athletes from 16 different countries came to race and enjoyed a demanding bike segment after a short swim leg in the Mediterranean sea. The competition will be held in the in the spectacular Portocolom Club Nautic.
Both races over 111 and 55.5 km will take athletes on the same courses in 2014. 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.
Last edition, former Spanish Pro cyclist Toni Colom and German Natascha Schmitt took the victory at the Triathlon de Portocolom on the 111 format, and there were some celebrities racing at Portocolom, such as former professional cyclist Marcel Wust (19th overall) and Formula 1 driver Alex Wurz.
Amongst both races, the event is offering a high qualitiy 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 12. Triathlon Portocolom is open for individual athletes or relay teams that can be composed of two or three participants.