The Mallorca 312 sportive was an unforgettable experience. Stuart arranged an early morning breakfast for the 312 riders followed by a transfer right to the start line. This meant we didn’t need to hang about on a chilly morning and the event got off to the perfect start.
And what an event! Well-marshalled, great organisation and loads of cheering support along the way. The well-stocked food stops meant I arrived back with the energy bars I set out with still in my pockets and the standard of riding was perhaps the best I have experienced in any sportive. Riding through a world heritage centre on silky-smooth closed roads in cycling paradise. What’s not to like?
Well, admittedly there’s the monstrous distance – 194 miles and more than 5,000 metres of climbing – but thankfully latching onto a well-organised group helped get me over the line in a decent time and I didn’t have to make use of the out-of-hours hotel buffet Stuart had arranged for us in case of a late finish. Instead there was time for a short jaunt to the famous cyclist’s haunt Tolos, where the Garmin ticked over 200 miles and the draft Estrella provided the perfect recovery aid!
Cheers – here’s to the next one!