October & November are great months for events in Mallorca…. Whether it is biking, running, swimming or tennis!
Legends Cup, an ATP Champions Tour Event, Peguera-Mallorca Challenge, Masters sporting, Long Course Weekend & TT4500 are five that I love… but there are many more to consider… for biking see the federation website www.webfcib.es and for other sporting events to participate in, check out Elite Chip www.elitechip.net
Peguera-Mallorca Challenge – www.challenge-mallorca.com
2017 is The Challenge Peguera-Mallorca’s fourth edition. This is a half Ironman triathlon comprising of a 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21.1km run. Set on a beautiful sandy beach, the swim is a fairly calm one in nice surroundings and on the bike, you head inland & uphill to es Capdellà. The run is along the boulevard of Peguera, where, the public tend to come out and cheer you home.
Masters sporting – www.vueltamallorca.com/semana-masters
Based in Alcudia, the 4 stage event is one of the most competitive Masters series around – it is a serious race! With age categories 30, 40, 50, 60yrs, the start/finish varies each day, with variations to each of the routes. Stage 1 is a 16km repeated circuit in CALA D’OR. Stage 2 starts & finishes outside RESTAURANTE TOLO’S in PORT DE POLLENÇA, Stage 3 is a very short TT starting & finishing outside PRO CYCLE HIRE and Stage 4 is another long day starting & finishing at PLAYA DE MURO.
Long Course Weekend – www.lcwmallorca.com
Based in Alcúdia, this unique event lasts three days at the start of November – the perfect way to end your season of racing. This fun inclusive format is ideal for clubs, training groups and families to come along and enjoy the benefits of training and racing together.
To kick-off the weekend on Friday evening, the Long Course athletes have The Swim to complete – a 3.8km open water swim. The Swim also has a 1.9km swim, 1.5km swim and 750m, swim all to correspond with triathlons most popular distances.
On Saturday the attention turns to The Sportive, and 172km of undulating countryside that also incorporates 86km, distance to attract athletes of all abilities.
To finish the weekend, the athletes will complete The Run – a 42.2km marathon.. There is also a 21.1km run, 10km run and a 5km run which allows everyone to be involved.
Nearly 2500 competitors are expected to attend the LCW with approximately 1000 athletes attempting to receive the Long Course Weekend medal, which entails completing all three of the longest distances.
TT4500 – www.transtramuntana.com
Last year this event did not run. This year the event is registered with the cycling federation, but there is little or no advertising online… so keep your eyes peeled…. In 2015, I rode the longer course & it was great fun. Steve my cycling buddy, obviously opted for the shorter route. He claimed the longer route “Finisher T-Shirt”, blagged it to his wife & spent a few more hours soaking up the post ride hospitality.
Now a planned for a few weeks later in the calendar, it is still one to watch out for… There are two courses both starting from Port de Pollença.
The TT4500 is 223km and 4500m vertical is the one to sign up for. It heads through the mountains, along the backbone of the island, through Soller and down to Andratx. Then inland, climbing to Galilea, down to Puigpunyent and then up over Es Grau. After the ride through Esporles, the next challenge is the Coll de Soller & the longest climb on the island – 14km of Puigmajor.
Legends Cup Tennis, an ATP Champions Tour Event – www.legendscuppalma.com
This is my favourite event of the year and it’s not even on a bike!
Where the stylish party atmosphere of Palma Sport & Tennis Club meets the experience and competitive nature of seniors tennis… 2017 is the 3rd edition of the 4 day tournament and it seems to get better and better each year. The post tennis event on the Saturday last year was a highly charged, relay race in the swimming pool, with all the players clothed in old school striped bathing costumes. I seem to remember that Tim Henman & Alex Corretja came out on top – but it was all bit of a Estrella Haze. This year I believe there is a band with some of the players strutting their stuff!
The event is an ATP Champions Tour event and runs each evening, from Thursday-Sunday. The first 3 evenings are round robins, with the finals on the Sunday (starting a bit earlier). Each day starts with the two singles matches and concludes with the very entertaining doubles match. The players mingle with the spectators, the action is close up on the centre court and people stream in from Santa Catalina to take a peak to see what is happening. You don’t need be an avid tennis fan to enjoy the evening, it really is a great event for anyone who loves a party and a bit of competition.
Nine legends will play a part over the four days. Each player must have been either a world #1, a Grand Slam finalist, or a singles player in a winning Davis Cup team. This year’s players include Carlos Moyá, Àlex Corretja, Mats Wilander, Fernando González, Thomas Enqvist, Henri LeConte, Tim Henman, Mark Philippoussis and Mikael Pernfors… I can’t wait to see the speed of Philippoussis’s serve!
Tickets can be purchased online as well as at Hotel Portixol, Calle Sirena 27 or at Palma Sport & Tennis Club, Calle Joan Maria Thomás 4, Palma..
From a cycling perspective – life is great! The days are cooler and energy is focused on getting the most out of the Tramuntana mountains before the temperature drops and the roads get too slippery. It is then that you turn to the flatter lands, exposed climbs and your mountain bike!
Diary dates for events in Mallorca
13-15th Oct CAMPIONAT D’ESPANYA DE PISTA (Palma Arena)
14th Oct PUEGERA-MALLORCA CHALLENGE
16th Oct COPA DE EUROPA MASTER
17-20th Oct CHALLENGE VOLTA A MALLORCA MASTER
3-5th Nov LONG COURSE WEEKEND
19th Nov TRANSTAMUNTANA 4500
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