A New Event in cycling calendar in Mallorca – On November 6th, 2021, Mallorca will host the first Kill the Hill mountain time trial.
What is a Time Trial?
A time trial is quite simply you racing against the clock. Riders are let off down the start ramp at regular intervals, so while you are competing against each other, it is hard to know how you are doing until you and your competitors cross the line. Kill the hill is a closed road, time trial on one of the most beautiful roads in the world… the legendary Sa Calobra.
Sa Calobra is the most famous climb in Mallorca and features in most peoples list of top ten climbs in the world. Due to its location, in order to ride up it, first you must descend it as the only way down to the start point is the one road atop the Coll des Reis 686m. That means you can scope it out before you ride it up, taking note of the switchbacks peppered all the way along the climb. It’s one of the top training climbs you can ride because, like the Col de la Madone in southern France, its gradient is consistent throughout, with only a couple of steep pitches as you round the sharp turns near the top. On top of those 26 switchbacks, on the way you’ll pass cutouts in the rock, ride along sheer cliff faces and enjoy sea-view scenery as you roll your way to the top, where you’ll find the famous ‘270’ turn near the top. Normally when you head up the climb, your legs feel the effects of cycling there, but Kill the Hill provides you with the opportunity to smash it with fresh legs.
- Distance: 10km
- Average gradient: 7%
- Steepest gradient: 20%
When is the event…
Friday, November 5, 2021: Registration, number pick-up and rider briefing at Hotel Esplendido in Port Soller
Saturday, November 6, 2021: Race Day and Post Race Party!
How do I get to the Start Line?
By boat of course! Save your legs for the climb! On the morning of the event the organisers will ferry you and your bike from Port Soller to the starting cabins in the port of Sa Calobra. Don’t worry about sea legs after the short 50 minute journey – in the start area they will have Zycle trainers available for all competitors to warm up on, as well as a short road warm up route should you prefer that option.
What happens up top?
Enjoy food, entertainment and a sports massage in the recovery zone as you cheer on other competitors. All riders can send a post-ride recovery bag ahead to have a change of clothes at the finish.
Will there be prizes?
Generous and equal prizes for top 3 riders in each classification, male and female as well as some bonus raffle prizes from the sponsors. Your race number will gain you access to all post-race events including the award ceremony and party Saturday evening at Hotel Esplendido in the Port de Soller.
What does Strava Say?
The Strava King of the Mountain is Sebas Henao 24min 54sec and the Queen of the Mountain is Mavi Garcia (Mallorca) 29mins 51sec
For more information see the webpage: www.killthehill.cc
Dan Marsh – Owner & Founder