By Ed Cross
Mallorca half Ironman is the biggest of its type in the Ironman calendar with almost 3,000 competitors, and is held in Alcudia on the coast of Mallorca.
I have done quite a number of half Ironman (branded and unbranded) and I think this is the best in terms of the location, the sea swim and the fantastic cycle route (which leads up into the central mountains – over 800m of climbing, and a technical descent) and wonderful support from the locals and tourists alike. The run along the sea front is a little exposed and was very very hot, but well supported.
I would highly recommend it, and would love to see a few Newcastle Tri club members taking part – their is a prize for Tri clubs by division at the race.
This was my first half distance Tri of the season, with IM 70.3 Elsinore in 5 weeks being my target or A race this season.
I finished In 5:31:45 putting me 82nd in my age group out of 307, and 996th overall from 2,893. Splits were:
Overall a very competitive age group only (no pros) race which was won or lost on the bike given the climbing. Note to self: if I do it again is to get cassette better suited to climbing!
Incidentally the men’s Age Group 50-54 had the most places up for grabs for the IM70.3 World Championships in South Africa at 5. This reflects the sheer size of the entries at this AG. Notably most championship places weren’t taken by the highest placed, and were put up for grabs for those who placed lower down the field. I resisted going for it, as 82nd is not worthy of the honour…honest.