and we have one of our athletes out there right now scoping out the course and feeding back lots of good info for you all to absorb.
Over to you Grant Senior.....................
Thanks Kate! Arriving in Mallorca is always exciting and this time is no different. The blue skies, the old windmills, the mountain peaks and ridges beckon to all cyclists.
I'm staying at the Club Pollentia for a week of tri training. Our hotel is right on the Mallorca 70.3 bike course. The first pic is out front of the hotel and roughly at the 3k point. This part of the course is filled with hundreds and hundreds of cyclists every day.
Heaps of wind today, blowing about 40k an hour. Alcudia is where the 70.3 race starts and finishes and is a wonderful city with over two thousand years of history (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc%C3%BAdia).
I've included a couple of pics of the city which you should take the time to get out and see if you're coming here. Steep mountains lie at the end of the peninsula and will serve as useful sighting points in the swim. The bay where the swim lies is well protected and should reduce most chop unless the wind is really up. Even though this is the Med, it's only suitable for a wetsuit swim at this time of year. I expect that by mid May, it'll be better but still wetsuit eligible.
I'll explore more of the bike course in the coming days. But in the meantime, do your hill workouts! Look at the altitude profile on-line. You'll be climbing 500 meters in about 10k. That's a good day at the office, no matter how experienced you are. That climb comes early in the race and after the 35k mark it's mostly downhill to flat, so plenty of time to recover. Go too hard though and you'll pay the price on the run though. Cheap advice from one who has made that mistake more than once!
Tomorrow, we're out for an early morning pool swim and then an 80-100k ride. The wind has been blowing a gale and the temps are not much warmer than in the UK. Tropical it hasn't been. Nonetheless, I'm thrilled to be back in Mallorca and itching to get cycling down the stonewall-lined roads. If you haven't cycled the back roads of Mallorca, it really does have some of the best riding around.