After two days of lousy weather, today we were able to ride a good portion of the 70.3 bike course. Out of Pollenca the hills begin fairly seriously as the photos show. There is a bit of a "staircase fashion" to some of the early hills and for the most part the roads are in good shape. Be prepared though for some tough climbing The pic I took looking backwards towards Pollenca. If you can drive the course in a car or by bike before the race than do so.
Bring your camera too as there are lots of great rocky canyons and steep cliffs. Once you get near the crest of the mountain, you'll take a quick left and see the Repsol petrol station. You're at the top.
Unless you are a pro at the aero bars, get off of them now. The next 7k downhill is filled with hairpin switchbacks that will be next to impossible to manage if you're on aerobars.
Many of the switchbacks are only 75 meters long between hairpin turns. These roads were not built with racing cyclists in mind so be careful.
The roads are generally clean and smooth which is great. Once you hit the 45k mark after Caimari, you can fly and let your legs recover from the long climbs.
Overall, this is a beautiful race course. I hope you all have a moment to savor it as much as I have this week.-- Grant A. Pettrie, Sr.