Gruelling cycle race opens subscriptions for 2017
The massively popular and enormously long Mallorca 312 – Giant – Taiwan cycle endurance test is now taking registrations for next year's race. The Internet portal for would be racers opened briefly last week before it fell victim to the well publicised cyber attack using household smart appliances and is still down as I write.
Next year's edition will take place on Saturday 29th April starting in Playa de Muro on the north coast of Mallorca. There are three races involved; the main one the 312 which covers 312 km (over 190 miles) of spectacular scenery taking in miles of coastline, the Tramuntana mountains and the flat plains of the interior over to the east coast and back, plus the 225 and the 167.
If I tell you that the 312 starts at 7 am and doesn't finish until around 9 pm, you'll get an idea of the feats of endurance required to complete the race. I can't imagine sitting on a saddle for more than a couple of hours without aching for days afterwards, so imagine what the men and women taking part must feel like.
The race, despite its hardships, is extremely popular and has a limited number of competitors – 6,500 in 2017 – so if you want to enter you'll have to be quick as the first 1000 entrants benefit from a discount. Last year the race sold out in days and over 1500 people were left on the waiting list hoping that someone dropped out!
The roads on the course are all completely closed to traffic on the day, so watch out if you're in the area. All the maps, times and the details of how to enter are on the official website, from which we have taken our photos.