Triathlon training in Mallorca
With an ideal climate and great facilities for swimming, biking and running, Mallorca is the ideal destination for triathletes.
The Balearic island of Mallorca is known for being a popular sun-kissed holiday destination in summer, with great weather and idyllic scenery. Alternatively, arriving in the winter months, you can see the island come to life for athletes and active holidaymakers who seek an ideal training location.
Known for its mild climate all year round, the island offers perfect training conditions for people wanting to escape the harsh winters in the UK. Swim in the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, ride a mixture of flat open roads and mountainous terrain, and then explore Mallorca’s quiet country lanes on foot. Where else is better suited for triathlon training?
With Mallorca hosting both 140.6 and 70.3 Ironman events in the Northeast area of the island (Alcudia), the Mediterranean Sea is undoubtedly one of the best locations to swim in Europe.
Generally calm and crystal clear, you can swim along the beachfront from buoy to buoy, enjoying the warmth of the open water.
Training with SunTri, you can expect coaches to teach specific open water methods to help boost your swim times. Alternatively, if you are keen to develop your swim technique, our base hosts a 25-metre outdoor swimming pool, which lends itself perfectly to one-to-one training sessions.
Mallorca offers some of the most impressive, demanding and leisurely rides, which mean the island is a popular destination right through from amateur to professional cyclists.
The rises and falls of the Tramuntana mountain range make the perfect cycle playground for those wanting to test their strength against the rugged landscape of the north.
Whilst on the island you can take the opportunity to explore the full mountain range from start to finish via the iconic MA-10 point-to-point route. Hop on the bike bus to Andratx and cycle the 120km rolling mountain range, admiring some of the most breathtaking scenery the island has to offer.
Do not underestimate the beauty of the flatter, middle section of the island as it offers fast, smooth roads that take you through beautiful villages via roads, wineries and orange groves. These roads give you the opportunity to test your time trialling ability or practice riding efficiently in a group.
And there are also plenty of cafés that welcome cyclists for a well earned ‘café con leche’ (coffee with milk) or a ‘pastel’ (cake) to keep you fuelled on the long days in the saddle.
No matter where you’re situated on the island, you have access to Mallorca’s vast network of quiet country roads for cycling, although you will find most professional athletes within the northeast area of the island (Playa de Muro), as it offers all variations of training landscape.
SunTri offers fully guided rides from our experienced team at SunVelo, taking you to the most iconic places on the island; we can deliver an unrivalled cycling experience.
Depending on where you stay in Mallorca, there are many trails and quiet country roads to run along.
If you are seeking trail and cross country running, there are opportunities to traverse the Tramuntana mountain range on foot. With the GR221 (a long distance walking route) being accessible by bus, it is a great opportunity to push your limits.
SunTri’s location in Playa de Muro offers a great location for quiet lanes and vast stretches of beaches to practice drills and techniques with the coaches. The Albufera national park is a protected nature reserve with hard trails, with no sign of busy traffic, and many networks to explore.
TOP 5 EXPERIENCES
1. Mallorca 70.3
Compete in the Mallorca half Ironman event hosted mid-May each year. Situated in Alcudia, the route takes on the most challenging terrain of the mountains and returns with a flat run along the beach.
2. MA-10 cycle route
Cycle the iconic 120km route of the Tramuntana mountain range, taking in the most beautiful, breathtaking scenery Mallorca has to offer.
3. Group riding
Explore Mallorca’s beautiful landscape with structured group riding - it's guided and included within your training week.
4. 312 Sportive
Three distances are available, all on closed roads - 312km, 232km or 167km. And just one entry gives you the opportunity to ride any distance you like. The route includes the iconic Tramuntana mountain range and fabulous rolling roads. It's usually held near the end of April.
5. Palma Marathon
The Palma Mallorca Marathon hosts the full marathon, a half marathon and a 10km in a city which boasts historic architecture, including an imposing Cathedral, a rambling network of narrow streets and beautiful harbour. This event is a great opportunity to explore the city with the roar of crowds cheering you on. It's usually held in mid-October.
WHEN TO VISIT
Best times to go:
Many professional athletes use the island as a pre-season training camp through late winter and spring as the temperature is at a warm 20-25 degrees.
Training camps with SunTri are hosted from the start of April until early May. Arriving later sees temperatures and prices rise as it comes closer to the tourist season.
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