Ironman 70.3 – Mallorca 2011

by Jeannie Fry
Wow! What a fantastic venue for a race. This was the inaugural half ironman event on the island, based in the picturesque seaside town of Alcudia, 45 minutes North of Palma airport. There were over 1900 entrants, and 700 of those were first timers. The rest seemed to be hard core! There was a multinational field of entrants, but this race looks set to become the Lanzarote of the 70.3 race circuit, with the Germans and British outnumbering the home nation entrants. There were over 400 Brits present and some strong tri club representations.

Ironman 70.3 Mallorca

And so to the race. The organisation was outstanding, as some people are often dubious about attending inaugural events due to teething problems. No such worries here. The transition was very long, carpeted and uncrowded. Firsts for me were being photographed with my bike before racking to enable secure bike check out at the end of the race, and the huge rolls of 70.3 IM bike covers for every competitor to tear off and cover their bike with. It did occur to me that this is not entirely environmentally friendly, but my rides to work in training have significantly reduced my carbon footprint, so I took one anyway.


Ironman 70.3 - Mallorca


Race day saw crystal clear waters on the beautiful shallow bay and all the females started together after the pros. I must admit I got more bashed around than in a mixed start, but soon found clear water. The run up the beach was long and the frantic bag grab…..well…frantic, but I found mine buried deep on the hooks (good sign, lots of girlie bags still there) and stormed through the change tent to see only a couple of bikes already gone from the rack in my age group.
And so the race began when on the bike. This course has an iconic bike ride. 15k of flat riding, a 20k steady climb off 2000 feet, a very technical descent with scores of switchback turns, and then a 40k time trial back into town. The descent was my concern, not the climb, after my recent history of staying on my bike, and 1600 hard core males and first timers in the waves behind me, many seeking slots for World Championships. Would they cut me up when I was “cutting the apex”????
In reality I really enjoyed overcoming my fears on the descent and most of the men were still behind me. The bag snatch in T2 was easy, but the run was not! The 4 lap course along the beach and back through town felt tough after my fastest bike split and fastest T2 in the age group. I am embarrassed to admit this seasoned iron person wore the wrong pair of socks and got a very painful blister on the base of her heel, something I have never had before. The race finishes with a cruel sprint over a steep bridge in the port area, the only hill on the run course, and it was great to get there and then jump straight into the sea to cool off!
The pasta party and awards party for this race are both on the beach, and there are numerous places to stay on half or full board and to eat out. The race is very easily accessible from Bristol airport, with short transfer times, and easy bike carriage arrangements. All of this is available through the race website, which is already taking entries for next year. So come on fellow clubbies, what are you waiting for? How about a WCT representation next year?


Ironman 70.3 - Mallorca

Ironman 70.3 - Mallorca