The 27th edition of the Challenge Mallorca will contain a few less mountains than in previous editions, yet remains as attractive as ever and as good of a start to the European season as every month of January. The four-day event in the Mediterranean will also remain a balanced mix of routes reserved for sprinters and climbers.
The first trophy -the Trofeo Campos – Ses Salines, on Thursday 25th- and the final one -the Trofeo Playa de Palma – Palma, on Sunday 28th, with its final, local laps along the coast in Palma de Mallorca- will again be the race’s two chances for the fastest around.
Friday 26th will, in turn, bring the traditional Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana, a short (140km) course yet a very challenging one with six rated climbs or ‘Colls’: Sóller (Cat-2), Claret (Cat-2), Honor (Cat-2), Sa Batalla and Puig Major together (both Cat-2) and Bleda (Cat-3), the latter just 6km from the end.
The third race, Saturday 27th, will be an intriguing one. The Trofeo Lloseta – Andratx will cover only two categorized ascents -Femenies (Cat-2) and Claret (Cat-2)-, but will cross very lumpy roads on its second half -with the non-rated climbs of Els Farayons, Sa Gramola and Camp de Mar- and climb the slope of S’Arracó (1,200m at 6%) just 4km from the end.
* It’s important to note that, while the Challenge Mallorca is often talked about as a whole, it’s actually a series of four separate, one-day races (UCI 1.1), where seven different riders per team can take part in each day. The lineups will be published eon our Twitter account cada mañana.