There’s no available live TV coverage for this event. Teledeporte sends out race highlights every year, the evening after every race, yet it was still TBC as of Saturday, January 20th.
The Abarca Sports organisation has no less than 13 ‘stage’ wins -with the likes of Hunt, Rui Costa, locals Colom and Reynès or the late Isaac Gálvez-, as well as three GC victories, from the times when the organisers included a non-official ranking within those riding all trophies -García Marquina in 1994, Colom in 2004, Luis León Sánchez in 2007-. The most recent ones, claimed with the Movistar Team jersey, are José Joaquín Rojas’s success in Deià (2011) and two Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana wins by Alejandro Valverde in 2013 and 2015.
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.