MALLORCA 312 ROUTE DESCRIPTION
The Mallorca 312 route is one of the toughest sportives you can enter in Europe. The event has grown to be one of the biggest sportives in Europe. The event takes place in one of the world's most spectacular cycling destinations on completely closed roads. This route takes you along the stunning Tramuntana mountains and through the picturesque towns of Port de Soller and Pollensa.
In addition to proudly being the organiser's official tour operator, we have all the information about the event here. If you are looking for a more detailed explanation of the route itself, read on. We hope you find our guide helpful as you prepare for this epic event!
The 312 has a reputation for being one of the most impressive amateur cycling events out there. Three routes are available of varying distances and elevations. The entire 312km features more than 5,000m of climbing, which takes a great deal of physical and mental strength. You can opt for the 167km route, the 225km route, or the entire distance. An advantage of the 312 as opposed to other sportives is that you can decide which length you want on the day. As the event is incredibly tough, you need to be in good physical shape to finish it. Take on the challenge and enjoy the breathtaking views in the mountain range as you ride.
THE 312 ROUTE
Playa de Muro is the start and end of the Mallorca 312 route, located on the horseshoe bay of Pollensa. From Palma Airport, it's about a 45-minute drive. On the west, you can get to Port Pollensa, and on the east, you can get to Alcudia, along the golden beaches. All routes take on some of the top climbs in Mallorca. Taking on the larger of the two trails will give you the chance to explore some of the most stunning roads near Andratx.
Playa de Muro to the Coll de Femenia
The 312 starts at Playa de Muro, a resort on the northeastern coast. Following this, the route winds along the mountainous northwest coast, passing over the Col de Femenia (519m). This is the beginning of some serious climbing in Mallorca. It's a beautiful climb with steady gradients as the Coll de Femenia climb stretches to the southwest along the famous MA-10 road. You can access several well-known climbs in Mallorca from this road, which traverses the entire mountain range,
There are almost 5 kilometres of slow going as the elevation bgeins to creep up before the tough part of the climb actually begins. Signs indicate that there are 7.7 km at 5.5% to highest point of Coll de Femenia. The road gets narrower as you continue the climb but the terrain remains excellent as the tarmac is of great quality. You'll experience a few wide 180-degree turns with messages painted on the tarmac, creating an atmosphere of professional racing and this will push you on as you complete the first major climb of the day.
The Puig Major Climb
Once you've ascended the Femenia, you will drop down before the biggest climb of the day, the route up to the Monnaber tunnel and Puig Major. You will climb into stunning territory, flanked by two reservoirs to your left and rocky peaks all around. You can learn more about climbing Puig Major here although the 312 route ascends from the north whereas our route guide is from the south. Once you're up to the Monnaber tunnel, you will have climbed as high as you will at any point during the day and you will be rewarded with an incredible descent towards Soller, descending close to 800m in just over 10km.
Soller to Estellencs
The route gets more breathtaking from Soller onwards and you will find that the road hugs the coast tighter in Deia than anywhere else on the island. The climbing continues from Soller as you head up towards Deia and past Valdemossa before you come to what we think is the most beautiful part of the ride. The MA-10 is well known for the Andratx to Formentor route and this section is the undoubted highlight. The road bends around the coast towards Estellencs offering incredible views over the Mediterranean.
Estellencs to Esporles
Once you are past Estellencs, you will have to navigate 30km of lumpy terrain with short sharp climbs and quick, technical descents, before heading back north at es Capelda, and on towards Esporles. Once you reach Esporles, you will have clocked up close to 150km, just under half the distance, but well over half the climbing as the toughest sections that make your legs scream will be behind you.
Campanet to Playa de Muro
Respite comes in the way of the Mallorcan flatlands and you will skirt the foothills up towards Campanet without any really tough climbing, and a fair amount of downhill. It's on to the picturesque Artà from here, riding through the famous orange groves and rural Mallorca before a final push back up the coast to the finish at Playa de Muro. Even though it isn't in the mountains, the last third of the event isn't flat and so you need to have some energy left in the tank. Here you will find your final two feed stations at 238km and 284km. In the final stages of the race, nutrition is crucial, so make sure you keep refuelling!
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO COMPLETE?
The ride itself is challenging enough, but there's a 14-hour cut-off, which means you have to maintain an average speed of 22km (14mph). While this may not sound fast, the route has a lot of climbing and will push you to your limit. There should be huge emphasis on getting fuelling right. The first feed station is at 50km, and is where you can get fluids. The second feed station is at 94.6km, and is where you can collect food. However, many of the most challenging climbs of the route come within the first third of the event, your average speed is likely to be slower than usual over this period.
With this route summary, we hope that you will be well prepared if you choose to ride the Mallorca 312. We can help with trip logisitics, accommodation, private or group airport transfers as well as bike rental.
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