The starting shot for the third edition of the TriStar Triathlon in the Balearic Islands will be on April 7, 2013, in Portocolom. Last year there were 600 starters in the event on Mallorca, with half of the triathletes coming from outside of Spain and using the trip to the Sun Island for their personal season start. Because of the great demand, the number of participants in 2013 will be limited to 1,000.
The European triathlon season starts on April 7, 2013, with one of of the most popular TriStar events of the year. The third edition of the race will be in Portocolom in the southeast of the island with the tried-and-tested TriStar formats 111 and 55.5. There were 600 participants in Spring 2012, and the organizers figure with a huge demand for starting places this year. Whoever wants one of the treasured tickets will have to move fast! And that is because of the current heavy demand, the number of participants will be limited to 1000. Registration info can be found as of now on the official website, www.tristarmallorca.com
After two successful editions of the TriStar Mallorca, the event will take place again this year under the motto “Fast Forward into Summer”. Portocolom will host the core of the race and is also one of the most popular destinations in the TriStar series. The Club Nautic in the idyllic coast town, far away from the tourist hubbub, will be home to the TriStar 111 and TriStar 55.5, as well as the StarKids duathlon for children.
Mark Threlfall of the UK is a professional triathlete who knows to appreciate Mallorca. He has finished fourth in the South Africa Ironman 70.3 and second in the UK Ironman 70.3, and, as he says, was in line for second place in the Mallorca Ironman 70.3 before being overcome by stomach cramps. Not only does he spend a lot of time on the Spanish island, of which he has become quite fond, he will be there for training at the time of the TriStar, and will take advantage of that to participate. “After all the rainfall this autumn in the UK, we are very much looking forward to the better weather of Mallorca!”, he said.
His training partner Luke Watson will also be on hand for the race. Watson, also of the UK, an Elite triathlete who is a favourite to win in the Commonwealth Games, where he will represent Wales. Watson took gold in the ITU World and European Para Triathlon Championships where he was a guide.
The numbers speak their own language. 55 percent of the starters in Spring 2012 traveled to Mallorca solely for the TriStar and enjoyed the first competition of the year under the Spanish sun. 75 percent of the nearly 600 participants showed themselves satisfied with the organisation, and 47 percent gave the TriStar Mallorca the highest grade!
The individual courses of the TriStar 111 and TriStar 55.5 are unchanged from those used in 2012. Those participating in the TriStar 111 will face two laps in each discipline. The swimming will take place in the harbor of Portocolom, with the cycling course finding its highpoint with the climb up to the 494 meter high Sant Salvador, well known in the cycling and triathlon scenes. The closing run goes from the Portocolom old town along the bay back to the finish line of the TriStar Mallorca.
The TriStar label is presented by Star Events, a Monaco based company specializing in organizing high quality sports events that are focused on fun, social responsibility and environmental protection. The TriStar Series has grown to 27 races in these 13 destinations in less than three years: Nevis (St.Kitts and Nevis), Mallorca and Madrid (Spain), Lyon, Deauville and Cannes (France), Worms-Germany (Germany), Salzkammergut and Kufstein (Austria), Milton Keynes (United Kingdom), Estonia-Otepää (Estonia), Monaco (Monaco) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). TriStar has introduced new distances to the sport of triathlon (A/N: 111km and 222km), officially recognized by ITU, as well as a brand new Team Racing Concept T5.