Triathlon enthusiasts should head to the Calvia region of Mallorca between Wednesday, 14 and Saturday, 17 October to tackle the ultimate fitness challenge – Challenge Paguera Mallorca – in the picturesque setting of coastal towns, bays and mountain foothills.
Calvia, a municipality located in the south west of Mallorca, is a sporting region recognised as a world-class training hub for athletes such as Olympic Gold Medallist Bradley Wiggins. The challenge is based around the coastal town of Paguera and is known as one of Europe’s most varied and demanding triathlon circuits .
On 17 October brave participants will start by plunging themselves into blue seas and swimming 1.9kms between two coves (from Tora beach to La Romana beach). The triathlon then continues with a 90km ride and finishes with a 21km run through three of Calvia’s pristine beaches, historic villages such as Es Capdella and Calvia and up into the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2011.
Ideal for triathletes, their friends and family, the four-day festival features sporting events such as a race for children and Challenge Women, a women only race on 16 October. Celebrations include several after parties, music and arts fairs, culinary events and a cooking fair, a pasta party, a rock concert, a jazz concert, extravagant opening and closing ceremonies culminating in firework displays and a prestigious awards ceremony.
Paguera is just 20 minutes from Palma de Mallorca airport and boasts some of the island’s best Spanish restaurants, a picturesque boulevard, beautiful beaches, quality hotels, walking and cycling trails in the Serra de Tramuntana Mountains and sporting facilities including running tracks, swimming pools, gymnasiums and the recently opened Triathlon Village Paguera, a facility specifically equipped for triathletes.
The wider municipality of Calvia is also one of the world’s top sporting destinations offering the highest quality cycling and hiking products, tennis, football and rugby training facilities and athletic training stadiums. Calvia is comprised of six resorts (Illetes, Magaluf, Palmanova, Peguera, Portal Nous and Santa Ponca), and is home to some of the world’s best running terrain and the Magaluf Athletics Stadium which is now recognised as one of the best athletics training facilities in Europe.
How to get there
Challenge Paguera’s three night race tour package starts from £335 per person. Price includes three nights’ accommodation in October for the Triathlon on a half board basis at the four star Hotel Villamil in Paguera, airport and event transfers, coached training sessions, access to a nutritionist, pre-arrival information and daily race updates. To book, visit www.raceforce.co.uk
Return flights with EasyJet from London Gatwick to Palma, Mallorca start from just £90.98 per person. To book, visit www.easyjet.com
For more information on the event, visit www.challenge-mallorca.com
For more information on Calvia, visit www.visitcalvia.com
11 August 2015