Hopkins proudly sponsored 4 of our staff, Adam Hill, Nick Jones, Mick Quinlan and Nick Westmore, for the International Cycletourist Tour of Mallorca, better known as Mallorca 312, which took place on April 29th, 2017. It is the longest amateur cycling event in Europe and is considered by many the toughest one too.
Nick Jones quotes his experience of the tour –
“The first 20km, until you reach the town of Pollensa, are relatively flat and gave us a chance to warm up. Then, before we knew it, we found ourselves in Serra de Tramuntana and climbing the first ascent of the day, the category 2 Coll de Femenia.
For the next 120km it is pretty much a roller coaster ride going up and down some of Mallorca’s best climbs. Puig Major is the highest point of the route. The penultimate climb, Coll Des Pi, is the shortest and also the steepest one of them all with an average of 7%.
We undertook the full course and thought that the hardest part of Mallorca 312 was over once we left leave Serra de Tramuntana and its climbs behind, but that was not really the case. There was another 150km to go!
Apart from a couple of long drags there weren’t any major climbs to come, but the inevitable wind and the thousands of meters of climbing already in our legs will definitely made the rest of the route a huge challenge.
Our physical and mental strength was put to the test and we had to dig deeper than we had ever thought possible. At the end of the day, pushing ourselves to new heights and discovering new limits is what makes Mallorca 312 such a wonderful cycling experience.”
The guys did amazing to complete the race and they would like to thank everyone that helped encourage and support them through their journey.