Rein Coertjens, who was the "winner" of the 312.

28-04-2018Jaume Cabrer / Mallorca 312

The Mallorca 312 cycle challenge has caused a great deal of frustration in recent years. The event embraces numerous municipalities - thirty this year - and requires road closures. The organisers have sought to improve the situation. There was plenty of advance warning, and the Guardia Civil say that yesterday's event provoked fewer traffic problems than previously.

Nevertheless, there was inconvenience in parts of the Tramuntana. In Soller, traffic ground to a halt and tailbacks were such that some tourists were apparently unable to get to the airport and missed their flights. Businesses in the town and elsewhere in the mountains, such as Deya, say that they suffered because of road closures: visitors were unable to enter.

Some 8,000 cyclists set off from Playa de Muro (which was also the finishing point) at seven in the morning. The event lasted until nine in the evening. There were three trials altogether - the main one of 312 kilometres, a second one of 225 kilometres, under the sponsored title of Better in Winter, and the third was 167 - Goldcar.

Although it isn't a race as such, there were champions. The Belgian Rein Coertjens completed the 312 course in the fastest time of eight hours and 54 minutes. Spanish rider Elena Bris was the quickest female in a time of ten hours and 49 minutes.

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Chris / Hace 11 months

You should see some of the distribution caused around Newcastle when the Great North Run is on. But people don’t complain because we all know how important the event is to the area.

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Eva M. / Hace 11 months

It´s all very well to talk if you are familiar with the area and have been through it before.

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GeorgieP / Hace 11 months

It may well have been frustrating for those caught up. But it was well advertised, and well in advance too. Not usual for here. This story has no reported evidence or corroboration. I'm increasingly disappointed with the quality of the journalism presented by the MDB. Lazy and poor stuff.

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osn / Hace 11 months

All the roads that were going to be closed had signs up at least a week in advance, the matrix signs on the motorway's were also warning people of closures.

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S. / Hace 11 months

Surely the Hotels in the Area should have prewarned Tourists of the potential delays , caused by the Cycling Tournament. Those who missed Flights, should have been warned, and left much earlier,to catch Flights, thereby avoiding the traffic jams.

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