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Pacing for the Mallorca 312

Although the pacing is super important if you want to complete the Mallorca 312 successfully I would not get over obsessed with sticking to an exact power target. At the end of the event, it will be what it will be but if you have a power meter on your bike then this is a great tool to hold you back at the start and on some of the early climbs when you feel fresh! 

I often get asked, “What power should I ride at for the event?”

Even if I was to give an exact power target for the event you would find it hard to use in “real life” due to needing to go over the target on the climbs and under target on the descends. 

As a general rule, you should aim for a high zone2 endurance/low zone 3 Tempo pace but go more on feeling than being restrained by the power target. 

2 key areas to pay particular attention to

  1. The first flat section before you hit the climb. Don’t go made here and burn any matches, you will feel fresh but it is a long day! 
  2. In the first couple of climbs again you will feel fresh so keep an eye on power/HR and do not let this go above your threshold. 

The rest of the event will sort itself out. With the short, sharp climbs then just get over them as quickly and efficiently as possible! 

What intensity do I ride at?

Just as a guide when I complete the event my Intensity Factor (IF) works out very similar every year.

2018 – 0.71

2019 – 0.71

2021 – 0.72

What speed should I ride at to complete the Mallorca 312

Pacing yourself for the full 312 distance can be tricky if you are looking to complete the event in 14 hours. It works out at an average speed of 22km/h (14mph) but there are faster and slower sections within the event. It also does not take into account and stops!

Race day guide for the Mallorca 312

Want to know more about how to pace each section?

Have a look at ‘The Ultimate Race Day Guide’. This guide has been created with everything you need to know about completing the Mallorca 312. The event has been broken down into 8 sections between each feed station so you can prepare yourself fully for the event and know what to expect. This will ensure there are no surprises on the day and help with your pacing for the event.

Final note 

The last point to note is to limit time spent at the feed station!  With the cut-offs being based on clock time not riding time then you want to spend as little time off the bike as possible. Any time you spend off the bike is time wasted so limit this as much as possible. That includes toilet stops and crucially feed stations which can be very hectic so my advice. I would grab some food/drink and continue riding the event and fuelling on the go. Even if you have to ride slowly it will still save you more time than being off the bike.

TOP TIP – Turn off Auto Pause on your device. You can then see the actual time it is taking and the real average speed.

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James Walsgrove

My cycling career started in 2005 when I purchased my first road bike and I was immediately hooked. Since then I have completed numerous cycling challenges including Ironman, Lands’ End to John O Groats, Mt Ventoux (all 3 ascents), London to Paris, the BBAR challenge which included a 12hour TimeTrial and more recently the Mallorca 312.

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