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Mallorca 312

Training for the Mallorca 312

Have you entered the Mallorca 312 and are unsure where to start with training for the Mallorca 312? Having completed this amazing event four times now, I will be riding again in 2023. I wanted to share my secret training tips to make sure you make the cut-off!

When to start training for the Mallorca 312

The earlier you can start training for the event the better. That said you want to make sure you continue to build fitness through intensity and volume up to race day. There is no point starting training in October but then doing nothing throughout December and January for example. You want to make sure when you do start that you keep the motivation right up to the event. A great way to do this is through some sort of accountability. This can be 1:1 with a coach or just having a training plan to follow.

My build for the Mallorca 312 in 2022

What training to do for the Mallorca 312

If you can start in October then working on your base fitness is a great start. This means some long easy rides which will set up for the higher-intensity session. If you are unsure how to train then check out the Ride Harder Plan which will teach you to ride efficiently and train smart meaning you will be faster on the bike for LESS effort and have MORE spare time available.

Here are my top 5 tips to complete the event in your fastest time!

#1 Consistency

As with any training plan, this is also the most important. No matter how much you train consistency is key so you should not delay in getting started. The best training plan is only effective if it is executed! The earlier you can start the better so don’t delay and start your training today! You need to find what works for you, whether it is hiring a coach, or buying a training plan can all give you accountability.

Long-term consistency trumps short-term intensity

#2 Plan, Plan and then Plan

To gain consistency you need to plan. Don’t get obsessed with the exact details of your individual training session but look to build week on week and progress intensity. Make sure you get them in the diary so you don’t miss any. Having a birds-eye view of your training really helps to keep focused and stay on track. As you get closer to the event start to plan your nutrition and practice this in your long training sessions.

#3 Train Hard, Race Smart

The event is tough and training wants to be tougher! If you are planning on making the cut off times then you need to be prepared to push yourself on the day. Training for the Mallorca 312 should be tough. Far too many people shy away from the tough training and hard sessions.

It never gets easier, you just go faster

Once your training is complete then it is all down to what you do on the day. Being prepared is essential so you know what is to come. There are always ways to make the event easier by being smart on race day. I have learned so much about the event since my first time riding back in 2018! I am keen to help everyone complete the challenge so have shared all my top tips and advice within the Ultimate Race Day Guide.

Ultimate race day guide for the Mallorca 312

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 each section between the feed stops so all 8 sections of the event along with lots more content! This will make to make sure you are fully prepared for the event to make sure you complete it within the time limit.


#4 Work on your Muscular Endurance

This is one of the training abilities and is crucial in completing this event. It is basically the ability to apply a constant force to the pedals. This event is tough and long so you will need plenty of this type of training in your plan. Long Tempo and Sweet Spot efforts will help build this. This is something that I work on within the Mallorca 312 Academy along with all the Mallorca 312 Training Plans.

#5 Specificity

As you get closer to the event the sessions want to simulate the physiological demands that will be needed on the day. Don’t worry if you don’t have any iconic climbs where you live as this can be replicated. Introduce some sessions where you reduce the cadence to around 70rpm in reasonably hard gear to mimic climbing.

I hope this has helped you with your Mallorca 312 training and would love to hear how you are getting on so comment below and tell me what you are doing. 👇🏻

Mallorca 312 nutrition guide

If you are struggling with your nutrition and not sure what to eat or how much then check out my guide here 

If you are interested in a training plan for the event then check them out here

In the meantime check out here how I got on last year and went 45 minutes faster. If you want further support and tips/advice then why not register for the Mallorca 312 Academy where you will get fit in 16 weeks to complete the challenge. This is a great place to meet other riders tackling the event in 2023!

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.

One thought on “Training for the Mallorca 312

  1. I love the website. Comes across friendly and passion for cycling.

    I am a trainer myself originally from triathlon. Started Gran Fondo 4 years ago with the La Maramotta my last one.

    Currently doing 4 sessions a week consisting indoor, outside sessions. FTP 260, Hill sessions varied 70rpm set and 80-90rpm sets, distance, TT long sweat spot sessions at 240-250FTP (30-40k). It scared of hard work and just gradual periodization so up to 100miles a week. O plus training my personal training clients online throughout the week.

    How much would a plan be as I do triathlon plan (level 2 triathlon coach) but not cycling and do want to progress. My FTP drop since swapping to Watt bike atom as on my elite direct drive it was 310. I have excepted that and more realistic on long sustain outside rides anyway. Also I have done Stages training so use to power zone combined with HR.

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