This year, the Briton Caroline Neall makes her debut at the Mallorca312 - Giant - Taiwan. She trains three times a week and she and a few more participants of the cyclosportive belong to the cycling club Kent Velo Girls. Caroline discovered the Mallorca312 last year while she was in Mallorca enjoying a few days of cycling and leisure with her husband, but they could not get a starting place then.
"I was attracted by the route, the geography and the fact of being a challenge at the very begining of the cycling season". She says there is no secret to tackle the 312 kilometers "you have to start earlier the season and add more kilometers to your workouts".
"There are many reasons for this cyclosportive to be so attractive, the route and the inhabitants are for sure two of the most important ones. It is as if the island has adopted the cyclists like in very few other places around Europe. In Mallorca you have training camps, bike stores... I think that everybody that visits Mallorca is surprised at the quality of the services for riders, the patience of the car drivers, the road signs, the many routes, the hotels specialised in cycle tourism, etc."
The United Kingdom is the country with more participants at the Mallorca312 - Giant - Taiwan after Spain. As a consecuence of the good results of British riders in track cycling and road cycling in the last years, cycle tourism has also become very popular and specially women cycling thanks to cyclosportives and clubs only for women. Caroline belongs to the cycling club Kent Velo Girls with 150 members from Kent, East Sussex and Surrey. "There are beginners and some preparing for an Ironman. It's a club for everyone, we have daily cycling routes, coaching, turbo workouts, one day tours, training camps in the UK and abroad, advice in nutrition and equipment, etc." Many of them have already joined the challenge of the 312 kilometers because as Caroline says: "Girls also want to have fun!"