The first edition of Iron Mallorca 2014 got underway at 7.30 a.m. on 27th September. A total of 2,500 participants faced the challenge of the legendary 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike race and 42.2 km run. The UK was the country with the largest representation, followed by Spain and Germany. The swim took place at Alcúdia beach, where the triathletes can enjoy the calm transparent waters and excellent signage thanks to the market buoys positioned approximately every 100 metres. The course is fast and entertaining for spectators as halfway along the circuit the swimmers come out of the water, enabling them to check on the progress of their friends and relations. Swiss athlete Manuel Kueng was first out of the water with a time of 44:46, followed by the Briton Tim Don (podium at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship held two weeks earlier in Canada), and the Majorcan Carlos López. The bike race takes place on a course with 2 loops and several slopes at the start as it makes its way through the municipalities of Artá, Petra, Santa Margalida, Can Picafort and Sa Pobla, whilst the second part is similar to the Ironman Mallorca 70.3, taking participants through Alcúdia, Puerto de Pollença, Pollença, Lluc, Caimari, Campanet, Muro and Sa Pobla, before reaching the T2 in Puerto de Alcúdia. Kueng again made the best time with 4:48:20, crossing the finishing line with a 3:30 lead over a group of 4 that included Tim Don. The marathon was run over a thrilling 4 laps on flat terrain next to the beach, giving the event a nail-biting finish. Tim Don reached the half marathon mark with an impressive 1:22:15, whilst an inspired Miquel Angel Fidalgo, who had lost 11:15 to Kueng during the T2 chalked up a time of 1:20:06.
Tim Don was first past the finishing line with a final time of 8:34:02, followed by Miguel Angel Fidalgo with 8:38:08. Swiss athlete Mike Aigroz made third place with 8:40:29. In the women’s category, Irish athlete Eimear Mullan was first with a time of 9:24:17, ahead of Dede Griesbauer with 9:27:09 and the American Astrid Ganzow who completed the podium with 9:31:10. The event was a great success in both sporting and organisational terms, and we are eagerly looking forward to the announcement of the dates of Ironman Mallorca 2015!