Last Saturday, 290 madmen (including 18 females) participated in the first ICAN Triathlon event ever to be held in Mallorca, enduring a swimming competition of 1,9 kilometres in the Badia de Palma, 90 kilometres of cycling up to the Randa mountain and down again plus 21 kilometres of running from Palma to Son Verí Nou and back. 246 participants managed to complete all three classifications. The overall winner was, as expected, Eneko Llanos Burguera from Vitoria Gasteiz (País Vasco) with a total time of 03:59:06 (photo above), having come sixth in the swimming distance, fourth in the cycling challenge and second in the running contest. He is the guy in the video clip (below). Second winner overall with just one minute short was Clemens Cönen from Germany (04:00:13) whilst Pedro Ribeiro Gomes from Portugal came third (04:02:20). The fastest woman was Maja Stage Nielsen from Denmark (photo below); she came home in 28th position with an amazing time of 04:51:19. Prize moneys of 22,000 € were distributed between the first three male winners and the first three females. I draw my chapeau to all six winners, in fact, to all 246 winning participants.
Newspaper reports claim that Eneko Llanos will now be off to Hawaii to participate next month in the Ironman World Championship in Kona (Hawaii).
I understand, that the first Ironman competition ever in Mallorca will be staged in May 2011 in Alcúdia. It looks like Eneko Llanos will have a go at that one as well. I have no word from Maja Stage Nielsen.
The photo (top) was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of diariodeltriatlon.es and the photographer. The photo (centre) was borrowed from Ms. Nielsen’s page on Facebook. The video clip was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of YouTube and ICANTRIATHLON.
Thank you very much, muchas gracias, eskerrik asko and tak så meget.