March madness at the BEST Centre

Triathlon at the BEST Centre goes from strength to strength. In the last week in March, all 10 lanes of the pool were taken by triathletes for the 7-9am session!

German Olympian Christian Prochnow ran a great camp here, with a group of 25 triathletes training here for 18 days. “This is the best place for Triathlon. You have everything here. This is the only place in Mallorca that is perferct to train for all three disciplines.”

The German national junior team once again chose the ideal surroundings of Colonia Sant Jordi for their 2 week camp in March. Franz Loschkte, world under 23 champion is with the group and goes directly from the BEST Centre to race in Morocco in preparation for European championships in Eilat.

Also in the water are the Saarland Tri team, also from Germany, who prefer the south of Mallorca to anywhere else. Squad coach Christian Weimer said, “It is much better for our training here. Nowhere in Mallorca is as good as this; the Olympic pool, soft running trails for 8km loops, and the cycling is perfect. You can’t get this in Alcudia.” Their Queen Session was a 5 hour ride incorporating both climbs of Son Salvador and Randa.

ACTC (Arragon’s Cumbria Tri Club) coach and European age group champion Stuart Robinson was here with his group for the second year running (and biking and swimming). The team rounded off a great week with their own sprint race, won this year by World Biathle champion Jon Fletcher. Aging up this year, Stuart has his eyes on the European and World age group titles.

Permanent racing

To build the triathlon community in Colonia Sant Jordi, the BEST Centre are planning a weekly open water swim circuit in the crystal clear water off the beaches there, as well as a sprint tri circuit that will be open to anyone to join in if they are visiting the area. All the details will be on the BEST Centre website in due course.