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01-05-2022 | Frank Jansen

Godfroid and Van Wijk win Mallorca 312

One of Europe's premier gran fondos, Mallorca 312, was won by Belgian Olivier Godfroid (m) and Joke van Wijk (f) from The Netherlands. In beautiful weather conditions, 1644 riders (m/f) reached the finish line of the 312 km monster gran fondo. 2562 riders completed the short distance (167 km), while 1589 riders managed to contest the middle distance (225 km).

Late bloomer

Godfroid is no stranger to the gran fondo world. Last year he won the GF Mont Ventoux, where he left several ex-professionals and elite riders behind. The year before, he also took a famous KOM on Bald Mountain. In 2020, he was still third in the Haute Route Ventoux. Godfroid is a late bloomer, he only started cycling seriously at 23 years old. Yesterday he won after a solo of no less than 115 km (Strava file here). His average speed was almost 35 km/hour, over a course of 312 km and 5000m+.

Job Sueters (BE) came in 2nd and Patrick Reissig (GER) 3rd.

Full results can be found here.

Van Wijk wins despite bad luck

Joke van Wijk won the women's competition. The quirky hairdresser from The Netherlands is known as a training beast who annually accounts for more than 30,000 training kilometers. CycloWorld interviewed her once in 2020, read the Google Translate version of that article here.

Van Wijk's victory did not come about without a struggle. After 80 km, a broken spoke almost ruined her victory. However, she managed to finish the race with an out-of-true wheel, with CycloWorld friend-of-the-show Martin Lukasse helping her.

Sylvia Hermans (BE, from finished 2nd and Yvonne Margraf (DE) 3rd.

Full results here.

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