Mallorca 312 route no longer goes round the island but will feature closed roads

The Mallorca 312 cyclosportive will now take place on closed roads but will not circumnavigate the island

Madison Genesis riders tackle the Mallorcan hills

Participants in the Mallorca 312-Giant-Taiwan challenge will face a much changed route in 2016, with the old 'round the island' sportive replaced with a closed-road event on the west side of the island.

The distance remains the same - 312km of challenging roads, starting at the Hotel Iberostar Playa de Muro and finishing in nearby Pollenca.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.