Change in elevation: 922 m
Level of difficulty: high
Opening stage is this year's Volta with departure and arrival in Es Castell. This will be the longest stage.
A more classical route, although with a few novelties that combine less demanding sections with stretches of more technical riding, challenging inland trails and coastal areas with 80-meter cliffs and rocky coves.
This array of elements, along with the sheer distance of the stage, will make for a truly challenging stage with two clearly differentiated sections.
The first follows historic inland country trails through the municipal districts of Es Castell, Maó and Alaior, taking riders through much of Menorca's ethnological heritage and rural environment.
The second section primarily follows the Camí de Cavalls trail, crossing the S'Alufera des Grau lagoon, where Menorca's rugged eastern coast will make this a most difficult and demanding section, while also highly spectacular thanks to its landscapes and nature found at the heart of the Menorca Biosphere Reserve. This section crosses emblematic sites such as Hort des Lleó, Platja de'n Tortuga, Sa Mesquida and the amazing port of Maó, the largest natural port in the entire Mediterranean.
Breakdown of trails: asphalt, 49%; trails, 27%; dirt roads, 21%; bike lanes, 2%, beach, 1%.
Change in elevation: 1087 m
Level of difficulty: high
This will be both the most demanding and the most spectacular stage, with departure and arrival in Es Mercadal.
Magnificent circular route with departure and arrival in Es Mercadal, combining less demanding sections with others requiring highly skilled technique and resilience, as the stage with the greatest overall incline and the lowest percentage of asphalt.
It follows inland trails, wooded areas and stunning landscapes of the island's northern region that will require excellent physical condition and technical ability to cross three Nature Areas of Special Interest.
Highlights include a number of areas never before included in the BTT, like Sa Roca, S'Albufera des Grau, the beautiful Bay of Fornells with its imposing Defense Tower, Cala Tirant, Cala Mica, and once past Binimel.là, we'll move on to to some less challenging although entertaining sections on our way back to Es Mercadal.
Breakdown of trails: asphalt, 41%; dirt roads, 34%; trails, 20%; bike lanes, 1%, wooden gangway, 1%; pebbles, 1%; beach, 1%.
Change in elevation: 503 m
Level of difficulty: medium / high
Final stage with departure and arrival in Ciutadella.
The start of this stage leads straight into the historic center of Ciutadella, followed primarily by the southern coast of the same municipality, crossing several Nature Areas of Special Interest, the always spectacular Santa Anna ravine, and even running through a few private estates that will surely add a special touch.
This is a relatively more comfortable and flatter route, but not without its more challenging spots. In addition to showing off much of Menorca's ethnological heritage and countryside, it will also introduce riders to emblematic virgin beaches and conclude after a section of seaside cliffs that line Ciutadella's coast.
Breakdown of trails: asphalt, 48%; trails, 36%; dirt roads, 14%; bike lanes, 1%, wooden gangway, 1%; beach, 1%.