Enduro mountain biking is the ultimate way to get to new locations, explore new trails and to live life on a different pace. Since the last ten years, Madeira Island, a Portuguese island located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, has been growing exponentially in terms of adventure sports, with enduro leading the way to new target audiences on a global scale. Big mountains, beautiful landscapes, warm weather all year round, delicious food and over 500 years culture makes Madeira one of the top locations for mountain biking 365 days per year. Since May 2017, Madeira reached the industry top spot, when Freeride Madeira and Clube Caniço Riders organized the Enduro World Series round three, where more than 370 racers visited the island to race and compete in what they consider the World’s most diverse terrain.
A couple months later, we’re back to our origins as mountain bikers, looking for old paths that connect the island west to east and south to north. Exploring the four corners on five days on a mountain bike, starting high in the mountains and finishing each and every single day down the ocean. That’s when everything made perfect sense and that’s when Trans Madeira become a reality. In 2018 we organized the first edition of Trans Madeira and we’re looking forward to make it happen again in the future!
Trans Madeira is an enduro mountain bike adventure that will get the best out of you, scheduled from 4th to 8th of June 2019. Five days of racing, more than 200km covered, over 25 special stages, limited 120 riders. East to west and south to north, all four corners of Madeira in one unique event. You can expect to ride different kinds of terrains and explore unique singletracks in a bike camp adventure style race with no transition times.
In 2018 we organized the first edition of the race, welcoming 120 riders from 26 nationalities! Although Ines Thoma and Emanuel Pombo took the win in the main categories, the feedback we got from other racers was just incredible and that’s why we’re launching the second edition!
"Trans Madeira was an absolute blast, hard to believe it was the first ever edition looking at how good the event was! It was a beautiful experience to live, and a amazing way to discover this wonderful island. You guys really are such friendly, happy and genuine people! Portugal and Madeira can be very proud of you, we are all leaving with a bunch of rad memories and with a big smile on our faces!"
Yoann Barelli (CAN)
"There was such a good mixture of tracks, from wet to dusty, physical to technical! You can go all out!"
Daniel Prijkel (NED)
"The adventure day is a day that I’ll never forget. I’ve never hike-a-biked for such a long time or spent so much time on my bike but it was worth it! Trails were awesome and landscape was just perfect. Magic and brutal at same time!"
Emanuel Pombo (POR)
"Crazy days in Madeira! Rad trails, epic transitions and tired body but all worth it for one of the best days out on the bike"
Steve Peat (GBR)
"Thank you guys for this incredible experience! It was a blast and simply unforgettable!"
Julian Eitner (SUI)
"I can´t stop telling you what a great show you did the last week. It was amazing! For sure one oft he best memorys in my life!"
Stephan Koch (GER)
"The organization was seamless and I think that everyone felt your enthusiasm you share for the island, the trails and mountain biking!"
Andreas Rothlisberger (SUI)
"I didn’t know what to expect but after a week of wild, rocky, wet, dusty racing in Madeira I wasn’t disappointed! Organization behind the race worked so well that it was hard to understand that it was the first edition of the race! This was my first time in Madeira but definitely not my last"
Mette Kronborg (DNK)
"We saw everything from dry and dusty to greasy and rowdy, to high speed amongst the clouds. One thing for sure, mundane would be nowhere to be found. Top it off with a swim in the ocean with your new riding buddies and you’ve got an ace day!"
Noel Bolso (CAN)
"On day four we rode again another type of terrain: wet jungle in the morning and fast and flowy in the afternoon! All what a mountain biker needs to be happy!"
Ludo May (SUI)
"After being welcomed with that amazing set-up in Machico beach, the first day at the east side of the island was unforgettable! That feeling of going from a completely dry and super fun flowy trail to a technical and slippery on the second... it’s the true Trans Madeira experience!"
Andre Cachado (POR)
"The best trail ever! I’ve never experienced the loam like this!"
Yoann Barelli (CAN)
An average of 2300m descent and 1300m ascent per day, between 4 to 9 stages per day. There will be some days with shuttle assistance so that you can cover much more trails and enjoy the riding, even so, it will be hard and memorable. You’ll race over 25 special stages in some of the most iconic locations of Madeira and share those trails with some of the fastest racers on the planet! There’s only one race package available to 120 riders that includes everything from the moment you arrive to Madeira Island (FNC airport). As bike holidays experts we will offer you an experience of Madeira like no other that will take you to ride and race some of the most magical trails of Madeira! Trans Madeira mixes the best things about mountain biking, combining adventure with racing!
Five nights tent and one night in a four stars hotel
Breakfast, lunch, light barbecue after race and dinner
Arrival and departure from FNC Airport
Hopefully no one will need to use this one
Access to photos produced during the event
Baggage, bike box transportation and shuttles
Gifts from our sponsors and from the event
The three fastest girls and boys take money home
ACCOMMODATION: From 3rd to 8th of June you’ll be sleeping on the event Bike Camps, which means you’ll be staying on an individual tent, big enough to fit two persons. You’ll also have a pillow and a sleeping mat. All you have to bring is your sleeping bag. From 8th to 9th of June you’ll be sleeping on a four stars hotel located on the West side of Madeira.
FOOD: Four complete meals included in your race package. There will be breakfast every day before race start that includes porridge (nuts, honey, raisins, milk, etc.), fresh fruit variety (bananas, oranges, apples), variety of bread (cheese, ham, jam, etc.). You’ll take a lunch pack with you that includes a sandwich and an energy bar. Once you arrive back to camp, there’s barbecue or pasta so that you can refuel before dinner. Last, but not least, dinner – where you can have a taste of what Madeira is all about!
AIRPORT TRANSFERS: You should arrive to Funchal Airport (FNC) on the 3rd of June – we recommend arrivals to be before 18:00h. If you decide to arrive earlier you should book everything your own transfer prior to the 3rd of June and inform us of your location so that we can transport you to the first bike camp – we recommend you to stay in Funchal if you arrive before 3rd June. For departures, you should schedule for the 9th of June – we recommend departure to be after 09:00h. If you decide to leave after that date we’ll transport you to Funchal.
NOTE: extra transfers should be booked directly with Freeride Madeira – firstname.lastname@example.org.
RACE INSURANCE: You don’t need to have your own insurance to race Trans Madeira as it is included in the race package. In case you need to activate the race insurance, there’s a deductible. You’ll have to sign a document confirming that you agree with the terms of insurance presented to you.
LOGISTICS: Your bag will be transported to each new Bike Camp area. You will only have access to your bike bag / bike box on the first day and on the last day. Make sure you have everything you need for the race with you!
FOOD ZONES: During race days, there will be one or two feed zones where you can re-fuel energy for the rest of the adventure. Fresh water, nuts, fruit, honey cake, gums, juices, peanuts, chips, etc. This area got super good feedback so expect it to be better!
MECHANICS: There will be a professional mechanic on the Bike Camp for a couple hours per day and there will be spare parts available for pursache. There’s a service fee if you want to use their services.
SNACKS AND DRINKS BAR: There will be a movable bar that has beer, poncha and soft drinks for purchase.
CHARGING AREA: You’ll be able to charge your phone, cameras and gadgets on specific locations. Bring all your cables! We’ll do our best to make sure you have enough energy!
You will be riding in four different locations and racing in different kinds of terrain every single day! For a typical Trans Madeira, you can expect this kind of routine: wake up, reinforced breakfast, shuttle or pedal to the top, four to nine stages, finish the day with free beer and barbecue at sea level altitude (except for one day), check your results. Wash your bike, go for a swim, take a shower, have dinner, attend briefing and go back to sleep! Repeat everything for the next couple days!
Registration opens on the 1st of December 2018 (GMT 10:00h) and closes when there are no more spots available or on the 31st December 2018. The selection criteria is: be fast to secure a spot! After this process you’ll receive an email confirming your registration – this doesn’t mean you got a spot.Registration information