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About

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.

The race

Trans Madeira is an enduro mountain bike adventure that will get the best out of you, scheduled from 5th to 9th of June 2018. Five days of racing, more than 200km covered, more than 25 special stages, 100 riders. East to west, north to south, all four corners of Madeira in one unique event - by the way, that’s why our logo has four different kinds of mountains. You can expect to ride different kinds of terrains and explore unique singletracks in a bike camp adventure style race with no transition times but cut-off times.

Madeira map

What to expect

An average of 2200m descent and 1500m ascent per day. There will be some days with short 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 more than 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 100 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.

accommodation

SIX NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION

Five nights tent and one night in a 4 stars hotel

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THREE MEALS PER DAY

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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AIRPORT TRANSFERS

Arrival and departure from FNC Airport

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RACE INSURANCE

Hopefully no one will need to use this one

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MEDIA CONTENT

Access to daily media content produced during the event

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ALL LOGISTICS

Baggages, bike box transportation and occasional shuttles

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EVENT SWAG

Gifts from our sponsors and from the event

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PRIZE MONEY

The three fastest overall takes money home

And more!

  • Custom number plate
  • Free Wifi on certain locations
  • Access to Feed Zones
  • Professional timing and course marking
  • Medical assistance during the event
  • Professional mechanics on location
  • Access to Snack and Drinks bar
  • One beer per day – right after you finish!
  • Access to charging area

Package value

1490 €

ACCOMMODATION: From 4th to 9th 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 own sleeping bag. From 9th to 10th of June you’ll be sleeping on an hotel.

FOOD: Three 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, juice, fruit and energy bar. Dinner will be different but delicious every single day.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS: You should arrive to Funchal Airport (FNC) on the 4th of June. If you decide to arrive earlier you should book everything your own prior to the 4th of June and inform us of your location so that we can transport you to the Bike Camp. For departures, you should schedule for the 10th of June. If you decide to leave after that date we’ll transport you to a location of your choice.

RACE INSURANCE: You don’t need to have your own insurance to race Trans Madeira. It is included in the race package. In case you need to activate the race insurance, there’s a 120€ deductible

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!

FEED 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, walnuts, etc.

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: On certain locations there will be an event bar where you can pursache energy bars, chocolates, beer, water, juices, etc.

CHARGING AREA: You’ll be able to charge your phone and gadgets on specific locations. Bring all your cables!

Trans Madeira Routine

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 six stages, finish the day with free beer at sea level altitude (except for one day). You'll have the chance to arrive to the Bike Camp, go for a swim, drink a beer, relax, have dinner with the gang, check results and prepare for a good night sleep. Repeat!

+ QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS (Q&A) +

  • What do I need to pack for the race?
    It’s essential to bring your sleeping bag (average temperature June in Madeira is 21ºC – but it can get cold at night), head light, rain jacket, backpack, multi-tool. We would recommend you to bring specific parts for your bike and spares
  • How much luggage should I bring?
    One normal travel bag per person. We recommend it to be a duffel bag.
  • How many hours will I spend on the bike per day?
    There are days that will be harder than others but expect between 4 to 6 hours on the bike each day. Expect hike-a-bike sections, a couple long pedalling and steep transitions, some long and technical descents.
  • Will I have access to my bike box during the race?
    No. You will only have access to your bike box on the 4th of June (till 22:00h) and from 9th of June on the arrival area.
  • Which airport should I travel to?
    Funchal Airport (FNC). We recommend you to make a reservation for your bike traveling as well.
  • Where are the bike camps located and what are the conditions?
    There will be four different bike camps, three located at 0 meters altitude and one high in the mountains. You’ll have access to showers, power supply and wifi. Some of them will be in the city, so you’ll be able to explore a bit more of Madeira.
  • Are e-bikes allowed on this race?
    No. You can’t race this event with an e-bike.
  • What if I get hurt during the race?
    If you get hurt and can’t race more for the rest of the week, we’ll transport you, baggage and bike to all bike camps until the last one.

Registrations

Registration opens on the 15th of December 2017 (GMT 10:00h) and closes when there are no more spots available or on the 31st January 2018. There’s no specific selection process, so the criteria is just be fast and secure a spot.

After registration process, you will receive an email with payment information. Bank transfer is the only payment method. All entries must be paid after completing the registration process and form on 24 hours time. Your registration will not be secured without payment being processed and confirmed on that period of time. When the event is sold out there will be a registration process for a waiting list.

NOTE: As this is the first year, we have an event cancelation policy, which means that organizers reserve the right to cancel the event if there aren’t enough riders to satisfy production costs. If that happens, you’ll be fully refunded. With that said, we advise you to not book flights before the 5th February 2018, after we confirm all registrations and do the final communication. In the case of confirmation of the event before that date you’ll be contacted via email.

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Contact

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Or send an email to info@trans-madeira.com

Organizers

  • Freeride Madeira
  • Clube Caniço Riders

Sponsors

  • Câmara Municipal de Machico
  • Vango
  • MAD Productions