The path that we so much talk about starts at 1800m altitude and goes down to 0m, near the sea. It doesn't matter if it's Summer of Winter, you can go for a dive in the hot waters of Madeira Island, situated in the Atlantic Ocean. It is a popular year-round resort, being visited every year by about one million tourists, noted for its Madeira wine, flowers, landscapes and embroidery artisans, as well for its annual New Years celebrations that feature a spectacular fireworks show. Well, we live in a magical place with so much conditions for the practice of our sport.
We filmed for three days in a very difficult kind of terrain and access, but it's worth the work, it's a magical ride. We started in the top of the Island (1800m - Pico do Areeiro) with our backpacks full of food and filming material; Rui even took some 'spaghetti', he knows how hard is filming with MADproductions.
We had to deal with lots of different weather conditions from the top to bottom of the trail. Snow in the begining and 0º Celsius, then rain and fog and suddenly a beautiful sunny day, 21º Celsius. Yes, we live in a magical place. The landscape is so peaceful, just the wind flowing naturally throw the mountains and the trail seems too perfect to be real.
Our filming was always depending on the weather. Wind and fog were a big issue for the rider and for the crew. There were lot's of times that we didn't watch the rider in 10 meters distance and we had to wait for an 'opening' to start rolling the cameras. When we were in the top our fingers were freezing and Rui couldn't feel the brakes for some nice drifts and rock parts of the trail. A couple meters down, the sun rises, the sky turns blue and we are back on track.
By far, this was the most challenging project for MADproductions but we wouldn't change it a bit. As the song says, this is our view, our cue..
The movie will have a second part in the summer, and it's a downhill trail, from 500m to 0m altitude. It's gonna be a hell of a ride !
Thank you so much to the people that made this project a reality, Pedro Faria, Fábio Ferreira, Diogo Neves and Andrew Talas.
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Photos: Pedro Faria
All the best,