This was one for the history books. If there ever was a race where the outcome couldn't be predicted, it was this one. It was a weekend of extremes. We had weather that was wild, tracks that were long and taxing on the racers, and tracks that ate bikes for dinner. There were roots, loam, and slick as snot rocks. This race was a true war of attrition and being consistent was the key to winning. The stages of day two were rough and unforgiving. Jesse Melamed had a commanding lead coming into day two when he broke a wheel on stage seven. So many other riders flatted or broke something that cost them precious time. Madeira served up a race that was pushing everyone to the breaking point, both mentally and physically.
Greg Callaghan was the man who held it all together and took the lead when the race started to fall apart for others. Callaghan had played it safe in Tassie. He rode the final stages on the safe side and made a mistake that cost him the race, but he wasn't making that mistake here. With wins on two separate islands, Enrico dubbed him the "Island King." But it's looking like Greg's winning ways are just starting up. Cecile Ravenel wasn't taking less than a win after Tasmania, and she held no quarter out there this weekend. This race was certainly one we won't be forgetting anytime soon.