Portuguese mountain bike legend, Marco Fidalgo, has passed away in a motorbike accident at the age of 38.
Marco first started racing cross country in 1994 and then converted to downhill after competing in Portugal's first ever downhill race. By the year 2000 he had become Portugal's first professional mountain biker and was a legend in his home country with wins in National Championships, 4X Nationals and urban downhill races. After numerous titles, victories, falls and injuries, Marco stepped away from downhill and started racing enduro alongside promoting mountain biking in his home country through events and content creation. He will be best remembered for his infectious smile, love for riding and huge influence on the sport in Portugal.
Marco was riding in the woods in Gândaras above his home in Lousa last night when the crash happened. His family were concerned that he had not returned when he said he would so they alerted the local authorities at 9:15pm. A search was raised and Marco was found dead at the scene. Full details of the incident are not yet known.
Marco leaves behind his 11-year-old son Santiago, who shares his father's burning passion for mountain bikes. Our thoughts go out to Santiago as well as all of Marco's family and friends in this difficult time.
Marco Fidalgo (1980-2019)
The following short video is from Marco's youtube channel, and couldn't be a more poignant message for him to leave behind: