Video: The Reality of Racing the Trans Madeira 2019

Oct 19, 2019
by Oli Carter  


This was THE toughest day I have ever had on a bike.
Following on from part 1 last week, this episode really gets into the thick of it and I start to realize the reality of racing on this insane terrain 5 days in a row.
I was Physically and Mentally exhausted... Even though I had trained and prepared specifically for this race, NOTHING can prepare you for the real deal.


Looking back on it now I went to hard on the first day and was within touching distance of the podium, trying to carry that pace into the other days was a real challenge. It saw me start to make mistakes and slip back in the rankings, ending up the week 6th in my category and 10th overall.
Super happy with the result for my first attempt at this format of racing, if im totally honest I think it is the purest form of Enduro and something that everyone who loves racing should try...

That beer tasted SO good at the end of the toughest but most fun week i have ever had on a bike!

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 I'm planning to race it next year. I'm ready to register but I'm always thinking that's really expensive. I mean for the same amount of money you can almost make 3 weeks there when you are with a group. I'm trying to convince myself that this money worth it haha But I'm sure it worth it.
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 how much does it cost?
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 @SlinkySammy: it's 1600 euro the race and you have to pay for the flight.
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 The island and trails are so amazing! I want to do this event so bad, but getting no sleep for 5-6 nights of tent camping for that sort of money makes it hard to justify. Yes I am too old and soft I guess?
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 @OzarkBike i'm able to guarantee that sleeping will be the easiest part... the crew and logistics are top level, 100% satisfation at the end of every racing day!
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 Physically and mentally exhausted is how I felt after a full big day with Freeride Madeira- the trails are brutal
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 So very tempting to enter!
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 Do it dude!!!!
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 amazing Madeira!!
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 dusty Madeira!!

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