Video and Race Report: Trans Madeira 2019 - Day 4

Jun 7, 2019
by Trans Madeira  

They say that opposites attract... And today they did. Riders woke this morning to the sounds of rain on their tents and clouds looming on the cliffs above the camp. The morning started in the North, in Sao Jorge. The overnight rain made for slick trails through the thickest of jungles. Riders then traversed South in the afternoon, to be greeted by some of the dustiest of trails on the island. Madeira strikes again.

Day 4 Stats: 35km / 1250m Up / 3200m Down

Riders woke to a different view this morning after heavy rain overnight.
Riders woke to a different view this morning after heavy rain overnight.

Overnight rain left the trails on the north side of the island somewhat sodden.
Overnight rain left the trails on the north side of the island somewhat sodden.

Stage One was a small corridor through the thick forest.
Stage One was a small corridor through the thick forest.

The dirt was certainly slippy and it took a little while to get warmed up into the feel of things.
The dirt was certainly slippy and it took a little while to get warmed up into the feel of things.

Watch out for these....
Watch out for these...

These woods are old very old.
These woods are old, very old.

Green tunnels and a battle to stay upright.
Green tunnels and a battle to stay upright.

1 minute in and muddy already
1 minute in and muddy already

Pombo all squirly in a rut.
Pombo all squirly in a rut.

The marshals came well prepared for the weather knowing just how changeable things can be.
The marshals came well prepared for the weather, knowing just how changeable things can be.

This off camber claimed its fair share of victims
This off camber claimed its fair share of victims

The racing duo of Noga and Nathalie laughing about the extreme mud situation.
The racing duo of Noga and Nathalie laughing about the extreme mud situation.

Some would lichen the morning conditions to a UK winter riding day just a lot more beautiful.
Some would lichen the morning conditions to a UK winter riding day, just a lot more beautiful.

Ludo May have enjoyed himself this morning.
Ludo May have enjoyed himself this morning.

Luckily there was running water to hand.
Luckily there was running water to hand.

If any rider made it down this morning s stages without dabbing a foot we should be sending them to champery for the next world champs.
If any rider made it down this morning's stages without dabbing a foot we should be sending them to Champery for the next world champs.

Riding waves and trails and at the same time.
Riding waves and trails and at the same time.

Wet weather warriors.
Wet weather warriors.

A day for flats
A day for flats

Stage 3 featured some exposure and given the conditions was run as an untimed stage.
Stage 3 featured some exposure and given the conditions was run as an untimed stage.

Gnarled wood and one of the few non gnarly sections of trail.
Gnarled wood and one of the few non-gnarly sections of trail.

Lunchtime and the clouds were showing promise of lifting.
Lunchtime and the clouds were showing promise of lifting.

Happy faces to see the lunch stop today
Happy faces to see the lunch stop today/

The cloud was rising as the riders arrived on stage 4. It wasn t long before visibility was limited.
The cloud was rising as the riders arrived on stage 4. It wasn't long before visibility was limited.

Line choice at the top of this fresh stage May have been tricky at times due to the cloud.
Line choice at the top of this fresh stage May have been tricky at times due to the cloud.

Riders in the mist.
Riders in the mist.

Bullied into line choice.
Bullied into line choice.

A stark contrast from the morning.
A stark contrast from the morning.

Fresh cut dusty sections encouraged wild riding.
Fresh cut dusty sections encouraged wild riding.

Rain gear on and dusty dry trails it was a confusing day for conditions.
Rain gear on and dusty dry trails, it was a confusing day for conditions.

The final stage of the day had it all flowy corners and fresh deep dust.
The final stage of the day had it all, flowy corners and fresh deep dust.

Plenty of compressions rewarded aggressive riding.
Plenty of compressions rewarded aggressive riding.

Some of the riding kit is showing a few signs of wear after 4 days
Some of the riding kit is showing a few signs of wear after 4 days!

Trail twising between trees.
Trail twisting between trees.

Rowdy in the jungle
Rowdy in the jungle

The preying mantis of the fern world.
The praying mantis of the fern world.

If you ever wondered what the point of a top tube sticker is..
If you ever wondered what the point of a top tube sticker is...

Not far to the sea.
Not far to the sea.

Pinned under the power lines.
Pinned under the power lines.

One more levada crossing.
One more levada crossing.

Bike wash with a view.
Bike wash with a view.

Time to reflect on a day of racing.
Time to reflect on a day of racing.

Mud then dust then rain and more dust.
Mud then dust then rain and more dust.

A few hundred meters down to camp still
A few hundred meters down to camp still

Alternative to blue skies for the racers on day 4.
Alternative to blue skies for the racers on day 4.

Callheta for the night.
Callheta for the night.



6 Comments

  • + 5
 Those Pictures look like Old School MTB! Amazing Mud/Dust Combo's
  • - 15
flag CaliCol (Jun 8, 2019 at 14:39) (Below Threshold)
 What is old school MTB? Ive been riding for 25 years and didn't get an "old school" feel from it. All I really felt was the same thing I felt towards "enduro" racing since its inception: "Man, this is pretty gay."
  • + 4
 @CaliCol: Looking at your comment history I feel bad for you. Your life is clearly so sad you are driven to the internet to spread your hate as nobody else in the real world would put up with a word of what you spew.
  • - 1
 @gnarnaimo: you’re an automotive tech, I feel bad for you.
  • + 3
 Amazing photos and event. Looks like so much fun.
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