Video and Race Report: Trans Madeira 2019 - Day 2

Jun 6, 2019
by Trans Madeira  

The Southside of Madeira has so many special trails and we struggle to fit it all into the race. Today's racing combined technical, jungle trails in the morning with fast and dusty alpine stages in the afternoon. Today's stages took the riders down from the most rugged terrain through the eucalyptus forests and out into camp high above the city of Funchal.

Day 2's stats are 40km of riding, 1330m Up and 2615m Down.


Misty mountain liaisons.
Misty mountain liaisons.




First stage of the day and unknown trail conditions kept riders on their toes from top to bottom.
The first stage of the day and unknown trail conditions kept riders on their toes from top to bottom.




Ribbons in dark woods.
Ribbons in dark woods.




It s hard not to have fun on the Ratboy trail.
It's hard not to have fun on the 'Ratboy' trail.


Despite a lingering fog and the odd slight shower the trails were pretty much dry under tire.
Despite a lingering fog and the odd slight shower, the trails were pretty much dry under the tire.

Turns between the ferns.
Turns, between the ferns.

Where are the stanctions
Where are the stantions?

Riders gather at the feed station before heading off in the hope of dusty and sunnier stages.
Riders gather at the feed station before heading off in the hope of dusty and sunnier stages.

A cold wet morning made one of these most welcome.
A cold wet morning made one of these most welcome.

Mushroom trail may be one of the most ridden trails on the island but in today s conditions it was on another level.
Mushroom trail may be one of the most ridden trails on the island, but in today's conditions, it was on another level.

Pombo leading the men s race after day 2.
Pombo leading the men's race after day 2.


Noga Korem leading the women s race.
Noga Korem leading the women's race.

Slippy when wet.
Slippy when wet.

The feed station snacks are on point.
The feed station snacks are on point.

Even the climbs can be fun.
Even the climbs can be fun.

Ribbons.
Ribbons.

High speed and plenty of rocks to catch you out on the final two and longer stages of the day.
High speed and plenty of rocks to catch you out on the final two and longer stages of the day.

Yellow fever.
Yellow fever.


High alpine ridge line riding.
High alpine ridgeline riding.

Funchal waits below the final stages.
Funchal waits below the final stages.

Stage 5 with stage 4 way off there in the background.
Stage 5 with stage 4 way off, there in the background.

Ludo May may or may not...
Ludo May, may or may not...

Full gas into the unknown.
Full gas into the unknown.

From high alpine to fast fun turns between the Eucalyptus trees.
From high alpine, to fast, fun turns between the Eucalyptus trees.

Noga Korem s coach Nathalie Schneitter chasing her down the trail.
Noga Korem's coach, Nathalie Schneitter chasing her down the trail.

Working on that stage 5 dirt tan.
Working on that stage 5 dirt tan.


Mandatory that trail was so rad fist bumps.
Mandatory 'that trail was so rad' fist bumps.

After a morning of rain and mist an afternoon of dust was most welcome.
After a morning of rain and mist, an afternoon of dust was most welcome.

Probably the fastest most expensive washing line on the island.
Probably the fastest, most expensive washing line on the island.

Good for another day s riding we reckon.
Good for another day's riding we reckon.



2 Comments

  • + 9
 Were there any men in the women's category or vice versa? If not, is it PC to call it 'Trans-Madeira' these days? lol!
  • + 1
 @scratchbum you could start something!

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