Video & Race Report: A First Enduro Race for Brendan Fairclough - Trans Madeira 2020

Sep 23, 2020
by Trans Madeira  

After a couple months filled with uncertainty the third edition of Trans Madeira finally got underway in magical Madeira island. With the entry list cut in half due to health restrictions, the Portuguese archipelago welcomed racers from 15 countries to ride in some of the most diverse terrain on Earth. Starting on 1st June, Madeira imposed that every person that enters the island needs to hold a COVID-19 negative test, even offering free tests at the airport on arrival in order to keep the destination safe.

After a quiet night in Machico beach, the city that has welcomed two rounds of the Enduro World Series, day one took racers to explore the east side of the island with 46km distance to cover, 850 meters of ascent and 2700 meters of descent. From the high alpine dusty stages to the steep loamy jungles that merge south and north, mundane was nowhere to be found. With four more days left it’s all about being able to ride bikes together again and celebrating a proper quarantine revenge.

Full Results: HERE

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 1


Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 1


Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 1
Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 1
Last minute retouches. Long day ahead

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 1


Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 1
Brendan on the first enduro stage and enduro race... of his life!

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 1


Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 1
Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 1
At 1200 meters high we had clear views to Funchal at sea level.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 1


Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 1


Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 1


Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 1
Into the pine forest in a drastic change between SS1 and the rest of the day.


Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 1


Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 1


Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 1


Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 1
Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 1
Liaisons in Madeira don't disappoint especially when using the old levada paths that transport water around the island.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 1
Jono Jones enjoying the lunch before another shuttle to the top.

Trans Madeira 2020 - DAY I
A must do stage when you are visiting Madeira.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 1
Emanuel Pombo is the current leader by 1min.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 1


Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 1
A bet is on between Jono and Brendog this week. After 30 minutes of racing they're separated by 1sec.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 1


Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 1
Back to sea level for a much deserved recharge.



13 Comments

  • 8 1
 Just watched it on Brendogs YouTube channel, QUALITY!
  • 4 1
 +1 for his YouTube channel. big fan!
  • 2 0
 Ya, he's got some fun videos on there.
  • 3 0
 One of the coolest dudes on the pro-circuit. Always entertaining and humble.
  • 6 0
 didnt know mads mikkelsen switched to enduro after starring in some brilliant movies
  • 1 0
 yeah, wtf, cant be same dude?
  • 4 0
 Calling BS on the title:
www.rootsandrain.com/event6278/2018-apr-29-pedalhounds-enduro-3-east-meon/results
29.04.2018, 18-29 Winner - Brendan Fairclough
  • 1 0
 Yeah, he have done quite a few local "enduro" races.
  • 1 0
 Was there not a video from Scott bikes of nino and brendan Doing and enduro a few years ago? FAKE NEWS!!
  • 1 0
 Just fact checked myself.. they both entered 2013 EWS in Finale
  • 2 0
 This looks like the sickest event
  • 2 0
 Jono's always covering the rear brake
  • 3 2
 Hell yeah! Madeira IS the best place to ride in the world!

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