Video & Race Report: Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2 & Day 3

Sep 25, 2020
by Trans Madeira  

Day 2

Four seasons in one day. Is that even possible? Madeira always carried this saying on its back and today was one of those days, where the sun merges with rain and the dirt just feels like heaven. Cold at the start, blazing hot at the bottom, humidity hitting 100%, day two of Trans Madeira had a bit of everything you can ask for. With 40km distance, 2800 meters descent and six stages going through Funchal, Santa Cruz and Machico, the island just keeps surprising everyone with a diversity of landscapes and dirt. Three more days and 21 stages to go…

Full Results: HERE

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2
Good morning from Machico beach.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2
Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2
Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2
While at camp the sky was blue, things got a bit different in altitude.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2
Stage 7: what about 510 meters of descent to kick off day two?

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2
Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2
Race. Regroup. Eat. Shuttle. Race more.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2
All smiles for a local boy that currently lives on Portugal mainland but never skips a chance to ride in Madeira.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2
Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2

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Four seasons in one day means that you smash a dust corner and then jump directly into Madeira's black ice. Jono tasting it.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2
The B-Dog sending it blind on SS8.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2
Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2
SS9 was the iconic 'Rat Boy' stage. Short and sweet!

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2
Mette Kronborg still leads after two days of racing. Just a couple more turns to find yourself back at camp.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2
Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2
Alpine to sea level with 2800 meters descent. Not a bad plan...

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 2
Sun or rain tomorrow? Bring it all!





Day 3

There are things you never forget. Day three of Trans Madeira is one of those things. For the good and for the bad, for being hard but rewarding. For all the pain that suddenly fuses with fun and the feeling of accomplishment. After experiencing four seasons in one day, riders started day three above the clouds in Pico do Areeiro, Madeira’s second-highest peak sitting at 1818 meters. Four special stages united by one of biggest liaisons of the entire event, combining massive cobblestone path descents down to Nun’s valley and a unique hike-a-bike that completes the transition from South to North. Today is not just about the stages, but the way to get there and step out of your comfort zone. After all the pain and sweat, the traverse took racers to two of the most iconic stages of the event located in São Vicente, where loam gets a deeper meaning. A rollercoaster of emotions and doubts connected to the sentiment of finishing 48km with 1680m ascent and 2950m descent, one stage closer of the finish line.

Full results: HERE

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
Morning warm-up on the way to SS13.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
On the way to Madeira's alpine.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
Time is ticking... but today is not just about the stages.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
While racing the alpine stages riders could face what's on the other side of the valley and the plan for the afternoon.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
Jono getting loose at the end of SS13.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
Oliver Mckenna has won every day of MEN40 class and is currently sitting in 4th place overall.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
SS14 is a 4.05km with 600 meters descent, starting up in the alpine and finishing in the eucalyptus.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
Spanish Roger Peligero told us at the finish line that today was the best day he ever had on his bike, earning him a 3rd place in the MEN30 category.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
Pombo expanded his lead over Brendan and Jono, winning three of four stages.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
Two stages done!

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
Quick stop at Nun's valley to kick off the afternoon transitioning to the north side of the island.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
Liaisons on Madeira's levadas are the perfect way to feel the adventurous side of racing.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
Lights on! When riders get on these tunnels they just see a little dot at the end of it.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
A game of contrasts between descending into Nun's valley and racing two stages in the afternoon.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
North side is a total change of scenario, dirt and weather.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
One of the most anticipated stages of the week. Fast leafy toboggans in the heart of Laurissilva forest.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
Jono got another 3rd place, 49 seconds behind Pombo.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
Sao Vicente has some of the steepest stages of the event. SS16 was voted the stage of the day with 1.85km and 455 meters descent.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
Brendan got a win over Pombo on the last stage of the day.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
Camp site moved to the far west side of Madeira, Calheta, for another calm night at the beach.

Trans Madeira 2020 - Day 3
Two more days to go!



12 Comments

  • 12 0
 please, make a highlight video, at leat 20 minutes long.....
  • 3 0
 You should watch Brendog’s video report of the race it’s nearly 20 minutes.
Here’s the link mate:
youtu.be/LpPI0djm4cE
  • 4 0
 Outstanding photography!!!
  • 4 0
 What a beautiful place to ride!
  • 4 0
 Bucket list for sure
  • 4 1
 "It was the best day I've ever had on my bike" I feel that...
  • 4 0
 Nice Photography!!
  • 1 0
 amazing place to ride, so putting it to my bucket list
  • 1 0
 Looks absolutely epic.
  • 1 1
 Missing that Coral beer
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