Video & Race Report: Trans Madeira Autumn 2023 - Days 4 & 5

Sep 30, 2023
by Trans Madeira  

Words: Trans Madeira

We're still looking for someone that doesn't love riding the west side of Madeira. After three days of racing we finally landed in Calheta to race the final two days of Trans Madeira powered by Cannondale. After three days of racing in the east, south and north of the island, the scenario gets a shift as we move to west. Although we were expecting dry conditions from start to finish, riders got a mix of everything, where some stages started greasy and wet and finished dry and dusty. Four seasons in one day, couldn't be more accurate.

Trans Madeira - 2023

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Morning line-up for the first stage of the day.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Chasing rainbows as the weather just kept playing tricks to riders.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Wet floor - short sleeve.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Finding grip. Couldn't be found...

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Light rain helped to elevate the technical aspect of the first stage of the day.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Views above Calheta.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Wolfgang chose the right jersey for the day.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Tired. Excited. We're all here for a week of riding in racing.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Embrace the speed on the west, a completely new setting compared to the previous days of racing.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Third stage of the day is like riding a rollercoaster.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Matt Lombardi on the move for another day win.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Imagine starting in the wet and finding hero-dirt at the bottom.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Mid-day food stop to get the afternoon rolling with two more stages.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Humidity was hitting 90% on day four in Ponta do Pargo.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Misty conditions as riders got their tires in dust in the afternoon.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Mid-stage 'safety' crew.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Afternoon stages were riders's favorites: long, dry, fast.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Scotty on the 'Deathgrip' drop.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
12 ladies at the start and finish line of edition nine.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Ripping corners on the way to Calheta beach.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
The best thing of racing Trans Madeira according to racers is to ride all day with your buddies - stress free.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
After the final stage of the day riders still had a levada liaison to get to camp.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Here's the final night at camp.

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And just like that, we reach day five. After all types of weather, landscapes and terrain it all comes down to the shortest day of the race but also where all decisions get done. Everyone is pleased to exchange tent life for a warm shower and a good night's sleep - except for those that stay up all night at the party. Another day on the west side, Calheta, where dust mixed with cold beers makes it the perfect combination.


Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Riders saying goodbye to tent life.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Bikes loaded. Bus full. Ready to go!

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Being chased by tropical weather once again.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Same routine as the previous day: wet at the top... you know how's the bottom.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
You can smell the finish line but there are 6 stages to wrap the week.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Big smiles as we roll to Calheta again.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
From dark toboggans...

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
...to seeing the light again.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Ready for another special stage! What you got Madeira?

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Leo on the hunt after securing another win in MEN40 class.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Sharing stories, riding together all day, racing each other. The Trans Madeira spirit.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Don't think we use these machines for trail building around here. It's all hand made.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Final push on SS29, a stage that goes from alpine to eucalyptus forest.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Matt and Scotty. Fast on the trails... wild at the finish line party.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Franck was really going for it for the overall but came 2nd at the end.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Final stage of the week was considered by some one of the best. That's a good way to finish a race after 30 special stages.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
It's a long route. Over 220km on the saddle, 75km of special stages. You're a finisher.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Local bar had to stock more beers for these 140 racers.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
YEOOOW!

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Nine editions for Rob as race director. Still feels like first time.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Dressed for the occasion.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Racing as lovers or with your buddies. It's all about good times!

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
No one interested to leave the local bar...

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
But there's a infinity pool waiting for you.

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Your Autumn 2023 edition winners!

Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Trans Madeira Autumn 2023
Time to party. 80's theme!

RESULTS AFTER DAY FIVE
OVERALL MEN

1. Matt Lombardi (RSA), 2:34:25
2. Franck Kirscher (CAN), 2:36:05
3. Calum Ross (SCO), 2:40:45

OVERALL WOMEN
1. Kaisa Harkonen (FIN), 3:20:58
2. Syd Schulz (USA), 3:21:14
3. Nadja Kolb (GER), 3:33:26

Full results here.

Photos: Carlo de Santis, John Fernandes, Antonio Abreu, Daniele Foresi

Next year?
If you're already planning to join Trans Madeira in 2024 - celebrating edition ten and eleven - be aware that registrations open 1st November 2023 at 10:00h GMT on www.trans-madeira.com. See you there!

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3 Comments
  • 1 0
 Are those daily climbing status including shuttles or on the pedals only?
  • 1 0
 The climbing stats are just the riding / hike a bike.
  • 1 0
 Bucket list for sure!!







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