Video: Full Highlights from the 2022 Trans Madeira

Jul 21, 2022
by Trans Madeira  

It's been five years already and we just wrapped up edition six of Trans Madeira powered by Cannondale in the 'Pearl of the Atlantic'. The 220km journey that takes riders to explore all four corners of Madeira island and all its diversity of terrain, landscapes and trails makes this an adventure to remember. This year's Summer edition welcomed 140 racers from 26 nations, with 30 special stages, 15.000m descent and 5 days of racing on the menu. So, what happened during edition six?

Celebrating 10 years of trail building with a special gift
Hard work pays off. Alexandre 'Cabelaça' Gouveia was born and raised in Ponta do Pargo, on the far west side of Madeira and where all race on day five. For the last 10 years he's been working full-time on trail building for Freeride Madeira and being the main character on developing and maintaining Madeira trails magical.

Trans Madeira - Summer 2022
We had to keep the secret for quite some time but the surprise got tears on his eyes.

His passion for the sport and his knowledge of the mountains and forests have been an inspiration for everyone that sees the work on the trails we all love. Once Cannondale knew about him, they decided to step upfront and award him a brand new Moterra to help on the trail building along the year. Thank you Alex for putting Madeira on the map!

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You can also win a brand new Cannondale Jekyll by donating for trail building in Madeira. Get your chance to do it here! For each 10€ donated you enter a draw that will take place on the 28th September.

Unicycling the Trans Madeira route
To be honest, when we first got an email from Ben Soja we thought that this would be an impossible mission and we had no clue on how to adapt the event to him in terms of pace. He wanted to compete and traverse the Trans Madeira route on his unicycle and nothing could change his mind.

Trans Madeira - Summer 2022
Ben attacking a previous Enduro World Series Madeira special stage in the wet!

After registration we sent some riders on a group ride, which is pretty much a ride from 1600m down to the beach to give them a chance to setup bikes and feel the terrain for the first time. Ben ended up on the shuttle and coming back down pretty much on the same time as everyone else giving us a chance to understand how skilled he really is.

Trans Madeira - Summer 2022
Arriving to the finish line in Calheta after 220km of riding - absolute legend.

As the week went on we began to make his journey an adventure for all of us. Ben just kept on going and managed to complete the mission in 5:52h of race time, rolling into the finish line with a shy smile on his face. Every rider was surprised to witness history in the making and wanted to congratulate him at the end. Thank you Ben for inspiring us to get out of our comfort zone.

Trans Madeira - Summer 2022
We decided to award Ben the 'Braveheart Award'.


A race for everyone
With six editions completed we've come to the conclusion that this adventure is for everyone that loves mountain biking. We've welcomed over 700 riders, from different levels, ages, skills and motives. From 16 to 65 years old. From those that have traveled all around the World riding bikes to those that are really starting it. From Downhill World Cup and Enduro World Series racers to total amateurs that dive into beers at the end of each day. Everyone is different but everyone gets together in the middle of Atlantic for the same reason.

Trans Madeira Summer 2022
The views above bike camp in Machico with a 10 minutes stage for the fastest riders.

Trans Madeira Summer 2022
Funchal has been welcoming us near the beach and riders get the chance for a swim before dinner.

Trans Madeira Summer 2022
Local food from local chef's.

This time we had the honor to welcome Vinny T and Louis Reboul and we honestly think they had no idea where they were getting into. What's amazing is that they don't give a damn about racing or timing... they were just cruising, sometimes flying, often crashing but still doing their own thing and loving every bit of it.

Trans Madeira - Summer 2022
Trans Madeira - Summer 2022

Trans Madeira - Summer 2022
Sliding in the mud, playing in the dust and styling things up on stages.

Trans Madeira - Summer 2022
Vinny in front? Louis in front? Switching it up from stage to stage on a stress-free race.

Trans Madeira - Summer 2022
Trans Madeira - Summer 2022
Mixing up with fellow French racers along the week.

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More women racing the event
We've been seeing an increase of women racing Trans Madeira on each new edition. We started in 2018 with 5 ladies and this edition counted with 17 and it's been awesome an awesome journey!

Trans Madeira - Summer 2022

Trans Madeira - Summer 2022
Trans Madeira - Summer 2022
Beer and medals earned at the end of the week. Diana (right) second time racing the event on the way to the start of day three.

Trans Madeira Summer 2022
Third time racing Trans Madeira, Mette Kronborg, decided to bring her brother this time after completing the adventure together in 2018.

Trans Madeira Summer 2022

Trans Madeira Summer 2022
Exploring the far west side of the island, Ponta do Pargo.


No bikes, no clothes...
A riders' nightmare. You just traveled from the other side of the World and your baggage was lost in transit, not sure where or when it will land safely. It can happen. The unlucky ones this time were two pro racers Dylan Crane (USA) and Giacomo Dodino (ITA) arriving to Madeira with no clothes or bikes.

Trans Madeira - Summer 2022
It's a rental, don't be gentle. Giacomo on the hunt during first stage of day three.

We immediately got things rolling with our mechanics to find two XL bikes to rent on the island and hooked them up with riding clothing, sleeping bag and protection gear... but also socks, boxers, towels, casual clothing, tooth brush... you name it!

Trans Madeira - Summer 2022
Trans Madeira - Summer 2022
Giacomo contrast of day one and day five. Mission complete!

Trans Madeira - Summer 2022
When you finally get your bike back!

Dylan eventually got his bike and clothes back at the end of day two, managing to get some stage wins and really find the pace. Giacomo wasn't that lucky and raced the entire week on a rental, ending up on third place overall.

65 members of staff that love this event
Kitchen, bike camps, marshals, drivers, security, mechanics, food zones, safety, timings, media... it takes a full army to get this event off the ground. Since edition one we've been growing the team with almost every member of staff being from Madeira and some of them with us since we started. Each department has a team leader that makes sure things roll smoothly.

Trans Madeira - Summer 2022
Timing crew and marshals also get the chance to ride and have a good time!

Trans Madeira - Summer 2022
Trans Madeira - Summer 2022
Mauricio getting the extra shift on the mechanical team to get bikes ready for the next day. Marcia making sure everyone is hydrated after the ride.

Trans Madeira - Summer 2022
Fabio coordinates shuttles and occasionally likes to dress up as Borat. Very nice!

Trans Madeira - Summer 2022
Alex opens the event since edition one so... he has everything under 'control'.

Trans Madeira - Summer 2022
Trans Madeira - Summer 2022
Nelson and Rob never missed a Trans Madeira edition. Moving camp and feeding 200 people each day is part of the game!

Trans Madeira Summer 2022
Pedro from BraveLanders makes sure that he gets the time off from work to join the event since edition one!

So, what's next?
In two months time we'll be organising edition seven of Trans Madeira: Autumn, taking place from 20th to 24th September. With a full house of 140 racers from 24 nations, we're excited to have some big names on the entry list such as Marcelo Gutierrez, Geoff Gulevich, Phil Atwill and Arthur Deblonde. You can always jump on our waiting list and get fingers crossed that someones give up their spot... who knows? Get your registration done here.

Trans Madeira Summer 2022
Rafael and Gabriel, our Brazilian brothers on the way to 'The Best Trail Ever'.

Trans Madeira Summer 2022
Wrapping up day four in Calheta. One more day to go!

Trans Madeira Summer 2022
Trans Madeira Summer 2022

Making plans for 2023
We'll be hosting two editions of Trans Madeira in 2023, Summer and Autumn with registrations opening on the 1st November (10:00h GMT) on www.trans-madeira.com. Registration criteria is be fast to secure a spot - stage 0 starts on the keyboard! The Summer edition will take place from 30th May to 3rd June and Autumn edition will take place from 19th September to 23rd September.

Trans Madeira Summer 2022

Trans Madeira Summer 2022
Trans Madeira Summer 2022
After five nights in a tent everyone is happy about warm shower and a comfy bed at Saccharum Hotel.

Expect a week of riding and stress-free racing in the World's most diverse terrain. The race package pretty much includes everything from the moment you land on the island: food, accommodation, final night at the hotel, shuttles, timing chip, airport transfers, goodies... we take care of you for the entire week so that you can just focus on riding your bike, chill and disconnect from everything. Find all about it, www.trans-madeira.com.

Trans Madeira Summer 2022

Trans Madeira Summer 2022
Blind gaps - only for the brave ones.


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17 Comments
  • 17 0
 Madeira is Heaven on earth
  • 1 0
 Was there for 10days at Easter, all aroud the island. without a bike / no need. There is so much more to explore with hikes, You cant reach the most beautiful spots with a bike!

Just go!
  • 6 0
 Best money I ever spent. Probably the sickest edition since it was in the middle of the f*cking covid pandemic Cheers to Antonio, André, Rui and all the freeride madeira crew. Abraços amigos! Nos vemos em breve.
  • 5 0
 I was there riding at the same time as the race. The trails, the island, the people, and freeride Madeira is the best time I have ever had on holiday!
  • 3 0
 I was lucky enough to get an entry to this years race. The location, vibe and racing are like nothing else I have experienced. If you haven't been then go!! If you have been then go again!!
  • 2 0
 Rode for a few days with the freeride Madeira crew earlier this year and it was some of the best riding I've ever done. Definitely recommend the trip.
  • 2 0
 In five weeks my wife and I are going for our honeymoon, couple days booked with Freeride Madeira, can’t wait.
  • 2 0
 What's the first song in the vid? I dig it!
  • 9 1
 SHAZAM IT
  • 3 0
 Deadlight - Katharine Petkovski (violin music)

Yes Y'all - Justalyricist (hip hop music)
  • 2 0
 We’ll done- Congratulations on another great event!
  • 1 0
 madeira is truly a paradise, never visited a more beautiful place so far!
  • 1 0
 Dat’ thon’-tha- thon-thon-thong!
  • 1 0
 Just reading this makes my old slow self want to sign up! Looks awesome
  • 1 0
 This makes me want to race again! Looks epic!
  • 1 1
 great photos sh!t music to go with the vid
  • 1 2
 That bike seems to big for him...







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