Hunting Madeira Trails and Roadgaps at Night

Dec 2, 2019 at 9:09
by Sascha BamHill  
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Madeira is the perfect winter destination for mountain bikers. While it is already freezing in Europe, the temperatures remain constant between 15 and 25 degrees. But even if it stays light for an hour longer, due to the time zone, the sun has to leave the stage to the moon at a certain time.

Night Riding the Rabbit
Night Riding the Rabbit
When its gettig dark, it's time for the bats to crawl out of their hidden places and hunt for food. Can you spot the bat chasing the roadgap?

Night Riding the Rabbit
For Sascha, the day was again too short, so he has only one option to play with the bats: lamps on and full throttle. To bang the trails at night, you need a responsable head lamp with relaible performance that you can trust on anytime. The worst idea is when at full throttle, or even in the air, the light suddenly goes out.

Night Riding the Rabbit
Night Riding the Rabbit
Here, Sascha trusts on a powerful quality product from Germany: The Lupine Wilma R with handlebar remote control. In the brightest light level, the battery lasts about 2 hours, but if you always dull down on the uphills, you can go through the whole night. Of course, Lupine also offers a matching GoPro bracket for the headlight.

Night Riding the Rabbit

Night Riding the Rabbit
Night Riding the Rabbit
The trail Sascha has chosen is called Rabbit and is located above Prazeres, in the west of the beautiful flower island. Here you are not exposed to the colder temperatures and stronger winds that are up on the mountain. The trail is similar to a pump track or a rollercoaster, because you can fire down the trail with Flow from top to bottom.

Night Riding the Rabbit
In the middle of the trail is a big roadgap, which Sascha build with his colleagues. Although it is relatively large, it is probably the most smooth jump in Madeira.


Night Riding the Rabbit

Rider: Sascha Bamberg
Camera: Pia Rummland & Kevin Habermehl
Light: Heike Rüppel
Location: Rabbit - Prazeres, Madeira
Music: SubSyndrome & The Greys - Space Boots


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