Trans Madeira 2018: A New Mountain Bike Adventure

Dec 7, 2017 at 3:40
by Trans Madeira  
Enduro mountain biking is the ultimate way to get to new locations, explore new trails and to live life at a different pace. In the last ten years, Madeira Island, a Portuguese island located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, has been growing exponentially in terms of adventure sports, with enduro leading the way to new target audiences on a global scale. Big mountains, beautiful landscapes, warm weather all year round, delicious food and over 500 years culture makes Madeira one of the top locations for mountain biking 365 days per year. Since May 2017, Madeira reached the industry top spot, when Freeride Madeira and Clube Caniço Riders organized the Enduro World Series round three, where more than 370 racers visited the island to race in what some considered the world’s most diverse terrain.

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A couple months later, we’re back to our origins as mountain bikers, looking for old paths that connect the island west to east and south to north. Exploring the four corners, starting high in the mountains and finishing each and every single day down at the ocean – that’s basically what we’ve been doing for years as locals and also with our bike holidays customers. Sharing the ride in such unique and different locations, covering the much ground possible via singletracks and experiencing the best things Madeira has to offer: that doesn’t sound bad at all. That’s when everything made perfect sense and that’s when the Trans Madeira project become a reality.

Enduro World Series Madeira Film Festival 2017. Photo by Jacob Gibbins.

Message from the Organizers

Freeride Madeira project started in 2011 by three friends that since 2003 have been strongly active in the local mountain bike scene making the best out of Madeira’s potential to become a unique bike destination. Our passion for the sport and for the island, combined with our skills and knowledge about guiding, trail building, organizing events and marketing, encouraged us to create the first Bike Holidays company in the world´s leading Island destination: Madeira.

Since then, our mission has been to develop a sustainable trail network around the whole Island where we’re able to share with our guests the most spectacular, remote and diverse locations, riding over 35km a day of different singletracks during a five-day dream bike holiday. After all these years we’re fortuned to have already worked with some of the most influential and charismatic people from the biking industry within projects of great success and guided many riders from all over the world where their feedback for our service and Madeira has been overwhelming! We can’t wait to show you what makes Madeira so special for Mountain Biking. Join us on your next ride!

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The Facts

Trans Madeira is an enduro mountain bike adventure that will get the best out of you, scheduled from 5th to 9th of June 2018. Five days of racing, more than 200km covered, more than 25 special stages, 100 riders. East to west, north to south, all four corners of Madeira in one unique event - by the way, that’s why our logo has four different kinds of mountains. You can expect to ride different kinds of terrains and explore unique singletracks in a bike camp adventure style race with no transition times but with cut-off times.

Trans Madeira 2018

The Race

There’s just one race package, 1490€, that includes everything you need from the moment you arrive in Madeira:

Six Nights Accommodation Five nights tent and one night in a hotel
Three Meals Per Day Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Airport Transfers Arrival and departure from FNC Airport
Race Insurance Hopefully no one will need to use this one
Media Content Access to daily media content produced during the event
All Logistics Baggage, bike box transportation and occasional shuttles
Event Swag Gifts from our sponsors and from the event
Prize Money The three fastest overall take money home

And More...

Custom number plate
Free Wifi in certain locations
Access to Feed Zones
Professional timing and course marking
Medical assistance during the event
Professional mechanics on location
Access to Snack and Drinks bar
One beer per day – right after you finish!
Access to charging area

Images for the photo story of the 2016 Madeira Enduro. All images Copyright Jacob Gibbins. Please contact me if you are interested in using an image for any reason.

Trans Madeira Routine

You will be riding in four different locations and racing in different kinds of terrain every single day. For a typical Trans Madeira, you can expect this kind of routine: wake up, reinforced breakfast, shuttle or pedal to the top, four to six stages, finish the day with a free beer at sea level altitude (except for two days). You'll have the chance to arrive at the Bike Camp, go for a swim, drink a beer, relax, have dinner with the gang, check results and prepare for a good night sleep. Repeat!

Images for the photo story of the 2016 Madeira Enduro. All images Copyright Jacob Gibbins. Please contact me if you are interested in using an image for any reason.


Registration opens on the 15th of December 2017 (GMT 10:00h) and closes when there are no more spots available or on the 31st January 2018. There’s no specific selection process, so the criteria is just be fast and secure a spot. After the registration process, you will receive an email with payment information. All entries must be paid after completing the registration process and form in 24 hours time. Your registration will not be secured without payment being processed and confirmed in that period of time. When the event is sold out there will be a registration process for a waiting list. For more information visit

Photos from Enduro Challenge 2016 organized by Freeride Madeira.

MENTIONS: @transmadeira


  • + 2
 I bet my trails are more boring ^^ unless you like it flat ????
  • + 2
 I was born in a the wrong place.
  • + 1
 tell me about it...
  • + 1
 gonna try to find a job there next year, or work there as an expat! This looks the dream

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