Come ride with us one of the most amazing places on the planet. During 7 days, of which we will ride 5 whole days on only the best trails that this Portuguese island west of the African coast provides. Jungle-like wilderness that can change completely depending on the part of the island you’re currently riding. Views of the surrounding mountains with very frequent inversions, which cover the lower areas in clouds, which adds to the beautiful character of the island. We will visit some of the highest mountains on the island to provide the very best vistas you can experience.
What makes Madeira special is that every part of the island is different and Madeira is often described as combining the nature of 5 continents in one. The nature is full of forrests, lash bushy vegatation, eucalyptus and pine yards down to the Laurisilva Forest of Madeira, a world Heritage Site by UNESCO, which is considered to be 90% primordial forest. When you watched Jurassic Park, this is where most of it has been shot. Many trails lead along beautiful, but often exposed ridges, where the heart really starts beating fast. Soft soil, which forms an ideal ground for bike trails, on which you feel as if they were freshly dug just yesterday. Many of the best Trans Madeira and EWS trails will be served on a platter to us.
The weather here is unpredictable thanks to the Atlantic Ocean and that’s why we chose June as the three summer months promise the best weather. We will be accompanied by people from the Freeride Madeira team, who will show us how to best experience the island, always depending on where the best conditions will be in terms of weather and trails will be. Of course, we are not going to the epic Trans Madeira Enduro race, that happens every year and is very demanding in terms of pedalling. If you want to learn more about where we will ride, see the itinerary tab for details.
The guys from Freeride Madiera will be shuttling us to the trails during the entire trip and therefore we will not have to pedal much at all. Even so, please to take into account that we will have to climb a few hundred meters per day, although with about 35 km and 2000+ verticals down its really negligable. On the trip, in addition to the local guide and driver, there will as always be a delegate from our team who will make sure that everyone enjoys the ride and does not have to deal with anything else aside of having a great holiday.
Since it didn’t work out for us to leave the purchase of the tickets to the participants, we will be buying the tickets for the group ourselves this time. Not only is it cheaper than buying it yourself, but we can also best synchronise it so that the group flies together, as well as transfers to and from the airport are also in sync. This will also prevent the flights from being sold out or the price of the ticket skyrocketing and preventing participants from joining, as it happened already. Therefore, by the middle of March, we will determine the date for which we will need all the data from the participants and, ideally, advance payments for the plane ticket and the trip itself. We will then purchase and distribute the tickets.
As the weather in Madeira is quite tricky the local guides prefer not to set up itineraries ahead of time as even the weather forecast cannot be trusted more than a few hours ahead. The good thing is that the island is quite small and in 30 minutes we can get to a dry or drier area. Instead of the itinerary we will describe the individual parts of the island where we want to ride during the 5 days. Also we will most probably add some more trails or areas depending on the weather, and recommendations of the guides. Btw. if you have any dream trail you wouldn’t want to miss out on let us know and we will make it happen.
South west of the island
We will start our ride at about 1500m South of the Paul de Serra towards Prazeres riding along the South edge of the highest Plateau on the island. With deep valleys on the background and a beautiful viewpoint as well as a massive ancient sheepfold. Half way to Prazeres in the area of Calheta, where we will be ending, flowy descends thru single tracks and ridges will boost the adrenaline of the riders until the end of the ride. You can expect a 25 kilometre riding day with optional shuttles if we feel like it.
From another direction we will start from the North edge of the Plateau of Paul da Serra again in a similar height where you will be able to enjoy a breath taking view of the central massive and other the wonderful Valley of São Vicente while cruising on the single-tracks that connect with the sunset hills of Prazeres and finally descend down thru and ancient footpath to Paul do Mar. Again more or less 25 kilometres with added shuttles if we want to push riding to the limit and extend the distance ridden.
Starting from Fonte do Bispo at 1400 metres gentle slopes with manmade trails will provide a fast and flowy ride on blasting single tracks and ridges, always with the Ocean on the background. Ending at the Ponta do Pargo sea cliff at the far West point of the Island where the Ocean disappears on the horizon and a 140m waterfall complements the scenery. We will ride around 30 kilometres and depending on the time and energy levels can decide what to do next.
Another trail day starts at Fanal at about 1200 metres towards the Ribeira da Janela. Here we will enjoy some of the most flowy trails on the island that will lead us down the longest valley of the Island “Ribeira da janela” passing thru the indigenous sub-tropical humid forest and magical place called Fanal with Centenary trees called Stink Laurels can be found as well as two beautiful Lagoons. Here we will do about 20 kilometres and can add another optional shuttle down from the Platue to São Vicente.
South East/North East
In the south one of the longest rides can be enjoyed with over 1800 height meters down to the very bottom. We will kick the pedals as Pico do Arieiro and finish up in Machico after some 50 kilometres. The great variety of terrain and trails will impress even the most experience rider, covering the most beautiful landscapes of the Eastern part of the Island. We will also go along beautiful Cedar and Pine yards as well as the world renowned Laurisilva Forest.
As Madeira is considered to be the very best what Enduro racing can offer, you have to expect quite demanding tracks that are ideal for upper intermediate to advanced riders used to riding long trails of red to black difficulty full of natural obstacles like rock gardens, narrow single tracks, steep chutes as well as many man-made obstacles like the world famous Madeira loose berms. On top of that doing about 25-35 kilometers downhill, even with resting in the shuttle between the rides is ideal for riders used to doing loads of riding. Of course you can always skip a ride or even a full day if you need to recharge your batteries, but keep this in mind. Also since the weather in Madeira has many surprises to offer, it is likely that we will encounter a rainy day or two. Famous Madeira Ice is also a thing, which even though not being real ice, is a film of moisture covering stones and the ground itself making it extremely slippery it times. Our guides will however try to choose the driest areas on the given day to ensure we enjoy the best the island offers at the time. Depending on the group level of technique, preferences, state of the trails and weather we will shape the itinerary as we go.
What is included in the price of the trip:
- 7-day bike trip for a maximum of 8 riders
- lead by local guides with a Traildeer delegate at the end
- 6 nights accommodation in standard bike-friendly apartments
- 5 days of riding in Madeira from east to west, north to south
- airport transfer to and from accommodation in Funchal
- safety and bike check at the beginning of the stay
- certified MTB guide to lead the way and create itinerary
- trail briefing before each trail about what lies ahead
- Europe-wide MTB insurance in case of emergency
- service equipment and know-how in case of failure
- first aid kit and first aid in case of emergency
What is NOT included in the price of the trip:
- bike – you have to bring your own or rent one
- flight tickets
- food and drinks
- cost of additional activities
- personal travel & sports insurance
Mandatory gear (you can’t ride with us without it):
Full-face helmet or Enduro/XC helmet (ideally both)
Helmet Light (in case of night ride)
Spare brake pads
Recommended gear (up to you, but highly recommended):
Convertible helmet with chin guard
Bike & Helmet Light (in case of night ride)
There are multiple bike shops here so most things can be bought or repaired also on-site, just make sure if you have something specific for your bike, that is not readily available in bike shops to take it with you. We will do our best to get any issues fixed ASAP so you can continue your ride.
We will specify accommodation closer to the date. However it will be 2-3 person rooms in an apartment or bed & breakfast on a standard comfort level, so that we get a good nights sleep, a hot shower and have space to put our things to dry. Our bikes will be stored safely for the night.
In case we need to cancel the trip for any reason we will refund the whole fee in full. We’re fully insured and financially covered so whatever happens, if we need to cancel a trip from our end, you will receive your money back.
Rider cancels long trip (4-7 days)
Please contact as ASAP in case you need to cancel the trip for any reason. The following terms apply:
- up to 2 weeks before 80% of your fee is refunded, we keep the reservation fee to cover costs.
- up to 1 week before 50% of your fee is refunded to cover the costs of a vacant seat and potentially not finding a replacement.
- less then a week before a trip we cannot refund any fees, as we already have costs with accommodation, guides etc. and we will not be able to find a replacement.
We will try our best to find a replacement and try to refund the most we can if you have to cancel, but please keep the above conditions in mind if we do not succeed.