What an epic adventure.
Trans Madeira had so much appeal to me. A new island to explore, I love travelling, experiencing different cultures and what better way to explore a island than on your bike. The multi-day racing is also a new style of racing to me. Big distances every day for 5 days, this was the part that made me most nervous. Racing blind, one of my favourite things to do is riding trails blind, but racing is a whole other ball game. Trying to ride trails as fast as you feel comfortable, trying to process so much information at speed, taking risks or playing it safe, never knowing how hard to push as you never know how long the trails are. I loved it.
I was crazy nervous before heading out to Trans Madeira. The fear of the unknown, not knowing if I would actually be able to complete the event, nervous of the trails, not knowing what to take with me, the list goes on, but from the moment I touched down in Madeira I felt welcomed, meeting fellow racers in the airport, signing on, building our bikes, the event was so well organised, from day one everything ran super slick. The nerves were long gone the second my feet reached the sand for our first camp.