We Azoreans grow up with legends of Atlantis and Azores, many explaining the islands to be high mountains of the lost city. Also some scientists believed and developed theories about Atlantis location to be somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean near the Azorean islands.
True or not, we don't know, but it's part of our culture and honoring that culture we named our event after the great city.
TRANS Atlantis race is a 6 day stage by stage enduro race on 9 to 14 of September, 2020 across 5 different islands in the Azores archipelago, where the winner is the racer with less accumulative time in overall the timed stages of the week.
Transfers or Liaisons between stages will be done in a mix of road, fire roads, truck shuttle, singletrack hiking.
Riders will race against the clock on blind stages, trough a mix of technical, flowy single track, rocky ancient trails, downhill trails with features like drops, jumps, road gaps and many more.
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Total distance on a bike over the 6 days is about 250km in witch around 60km will be on timed stages.
Stage lenght vary from 7km to
Total descent is around 10 000m and climbing is around 1200m pedaling/pushing/hiking per day.
Day 0 (September 8th), riders during the day will have a short stage where they can test the bikes and the terrain.
Stages and Liaisons will be marked with visible signs and tape to show you the way.
A system of danger signs on the stages will be expalined to you on the racebook when you sign in.
Because to marshall all the course is impratical, self awareness is required at all times, adicionaly gps tracks and maps will be provided as well.
A sweep medical system will be used as well other safety systems.
SLEEP AND EAT
A mobile camp will be set on different location when necessary, a staff team will do it while you racing, they will set up in the next camp site and carry your bag as well.
Every rider will have a 3 man tent, a big air mattress and pillow for the duration of the race.
Because we believe a good meal is always very important, breakfast, lunches and dinners will be prepared by chefs of local restaurants and catering companies, cooking traditional Azorean cuisine.
We believe that enduro montain bike racing is a social event, fairplay and goodwill on the trail and trough all the event is expected.
For example assisting a fellow rider in need of medical aid or other, respecting the marshalls, race marking and fellow competitor is in the spirit of good karma of the event.
LEVEL OF FITNESS
Although the event is based on islands with short trails and short liaisons, shouldn't be taken lightly, a good amount of fitness is required to complete the event at race ritm, be able to pedal for hours on the bike and still be able to race the stages in a safe way.
Riders will have to start racing every day around 09:00, climb around 1200m and master the technical traps in the stages.
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March 1st 2020 00h00 AZOT
Available for 48 hours only
LIMITED TO 100 RIDERS
Basic Entry Package: 1550€
All access to our campsite and event tents
Individual 3 person tent and air mattress & pillow
Full logistics support for your tent and bags
All meals included (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and refuel tents
Full access to race briefings, maps, race book, GPS files
Full access to race course
Welcome party and goodbye party with open bar.
Shuttle from and to the Ponta Delgada airport
Ferry transportation between islands
Limited bike maintenance by a team of Monbike shop mechanics
Medical staff on trail and on camp
Race timing by SPORT_ident systems
Full access to washing station and tools
Access to massage tent
The organization reserves the right to cancel the event if a minimum of riders is not met.
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How to get there
The Azores Islands are a Portuguese archipelago of nine volcanic islands, 1500km of the Portuguese coast and between Newfoundland, right in the middle of the Atlantic north.
There are a number of airlines that flies directly to the Azores from North America and Europe with reasonable prices.
You should book your flight to Ponta Delgada Nordela airport , code name:PDL
Our weather is sub tropical, so our temperature doesn't have a big range, surf is big and so is whale watching on the sea or trying to swim with the wild dolphins in their natural habitat. We cook food in the volcano's hot streams.
We bath in hot springs iron rich pools or remote waterfalls.
We are a very religious people but our saints like to party, we brew our own beer, make our own gin, we grow pineapple and make lot of delicious licors.
We do have lot of cows, but is mainly for milk, for our delicious cheeses combined with azores wine.
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If you want to help us and build this amazing adventure contact us and tell us in which position you want to apply and why.
Keep in mind of early day starts and finishing at late hours. For your efforts transportation during the race, meals and accommodation will be provided by us.
You will be responsible for set up the course and cleaning it after the last rider, also you can be assign to other duties as an extra marshall on selected stages.
You will have the opportunity to ride most of the stages and enjoy the Azores beauty.
To perform this role a minimum level of intermediate+ biking skill is required, you be faced with some technical descends while carrying a lot of equipment, good amount of fitness, good navigation skills using basic maps and outdoor GPS.
Although you'll have a basic rescue first aid formation prior to the event, a first aid experience would be a plus.
An off bike role, you are to assist with camp duties like setting up the camp and decamping when we move camp sites, be assign to wash competitor bikes and other duties the camp staff may require.
You'll be able to watch the race on stages near camp and be involved with social atmosphere of the race.
You are a Medical Doctor and ride bikes? We have a spot for you, you'll be able to bike the event as a normal competitor but at the same time will be required to assist any injured rider that you come across with. You'll have to carry an advanced first aid kit with you and a good level of fitness and skill is demanded as you'll have to do the complete event.