Race unique Ocean Lava Triathlon and Discover why Madeira island is awarded as gold again – World’s & Europe Leading Island Destination in 2017
An adventure, a warm heart and infinite ocean views. Memories of picturesque villages full of flowers, huge cliffs, wild tropical flowers and waterfalls emerging from every angle come to each triathlete’s mind when they think about Madeira island.
A mix between Atlantic and Mediterranean, tradition and innovation. A cosy remote island that lives up to everyone’s expectations but that it is usually underrated and forgotten. Madeira island is fondly called the “Pearl of the Atlantic” and also “the floating garden” because of the beautiful landscape and breathtaking scenery.
For the third year in a row, the World Travel Awards has recognized Madeira Islands as the World’s Leading Island Destination of 2017. Competing alongside with other emblematic and exotic island destinations, Madeira again collected the annual award that recognizes excellence in the stand-out tourism brands and locations around the world, distinguishing itself as the best island tourist destination on the globe since 2015.
Scheduled to be held on Sunday 25 March 2017, the early season event is situated on the east coast of Madeira island in the Machico, second biggest city which has a great historical significance in the history of Madeira.
“Showcasing Madeira island born out by ‘Ocean Lava’ activity with new race location, where in calm waters in 1419 João Gonçalves Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira disembarked on the beach of Machico (beginning the era of Portuguese discoveries) as Ocean Lava triathlon destination and joining forces with the Madeira Regional Triathlon Association and Madeira Tourism Board is perfect test for mark of the start of the celebrations of the 600th anniversary of Madeira island, well – known as the Pearl of the Atlantic and the homeland of the Cristiano Ronaldo,” said Kenneth Gasque, founder of the Ocean Lava Planet triathlon race series. He continued: “Victor and his passionate team doing a fantastic job helping us building authentic Ocean Lava brand image in volcanic Madeira island, but I’m more happy to see how growing community in Madeira is passionate about triathlon!”
“After 2 years of Ocean Lava Madeira in civil parish Caniçal and in the surroundings of the Quinta do Lorde Resort, Hotel & Marina, we have decided to change the location of event to give our athletes and spectators a new and special race experience put them right in touch with the authentic Madeira. Machico is a quiet setting – but full of colour, culture and history. The old church and forts are well worth a visit – and are excellent places to sit back and take in the wonders of old and new Madeira identity and culture”, said Ocean Lava Madeira Race Director, Victor Hugo Gomes Rodrigues.
Ocean Lava Madeira 2018 teaser video – link: https://vimeo.com/250421602
Ocean Lava Madeira 2017 is offering three distances with the main half distance race, alongside an Olympic distance race and sprint distance event. The Ocean Lava Madeira middle distance (1.9km; 90.7km; 18.4km). There are also olympic distance (1.5 km; 37.9km; 9.4 km), and sprint distance (750m; 20.3km; 4.9km).
The event’s new venue is along The Banda d’Além beach, in the bay of Machico (about 125 meters long and 70 meters wide) which is distinguished for its yellow sand, imported from Morocco and only 20 minutes from the capital – Funchal – and 10 minutes from Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport. This beautiful, sweeping crescent-shaped bay is one of the few sandy beaches on the island.
Ocean Lava Azores Islands will feature a 1.9K (1.2 mile) swim in the Atlantic Ocean with 2 loops, then athletes will embark cycling circuit of total 90,7 km – 5 laps of 17,6 Km with 315m elevation in each lap (total elevation of 1575m), having an initial and final connection of 1350m each (20m positive slope). Athletes will be ‘pushing themselves to their limits’ cycling in the local highway (Machico – Caniçal direction), in a route between Machico’s swimming pool and roundabout after a Prainha beach in Caniçal. It is said that its name comes from the existence of a plant whose name is caniço (reed) or carriço (sedge). Caniçal is situated on the widest part of a peninsula in the far east of the island of Madeira, between Machico and the nature reserve of Ponta de São Lourenço. It is the parish in Madeira with the longest coastline with numerous boulders and cliffs that overlook the sea, as well as many pebbles both on the north and south coast, enjoying magnificent trails and sea views. Then driving back from Caniçal to transition in Machico (next to swimming pool) cycling course come to the end. The run course of 18.4km involves 4 laps through the Machico town with an initial connection of 500m where athletes would run to the Forum Square, and from where would start run laps having a fixed course between the Machico promenade and the roundabout near Machico stadium, passing through the ‘murinho’, an iconographic zone of the Machico. At the end of the 4th round, the athletes would run are to the finish line located in Praça do Fórum. Fórum de Machico plays a fundamental role in the local culture, being an aggregating pole of the local community. The building consists of auditorium with a capacity of 283 seats, 2 movie theaters, conference rooms, library, restaurant, shopping areas and parking.
The bay of Machico invites triathletes amidst the amazing view over sea and land. To the east of the Machico valley is the Pico de Facho Belvedere from where is possible admire the panoramic views from the peaks of the central area of the island up to the Ponta de São Lourenço. The Pico do Facho Viewpoint is located north of Machico, before reaching the tunnel of Caniçal, along a path that leads up to the top of Pico do Facho. Historically, this was the place where huge bonfires were lit in order to alert the population of approaching enemy ships.
The Ocean Lava Planet triathlon series has forged a collaboration with the Madeira Regional Triathlon Association (Associação Regional de Triatlo da Madeira), Triathlon Federation of Portugal, world’s gold best island award holder – Madeira Tourism Board (Direção Regional do Turismo da Madeira), Machico Municipality (Concelho do Machico) and Dom Pedro Hotels Madeira.
The Dom Pedro story dates back to the middle of last century when an Italian tourist, Pietro Saviotti, arrived to Madeira Island and fell in love with the beautiful bay of Machico. The Group Dom Pedro Hotels & Golf Collection has 8 hotels all located in strategic places, seven hotels and resorts located in Portugal and Madeira Island and one resort in Brazil. The Dom Pedro Ocean Beach Madeira hotel is a 4-star triathlon-friendly hotel in Madeira, located at the heart of Machico Bay, only 50 metres from Madeira’s white sandy beach with a stunning view of the ocean, Ilhas Desertas and Ponta de São Lourenço. “What a pleasure it is for our beautiful island to host the Ocean Lava Madeira Island Triathlon. Dom Pedro Madeira is a calm and elegant ocean beach hotel whilst Machico is the place to feel the real Madeira; a town away from the tourist track, nice and quiet with a historic waterfront and spectacular promenade by its beach. We are very happy to welcome all athletes looking into taking part on this event, and hope that you take the opportunity enjoy the unique and breathtaking views our island has to offer, said Carla de Sousa, general manager of the Dom Pedro Hotels Madeira.
“Our key focus is try to connect more personally with the athletes, all of whom will be welcomed by the stunning coastline landscape and sincere Madeiran hospitality from the local population, and entice them to stay and explore all that Madeira has to offer as already proven the best world’s island travel destination. Madeira is the perfect destination for those who want to combine racing triathlon and relax, ‘switch off’ from the world and take a break from routine. It’s adventure and peace at the same time, providing unique low-cost early season island race destination in the European triathlon calendar,’’said Jurica Cvjetko, Ocean Lava Planet Marketing Manager
Additionaly, Machico boasts a vast selection of long-established family restaurants, traditionally Madeiran style cafes and vibrant bars. It’s no surprise that a large part of the island’s cuisine is based around seafood given its fishing tradition, and there are many restaurants in the area that serve up a selection of locally-sourced seafood.
The island put emphasis on the quality of their hospitality service, eco-tourism and natural landscapes, making it a dream destination for the real nature lovers.
Athletes have benefit of free transfer booked in advance through reservations via official event’s website from Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport to Hotel Dom Pedro Madeira with return back to the airport after the different competitions.
Dom Pedro Hotel Madeira have launched a promocional package for every triathlete, team member or family member, who want to stay just a step from the event center. Ocean Lava Madeira 2018 have also prize pool for the best participants.
The registrations are already in progress in the official website: www.oceanlavamadeira.com
Registration fees for half distance from January 1st until March 19th:
Licensed female athletes – 50€ ; Licensed male athletes – 100€
Relay race (licensed & non licensed) – 120€
For non licensed athletes there is additional fee of 5€