Scheduled to be held on Sunday 25 March 2018, the early season Ocean Lava Madeira event is situated on the southeast coast of Madeira island in the municipality of Machico. Madeira is an autonomous region of Portugal, and is an archipelago comprising four islands off the northwest coast of Africa.
“Showcasing Madeira – an island born out by ‘Ocean Lava’ activity – with a new race location, builds Ocean Lava’s triathlon destination footprint,” said Kenneth Gasque, founder of the Ocean Lava Planet triathlon race series.
He continued, “Joining forces with the Madeira Regional Triathlon Association and Madeira Tourism Board is a perfect test to mark the start of the celebrations of the 600th anniversary of Madeira island, well-known as the Pearl of the Atlantic.
“After 2 years of Ocean Lava Madeira in 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 putting them right in touch with the authentic Madeira,” said Ocean Lava Madeira Race Director, Victor Hugo Gomes Rodrigues.
“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.”
Ocean Lava Madeira 2018 is offering three race distances: Ocean Lava Madeira middle distance (1.9km; 90.7km; 18.4km). There is also Olympic distance (1.5 km; 37.9km; 9.4 km), and sprint distance (750m; 20.3km; 4.9km). The new venue is along Banda d’Além beach, in the bay of Machico (about 125m long and 70m wide) which is distinguished by its yellow sand, imported from Morocco and only 20 minutes from the capital – Funchal – and 10 minutes from Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport.
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, Madeira Tourism Board (Direção Regional do Turismo da Madeira), Machico Municipality (Concelho do Machico) and Dom Pedro Hotels Madeira.
“What a pleasure it is for our beautiful island to host the Ocean Lava Madeira Island Triathlon,” said Carla de Sousa, General Manager of the Dom Pedro Hotels Madeira. “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 in this event, and hope that you take the opportunity enjoy the unique and breath-taking views our island has to offer.”
“Our key focus is 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,” added Jurica Cvjetko, Ocean Lava Planet Marketing Manager.
He continued, “Madeira is the perfect destination for those who want to combine racing triathlon and relaxation; ‘switch off’ from the world and take a break from routine. It’s a place of adventure and peace at the same time, providing a unique low-cost early season island race destination in the European triathlon calendar.”
Participating athletes can benefit from a free airport transfer, booked in advance through reservations via the official event website, from Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport to Hotel Dom Pedro Madeira.
Dom Pedro Hotel Madeira has also launched a promotional package for every triathlete, team member or family member, who want to stay close to the event centre.
Registration fees for half distance from 1 January until 19 March:
- Licensed female athletes – €50
- Licensed male athletes – €100
- Relay race (licensed & non licenced) – €120
- For non licensed athletes there is additional fee of €5