Have Your Cake and Eat It!
Mountain Biking UK|April 2017

Why a holiday island in the Atlantic may just be the next MTB hotspot.

Madeira is a name that’s been popping up in mountain biking circles a lot recently, and it’s hosting its first Enduro World Series race this year. But why is an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean that was previously best known for its fortified wine (and the cake us Brits used to like to eat it with) suddenly the in place to go riding?

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