The Azores are a group of 9 volcanic islands with Azores MTB Marathon taking place on Sao Miguel which is the largest and most populated island. The geography of the island makes it a fantastic place for cycling and tourism. Away from the bustling seaside city of Ponta Delgada you’re quickly transported into a paradise created by volcanic activity. Scenery you’ll remember for many years is around each corner. The event actually races around the edge of a 3 mile wide volcanic crater high above the Sete Cidades lake.
The 2016 race attracted some top names to the start line including the then World Marathon Champion Tiago Ferreira, former World Marathon and XC Champion Gunn Rita Dahle Flesja, and the Centurion Vaude Team. The event moves into its third year as a UCI race has been working hard to increase participation levels and improve the course. A short prologue on Friday night is a great spectator event and good warm up for the main event on Sunday.