A big party with awesome riding..
MadRon is a Hard Enduro Rally staged over four consecutive days. Hard Enduro is technical riding designed to test your skills and stamina over natural obstacles. With an average speed of less than 8 kph it’s a mash-up of trials riding, rally and determination.
Like other events of this type MadRon uses a GPS and a few hanging tapes to mark the 50-80 km route. The event centres upon the mountain village of Monchique on the south coast of Portugal, just north of Portimao and about one hour from Faro airport.
The name MadRon is derived from the locally distilled Aguardente de Medronhos which is a traditional fruit brandy obtained from the fruit of the Medronho bush that grows wild in the rural regions in which we ride.
Four guys met in Monchique through a mutual acquaintance way back in 2008, they became good friends and dreamt of their own event called Mad-Ron. It wasn’t until 2015 that the friends Julian Rapp, Tyron Brudvig, Danny Tuta and Max Allen took their first step with 15 paying riders. Although Tyron left shortly after the first event, MadRon now carves it’s own path from this simple format.
Over the years the event has grown steadily with hardcore patronage and in 2017 needed to move to the largest hotel just outside Monchique that offers the outstanding facilities now expected, with an audio visual meeting room, signing-on area, Robbo’s live lounge, secure, warm and well lit underground-parking, 2 x restaurants, 2 x bars, a shop, 2 x heated swimming pools, spa treatments and a gym. The Monchique Resort and Spa has 160 rooms so there’s room for growth.
The team has grown a fair bit and each year they all give their time for surprising little return to build the brand and reputation. In 2018 MadRon welcomed, for the first time, riders from Austria, Germany and the Netherlands.
MadRon’s tracks, it’s core value, heart and quality make it an authentic bucket list event. It’s now referred to in the same breath as the best events in Europe, but with cheap flights, inclusive transport and such a fantastic luxury boutique hotel it’s truly in a league of its own.