Racing The Planet – Madagascar 2014


Berghaus Athlete Philippe Gatta is heading out to Madagascar to compete in one of the wildest adventure races known to man kind.. Madagascar 2014 is an event set up by the folk at Racing The Planet and is part of the world renowned 4 deserts race series.


The event covers 250 kilometers / 155 miles, over 7 days and 6 stages. Philippe and his competitors will battle over a variety of terrain and scenery with many highlights along the way… Starting from the beaches of the Indian Ocean the course follows the coast along white sandy beaches, lush green rice paddies and across vast savannah. He can also expect to pass through many local Malagasy villages and farmlands to experience the local culture and everyday life.


The Race will most certainly be another huge and exciting adventure for Philippe and we wish him all the best out there.


Philippe Gatta competing in the Sahara Desert Race



Much of the course follows dust / dirt tracks which is a mixture of being soft and hard under foot. Other terrain you will encounter includes soft sandy beaches, grasslands, single track paths, dry river beds, dry rice padi fields, canyons and areas with vegetation and bushes.

There are some river crossings which could be above knee height.


The course for RacingThePlanet: Madagascar does not have a significant amount of elevation change. Total elevation gain: approximately 1000 meters / 3280 feet.



RacingThePlanet: Madagascar 2014 follows a similar format to our 4 Deserts events. Competitors should prepare for the following distances ‘approx’:


Stage 1              Day 1
40 km / 25 miles


Stage 2              Day 2
40 km / 25 miles


Stage 3              Day 3 
40 km / 25 miles


Stage 4              Day 4
40 km / 25 miles


Stage 5              Day 5/6
80 km / 50 miles


Stage 6              Day 7
10 km / 6 miles


Stage 5 is known as The Long March. This stage is planned to be approximately 80 kilometers / 50 miles, roughly double the length of the previous four stages. The stage follows much the same format as the previous ones: checkpoints are located about 10 kilometers / 6 miles apart; however there is a designated overnight checkpoint.

At the Overnight Checkpoint, there will usually be tents in which competitors can sleep as well as a campfire or stove where hot water is available for drinks and meals.