New for­mat draws record field of rid­ers

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport - Rid­ers in the fi­nal stage at Mar­garet River.

Cape to Cape MTB cel­e­brated its 10th an­niver­sary last week­end, with a record 1800 rid­ers tak­ing to the trails across the re­gion.

Rid­ers started and fin­ished the first leg of the event at Xanadu Win­ery on Thurs­day last week be­fore tak­ing on looped stages at Leeuwin Es­tate, Colo­nial Brew­ery and the Mar­garet River town cen­tre.

Sa­mara Shep­pard de­fended her cham­pi­onship ti­tle, fin­ish­ing first in all four stages to take the over­all gen­eral clas­si­fi­ca­tion ti­tle.

Run­ner-up Peta Mul­lens was closely be­hind Shep­pard for most of the four-day race, and re­ceived a time credit from Fri­day’s Fat Tyre Crit win but she could not take the lead.

Swiss rider Re­nata Bucher fin­ished in third place and Bri­ony Mat­tocks came in fourth over­all.

Bren­dan John­ston proved he was a force to be reck­oned with in the men’s elite field.

John­ston was awarded the James Wil­liamson medal and first place in the over­all gen­eral clas­si­fi­ca­tion, closely tailed by run­ner-up Tas­man Nankervis.

Race di­rec­tor Ja­son Dover said the event was a great suc­cess, de­spite this year’s break from the point-to-point for­mat.

“We had great feed­back from rid­ers even though we changed it up a bit this year,” he said.

“I think each stage was a high­light in its own right.

“The start line at the fourth stage in Mar­garet River was great and it was quite spec­tac­u­lar to see spec­ta­tors lin­ing the streets.”

Pic­ture: Travis Deane

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