Cape race tra­di­tion lives on

Augusta Margaret River Times - - SPORT - MOUN­TAIN BIK­ING

Aus­trala­sia’s long­est-run­ning and big­gest moun­tain bik­ing mul­ti­stage en­durance race re­turns to the re­gion next month.

From Oc­to­ber 18-21, the 10th an­nual Cape to Cape will take rid­ers across the re­gion’s di­verse and stun­ning ter­rain.

“Cape to Cape al­lows rid­ers of all dif­fer­ent lev­els to ex­pe­ri­ence the South West first-hand and em­bod­ies the very essence of free­dom and sense of sat­is­fac­tion that moun­tain bik­ing brings,” race di­rec­tor Sally Hill said.

“It is about hav­ing a great time with mates while tack­ling chal­leng­ing climbs, the best sin­gle track in the State, and tak­ing in an in­cred­i­ble ar­ray of des­ti­na­tions and amaz­ing views.”

The orig­i­nal vi­sion in 2008 was to in­tro­duce a ma­jor event show­cas­ing the South West, chal­leng­ing rid­ers and en­gag­ing the com­mu­nity.

More than a decade later, the Cape to Cape dream lives on.

Ms Hill said the pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion of the early rid­ers laid the foun­da­tions of a fun event that had be­come a na­tional moun­tain bik­ing icon, em­braced by rid­ers from far and wide.

“From the out­set we saw Cape to Cape as more a ride not a race, but even the most so­cial rid­ers can’t help but get caught up in the ri­val­ries that four days of stage rac­ing brings out in friends and strangers alike,” she said.

“Many re­turn to catch up with those they’ve met and rid­den with in pre­vi­ous years.

“Shar­ing sto­ries and a beer after each day’s race is as much a part of the ex­pe­ri­ence as time spent in the sad­dle.”

The four stages are Cape Leeuwin, Bo­ranup For­est, Mar­garet River Spe­cial Stage and Cowaramup’s Mid­dle Earth.

Last month, the State Govern­ment, through Tourism WA’s re­gional events pro­gram, signed a three-year deal to fund the race.

Ms Hill said it was won­der­ful news and looked for­ward to “work­ing with Tourism WA, the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and rid­ers to con­tinue to build on the out­stand­ing tra­di­tion of this event, main­tain­ing the friendly, so­cial vibe that has be­come the event’s trade­mark”.

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Pic­ture: Flow Moun­tain Bike

The Cape to Cape moun­tain bik­ing event re­turns next month.

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