Cape race tradition lives on
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”.
For more information or to register, go to capetocapemtb.com.
The Cape to Cape mountain biking event returns next month.