More thrills and spills on way in the Capes

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page -

Aus­trala­sia’s long­est-run­ning multi-stage en­durance moun­tain bik­ing race, the Cape-to-Cape, de­scended on the re­gion yes­ter­day. Hun­dreds will tackle the track’s tough ter­rain over four stages, fin­ish­ing on Sun­day.

For­mer pole-vault­ing world record holder Emma Ge­orge will com­pete in the Cape to Cape event this week­end.

With mul­ti­ple pole vault­ing world records be­tween 1995 and 2000, Ge­orge will use the four-day moun­tain bike race as an out­let for her new fit­ness in­ter­est, moun­tain bik­ing.

“Af­ter two lots of back surgery that forced me to re­tire from pole vault­ing, my body is not in very good shape and even now I have a bit of trou­ble with my back,” she said. “I find cy­cling is OK be­cause you don’t put a lot of pres­sure on the back.”

Ge­orge said she had de­cided to ride the Cape to Cape af­ter her chil­dren told her they be­lieved their for­mer Olympian mum was not up for the ride.

“My hus­band had done Cape to Cape and he said to the boys ‘do you reckon Mum could do it?’ and they said ‘no, that would be way too far for Mum’,” she said.

“I was like ‘are you se­ri­ous?’, and that’s how it started.

“I have done two so this will be my third.” Ge­orge said her aim was not to win but to keep fit and have fun.

“Where I sit in that mid­dle pack, I find it a re­ally nice group and you might see a few of the rid­ers again and they are not push­ing for wins or any­thing,” she said.

“It is just your chal­lenge for your­self and to do the best you can.”

The race starts at Cape Leeuwin and fin­ishes in Mar­garet River. Visit capeto­capemtb.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

Emma Ge­orge with hus­band Ash­ley Vin­cent.

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