More thrills and spills on way in the Capes
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.