Triple crown for ACT athlete
Canberra’s Brendan Johnston has won the four-day Cape to Cape mountain biking event.
Johnston defended his 2017 title and became the first rider to win the Australian MTB Series Triple Crown, after also winning the Port to Port in NSW in May and Tropical North Queensland’s Reef to Reef in August.
“Winning the Triple Crown, going back to back at Cape to Cape and winning the final individual Cape to Cape before it moves to the exciting pairs format is really special,” he said.
NSW rider and Port to Port female winner Holly Harris won in the female division, crossing the finish line in 8hr. 36min. 0sec.
Harris defeated Renata Bucher and Peta Mullens to take the top place.
She said racing in the Cape to Cape was a “dream” and she was honoured to win three of the four stages and be placed first overall.
“It is nice to bookend my season with Port to Port and Cape to Cape wins,” she said.
“At the start of the year I wouldn’t have expected to have ever done that.”
Johnston said this year’s event was one of the toughest events he had ridden.
“I haven’t had an easy day in this year’s Cape to Cape,” he said.
Johnston crossed the line in a time of 7:37:51, just eight seconds ahead of Kyle Ward, who came in second place.
Perth’s Reece Tucknott placed third with a time of 7:40:36.
The Cape to Cape started at Cape Leeuwin on Thursday and ended at Colonial Brewing on Sunday, covering more than 200km.
The 2019 Cape to Cape MTB is from October 17-20 and registration is open now.