Triple crown for ACT ath­lete

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport - Therese Col­man

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.

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