Surely you’ve heard about it, and this year we got invited to find out what it’s all about. You might think we were starting to tire of getting muddy and cleaning bikes but there was one last offer we couldn’t resist. We welcome the Cape to Cape to our calendar.
If there was one ‘epic’ mtb race we’ve heard all about but still yet to taste, this is it. It’s Australia’s largest four-day mountain bike stage race, held as the name suggests between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin, in that incredible part of Australia’s great south-west. Trust us, we’ve ridden it plenty but have always stuck to the tarmac. It’s exciting to get closer to nature and a little dirty during our next visit.
The Cape to Cape has all the hallmarks of an iconic race: picturesque scenery; well maintained trails, many on private land rarely accessible; National Parks; stunning beaches and stage finishes amongst the plentiful vineyards and breweries. The only thing we can wish for is the weather gods to be on our side, being held between 18-21 October is the best chance for spring cycling.
Riders will cover 200km over four days of racing with around 2,500 metres of climbing along the way – keeping things reasonably quick amongst plenty of interesting trails.
Stage 1 – Cape Leeuwin, 47km/915m, start/finish: Cape Leeuwin. A loop full of climbs, descents, and breathtaking views.
Stage 2 – Boranup Forest, 63km/575m, start/finish: Leeuwin Estate. Full of flowing single-track hugging the coast.
Stage 3 – Margaret River, 45km/560m, start/finish: Margaret River. A grand depart, closed roads, and a bucket list of local single-track.
Stage 4 – Cowaramup, 57km521m, start/finish: Colonial Brewery. Wild ostriches, Tolkien-inspired tracks, water crossings, and a brewery finish. Definitely fun-filled.
Cape to Cape entries are filling up fast, and with less than a month to go you better pack your bikes. See you there!
If you can’t make it, check back for our daily take on the day’s racing and amazing photos to hopefully do it justice.