Cape to Cape Western Australia
Australia’s largest, longest running and most popular four day MTB stage race held in Western Australia.
Ride the trails of South West WA
Over 1600 riders will hit the trails for the Cape to Cape Mountain Bike event, held over four action-packed days during October in the magnificent South West of Western Australia. This event engages the community, showcasing the fabulous countryside. Cape to Cape is “a ride not a race” but even the most social riders can’t help but get caught up in the rivalries that four days of stage racing brings out in friends and strangers alike. Many riders return to catch up with those they’ve met and ridden with over the past 10 years that the race has been held. Sharing stories and a beer after each day’s race is as much a part of the experience as time spent in the saddle.
Trails do not require a high level of technical ability and comprehensive trail marking ensure that navigation skills are not required and the only riders that have ever been lost turned up ‘stuck’ at a local winery soon after. With multiple check ins and water points included, riders are well looked after. Each day’s racing finishes at the event village with local hospitality on offer. Every stage is unique and will be super enjoyable with the final day starting and finishing at the renowned Magaret River Distillery, the perfect place to celebrate achieving something truly epic!
It’s a four day event but don’t let that put you off. This is not a slog-fest! Organisers have scouted fun trails with loads of variety each day and achievable distances (37km min, 72km max). The perfect balance of enjoyable time on the bike and enjoyable time sipping beer.
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Our team will be happy to assist you in planning your trip to the South West of Western Australia this October, whether that be just for the race itself or combining it with a holiday!
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Beautiful Margaret River
The Margaret River region in Western Australia’s South West is the place for indulging many passions. It’s the only wine region in Australia where you can hop from award-winning wineries and restaurants to stunning beaches, tall-timber forests, world-class surf breaks and ancient caves.
Producing more than 25 percent of Australia’s premium wine, the tastings are top notch. And besides over 150 wineries, you’ll be spoilt for choice with many fine restaurants, breweries and fresh produce available from Busselton in the north to Augusta in the south. Some of our favs include Margaret River Distilling Co, Colonial Brewery, Leeuwin Estate & The Common Bistro.
Be sure to sample the region’s divine cheeses, famous wines, delicious chocolate and quality coffee on your Margaret River travels.
Stage 1 – Cape Leeuwin
It’s one of the most spectacular start lines in Australian mountain biking and it’s back again as the start and finish location for Stage 1 of the 2019 Cape to Cape… the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. A more impressive venue you cannot imagine as the spectacular coastline is only overshadowed by the imposing ridge that extends to the north from Cape Leeuwin.
A mass start will see you will roll out from the lighthouse and up Skippy Rock Road before dropping down into the bush on the western side of Augusta. The infamous Heartbreak Hill reminds you why you’re there, before coming out of the Telstra Tower tracks onto Hillview Road and heading straight for the coast.
Returning riders will recognise the course but also discover a couple of extra sections of single track.
At 40km in distance and 840 meters gained it’s a fast and furious stage with a challenging mix of pinchy climbs, fast descents and breathtaking views that’ll give you plenty to talk about and the perfect selfie backdrop for your first Instagram bragging post.
Pros will complete stage 1 in under 2 hours. Our last riders to cross the finish line at stage one will do so in around 4 to 5 hours – but only because they slowed down to appreciate the incredible scenery.
As riders cross the finishline they will be seeded into wave starts for the following stages in order to maximise safety and minimise congestion throughout the rest of the race.
Each stage will have at least 2 spectator points that will be the best spots on course to cheer on your mates. Spectator maps coming soon.
Start and Finish
Still saving lives from dusk to dawn, Cape Leeuwin lighthouse is the stunning start and finish line of Stage 1. Dripping with history and stories of tragedy and daring rescue it will get you in the mood for an epic 4 days of riding.
Perched on Australia’s most south westerly tip, it will be hard to peel your eyes away from the breathtaking views across the rugged coastline and treacherous ocean. As you head out for 40km of great riding remember you’ll be back to savour that view with a well-earned post ride frothy top.
Stage 2 – Boranup Forest
Just a short trip up the road from Margaret River, Stage 2 will start and finish at the picturesque Leeuwin Estate. The perfect host for some riding and relaxing.
Riders will start amongst the vines, and heads south along back roads and the old rail trail before hitting the spectacular Boranup Forest. Sweet flowing single trail will greet the riders for the next 20km through one of the most beautiful locations in the south-west. The course takes maximum advantage of the amazing trail network that snakes through Boranup Forest and includes names that you will not soon forget; Emu Drive, Tunnel Run, 3 Rocks, Lord of The Rings, The Quarry, and finally… Highway to Hell.
Time for something new … after the thrilling descent down the Highway to Hell to the coastline at Contos, instead of the old leg-burning, lung-busting climb out, this year you’ll head back into Boranup to the north via Point Road, connecting the course through to some old (but still epic) trails at the back of Jarrahdene.
Get ready for some hectic water crossings before you make it back to the finish line at Leeuwin Estate where you can unclip and enjoy some world-class vino and a wide selection of local food and craft beer. It’s your happy place for an afternoon of relaxation, reflection and storytelling.
At approximately 72kms in total distance with 620 meters gained, stage 2 is the longest stage but one of the fastest and is super-fun, with plenty of sweet, flowing single track and endless coastal views.
The front end of the field will take around 2.5 hours, and with all the riches on offer at the finish line, we don’t expect many on course beyond the 5.5 hours mark.
Start and Finish
In 1972, legendary Napa Valley winemaker, Robert Mondavi, identified the future site of the Leeuwin vineyard as being ideal for the production of premium wine. With Robert as their mentor, Denis and Tricia Horgan transformed their cattle farm into one Margaret River’s five founding wineries, Leeuwin Estate. Still family owned Leeuwin Estate has a crop of skilled winemakers and consistently produce wines ranking alongside the world’s finest.
Top wines meet top riding with Stage 2 of the Cape to Cape starting and finishing at the beautiful estate. You’ll be grinning like a kid as you pedal back though the rows of grapes towards the finish line and an afternoon of great food, stories and vinos.
Stage 3 – Cowaramup
When you rock up to the stage 3 start line you may be tempted settle in for the day. One of the region’s best craft breweries, on acres of beautiful land, and just outside Margaret River… welcome to Colonial.
To make sure you climb back on the bike – we’ll be sending you out to ride the famous and fabulous trails of middle earth.
Backroads and forest trails take riders to Coawarmup and Middle Earth. With a combination of tight twisty sections, creek runs, a few bumps and a some technical rock gardens it’s no mystery as to why these trails are much loved. Our course team delights each year in surprising riders with a new fun course from the endless labyrinth of singletrack; Bilbo Baggins, Gaylords Leap, Mordor, Rivendell, Fun Park and Fangorn Forest – it’s a tasty combination of dirt and not an orc in sight.
Once your wheels are pointed to the finish line, it’s a fast ride on the backroads and forest trails … but before you get to your finish line frothy tops, you’ll face your final challenge. A couple of super-fun water crossings between you and the finish line. Nobody knows how deep the second crossing might be (we’ll have divers on stand-by) but once safely negotiated, you’re only a short burst away from the famous finish at Colonial and icy cold brew (or two).
Chill on lawn and celebrate … three stages down, with just one absolute ripper to come.
Stage 3 comes in at around 56km with 540m gained during a strong test of mind, body and bike. The show ponies out front will be back in about 2.5 hours – race rules state that you are not allowed a celebratory drink until the final rider arrives, which should take around 4.5 hours … (we are kidding).
Start and Finish
Uncomplicated. That’s life in Margaret River. And that’s the philosophy behind the Colonial Brewing Company.
One of the first breweries to open on Western Australia’s wild coastline, the Colonial Brewing Co tapped its first keg in 2004. It was the first step in an incredible journey, and guided by some of Australia’s most talented and passionate brewers.
They do things uncomplicated. That’s why their hand-crafted beer actually tastes like beer should. It’s why their ciders use only cold-pressed Australian apples.
With it’s super laid back vibe Colonial Brewery is always a rider favourite. But then maybe that’s the excellent riding, food and brews.
Stage 4 – Margaret River
After 3 epic days of riding you might think it can’t get any better, but then there is the Margaret River Special Stage. Before we break out the bling – you’ll ride the sweetest single track in the south-west of WA.
In the bush at the edge of the town, the fabulous Margaret River Distilling Company is your start and finish line for your final day of Cape to Cape 2019. Major roadworks mean we skip the traditional rollout through town, but that just means you get into the trails faster. A couple of leg-busting climbs in the first 5km will break up the field ready for single track ahead.
Yeeewwws will ring though the trees as you hit the trails in The Pines, Compartment 10, Wharncliffe Mill and the Star Wars (Burnside) Loop – it reads like craft beer menu, but all the frothiness will be your own for this special experience! You’ll forget it’s a race as you ride on rails though these crankin’ trails. It’s a closed course which means that you’ll be off road for the whole stage before returning to the finish line back on Carters Road!
What won’t be closed is the Margaret River Distillery your final finish line destination. We can’t think of a better way to complete your Cape to Cape experience. All that remains is to collect your medal, your thoughts, your composure and celebrate conquering four big days of 2019 Cape to Cape. (TIP: You may want to book an extra night’s accommodation for Sunday, so you don’t leave the final day festivities early!)
On Cape to Cape stage 4, you’ll cover 37km, with 460m elevation gain… as well as gaining a much deeper appreciation of the G in G&T. The first riders will emerge from the goodness in under 2 hours – others will want to savour the mint riding – coming in after 4.5 hours.
Start and Finish
Margaret River Distilling Company is home to some of the region’s finest spirits, including its flagship brand Giniversity gin.
A relaxed and welcoming venue, Margaret River Distilling Company is the south west’s go-to for delicious gastro-pub cuisine and premium locally produced spirits.
It is the sister distillery to Great Southern Distilling Company, home of Limeburners whisky.
Nestled in the Aussie bush its chilled atmosphere is the perfect place to kick back, share stories and celebrate finishing 4 awesome days of riding.
The Cape to Cape has been designed for riders of all abilities that are looking to challenge themselves. As a result our objective is to keep all riders in the event for as long as it is possible but without compromising the safety of other riders or members of the event team.
The Race Manager will monitor the pace of each group with an expectation that all riders can maintain a minimum speed of 10 – 12 kmh so that they can complete the course within the allotted time limit. Failure to do so will mean that riders, at the discretion of the Race Director, can be diverted onto a shorter route to the finish.
The Cape to Cape uses an advanced electronic timing system that provides all competitors with an accurate race time based on when they cross that Start and Finish lines. The seat post sticker contains a low frequency chip so it is important that this is applied and maintained as per the instructions in your race pack and race guide.
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