CAPE TO CAPE MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE 2017
World class mountain bike trails, famous wineries, and breweries, delicious food and perfect weather for riding definitely put the Cape to Cape MTB event on the top of our list when we were planning our race calendar for 2017.
The Cape to Cape mountain bike race is a four day stage event for riders of all levels that winds itself through Western Australia’s stunning south west region. It has been running for the last nine years and traditionally starts at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and travels 220kms to Dunsborough at Cape Naturalist. This year, for the tenth anniversary, the organizers decided to make the event more family friendly and to use the favorite world class trails of the Pines, Boranup and Middle Earth forests more effectively. All of the starts were within a 5km radius of Margaret River town and started and finished at a different winery each day. The hardest decisions to make were how many glasses of wine or beer we should have after each stage so as not to affect the next days racing!
Seven intrepid ANZA mountain bikers made the trip down to Margaret River for the 2017 event, Chris Rawlings, Nick Richmond, Arran Pearson, Hilke Rode, Joergen Nailer, Shane Snijders and Marcin Szot. All regulars on the Thursday night and Saturday morning mountain bike rides in Singapore. As this years event was designed to be more family friendly with an event village and less travelling, most riders came with family as their support crew.
Started and finished at Xanadu winery with 55kms of trails around the 10 mile dam and into the world class Pines and Compartment 10 trails with huge burms, jumps and switchbacks. All of the ANZA team finished the stage with no crashes or mishaps other than Joergen suffering with cramps. The stage was an extra 8kms than advertised, which caused a few grumbles from other riders.
Started and finished at Leeuwin Estate winery with 63kms of trails in the Jarrahdine area, Boranup Forest, Highway to Hell and Caves road. This was the longest and hardest of the stages with lots of sandy tracks, which can make riding very difficult. Once again all of the ANZA team completed the stage with no major tumbles or mechanicals. Our race preparation had definitely paid off!
Started and finished at Colonial Brewery with 56kms of trails on fast fire roads up to Middle Earth. With trail names like Mirkwood, Helm’s Deep, Frodo, Eagles Nest, Bilbo Baggins, and Mordor. Almost 20kms along these amazing trails of jumps, burms and swithchbacks and lots of ‘Gotchya’ rocks to throw you into the bush. Again all of the ANZA team completed the stage but Joergen, Arran and Marcin took tumbles along the way. The full suspension bikes definitely paid off on this stage due to the big sections of rock gardens. At the finish line Joergen discovered his phone and sunk to the bottom of a ditch he took a tumble into, alas never to be found.
Started and finished in Margaret River town with a controlled roll out through the town center and then 50kms of trails through the world class Pines forest. Smashing through runs such as, Burnside loop, Princess Leia, and Return of the Jedi, by pumping and jumping all the way through. Next into Compartment 10, for more switchbacks and jumps, and finally swinging by Colonial Brewery and back to Margaret River town. Another awesome day for the ANZA crew who pushed hard through the pain and tired legs to all finish with strong times.
A special mention goes to Hilke Rode with a general classification finish place of 20 in the ladies and Arran Pearson for the most improved FGP training award. Well done to all of the ANZA MTB team who all placed in the top 600 out of 1600 riders. The team represented ANZA proudly and with great team spirit, plus some fun social events with the families and support crew. Well done all, a great effort!