The Cape to Cape MTB, Australia’s biggest multi-stage endurance race, kicks off this week with an amazing field of more than 1800 riders set for the challenge.
From humble beginnings, this year marks the 10th anniversary of the ultimate four-day endurance test, attracting riders of varying levels from across Australia and the world. Competing in the beautiful surrounds and iconic backdrop of South West, Western Australia, riders will gather from Thursday 19th October to Sunday 22nd October.
2017 sees the introduction of an exciting new course, with each stage highlighting the best set of trails through the south west capes region. All the trails riders have come to know and love will feature in this year’s course including Boranup, Middle Earth, The Pines and the all new Compartment 10.
We take a break from the point to point format and will start and finish each stage at the same location, with the exception of Stage 4 where riders will start in the Margaret River Town Centre and finish close-by at Margaret River Primary School. Stages 1 to 3 will be held at host venues Xanadu Winery, Leeuwin Estate and Colonial Brewery.
The Cape to Cape MTB is one of WA’s most successful home-grown events, first held in 2008 with a modest field of 120 participants. This year celebrating 10 years, the Cape to Cape MTB has become Australia’s largest multi-stage mountain bike race with more than 1800 riders registered. It has cemented itself as a permanent fixture on all mountain biking calendars across the world, attracting national and international elite riders, endurance and adventure sport athletes and regular riders up for the ultimate challenge.
We welcome back the 2016 Cape to Cape MTB winner, Tasman Nankervis, who was recently crowned the National MTB Champion after taking out the Men’s Under-23 Australian Championship in cross-country XCO. Last year’s overall Women’s Champion, Samara Sheppard is also keen to go back to back and take on the largest female elite field we have seen. Hailing from New Zealand, Samara is currently ranked 34 in the world.
Other notable riders to look out for this year include Sam Hill who was recently crowned World Champion in the World Enduro Series, Australian Olympians Rebecca Henderson and Dan McConnell who both lead successful campaigns at the MTB Worlds, coming in 20th and 9th respectively. Local 13-year-old Johann Scholte who came in 13th at the National Championships will compete in his maiden Cape to Cape, and finally event favourite 71-year-old Bruno Wicki who will ride for his 10th consecutive year.
Competitors are all in the running for the coveted James Williamson medal (Overall Winner) and a share in $17,000 prize money. $2000 will be awarded to the winner of each the Open Male and Open Female categories, with smaller cash prizes for 2nd to 5th in each category. The top three male and female Leading Junior Riders (under 21 and not on the podium) will take home $500, as will the male and female Stage Winners and Fat Tyre Crit Winners.
The 2017 Cape to Cape MTB event will produce a highlights documentary to be aired in Australia on SBS on Saturday 2nd December and distributed worldwide.