Our course team has scoured the South West Region in search of the best trails to put your two tyres on, including endless days spent out riding trails (that must be so hard for them...) but they always come up with the goods, and 2023 will be no different.
Check out the 2022 course overview below for a high level view of what you can expect come October, and stay tuned for 2023 Stage Maps being released very soon!
Cape to Cape courses can only be ridden in their full format at event time. Locals heroes open up their gates and allow access to their private land for the C2C riders as the event benefits the community in so many ways. Please respect private property and make sure we are able to continue accessing these tracks by not pre-riding the course.
2022 Course Details
Stage 1 – Cape Leeuwin
START & FINISH: Cape Leeuwin
It’s the most iconic start line in Australian MTB Stage Racing – the roll out from Cape Leeuwin remains the grand depart of Cape to Cape for 2022!
With the lighthouse towering in the background, waves crashing against the cape and the hills looming – Stage One’s roll out is grandiose to say the least. 1300 riders will thunder up Skippy Rock Road in a peloton far cooler than any at the TDF, before dropping in to a mix of single trail, fire road and gravel punctuated by rolling hills and a few steep, sharp climbs.
Stage One is all about setting yourself up for the week, settling into the groove and finding your place in the pack. You’ll get the heart pumping over the climbs, but the views as you send it back down Skippy Rock Road towards the lighthouse and finish line will be all worthwhile!
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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 39km of great riding remember you’ll be back to savour that view with a well-earned post-ride feed and frothy.
Stage 2 – Boranup
START & FINISH: Mr Barval Wines
We’re bringing back a fan favourite for 2022 – the Boranup stage is back!
With the towering trees and snaking trails in Boranup forest, the highway to hell section with coastal views to die for, and a vineyard setting for your start and finish – we can definitely crown Stage 2 the Queen for 2022.
Boranup Forest underwent significant damage from fires in late 2021, but we’re happy to see it regenerating and our course team is getting to work developing trails for riders again. Add to that some of the finest wines in the region on tap at the finish line, and some gourmet food offerings to boot – you’ve got yourself a stage for the books!
We're also headed to a brand new winery venue at Mr Barval wines - another winery in the South West to tick off your list, for some quality post-ride beverages and relaxing scenes amongst the vines.
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It wouldn't be a trip to the South West without a visit to a winery, and Mr Barval Fine Wines is yet another one of the hundreds of wineries you'll find in the South West region - an area known for producing some of the best wine in Australia. Mr Barval means Margaret River Barolo Valtellina, two of the varieties produced at the vineyard. Be sure to sample some of their finest post-stage as you kick back between the vines after completing half of your Cape to Cape journey!
Stage 3 - Margaret River
START & FINISH: Limeburners and Giniversity in Margaret River
You loved it in 2021 and there’s no way we could leave it out of 2022 – the Margaret River stage on the epic flow trails of Compartment 10 and The Pines is back!
Rolling out of an old favourite venue for Stage 3 at the Limeburners and Giniversity at Margaret River, this Gin Distillery sits right next to the trail network, which means not many KMs stand between you and diving into the complex trail network the town is famous for. The lineup of trails ahead will have you flowing better than beer out of the keg, with berms, rollovers and machine smooth compacted trail beneath your tyres – think pure MTB heaven!
Once you’re almost single-trailed out, we’ll burn it back for a round of the region’s finest spirits or other cold beverages amongst the trees to celebrate just one stage remaining!
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Back at an old favourite, the distillery has hosted us before and will provide the start and finish line for your Stage 3 journey into the Margaret River Single Trail heaven. According to the onsite Giniversity - the area is one of 34 biodiversity hotspots in the world, with the local native botanicals giving distinctly local twists to their recipes. We're not sure exactly what that means, but we do know that it makes them extra tasty!
Located so close to the single-track that you can almost taste it, this is an epic spot to kick off your days riding before coming back to sample the local produce and kick back beneath the trees. Three down, one to go!
Stage 4 – Cape Naturaliste
START & FINISH: Wise Winery
After making a landmark return to Cape Naturaliste in 2021, we’re back again in 2022 with a few course tweaks to resolve the congestion issues and ensure maximum good times rolling this time around!
Heading out from Wise Winery again we’re headed for Meelup Beach where you’ll be tempted to stop in for a dip – but you’ll keep riding to hit the trails of Zone 6 and the Golf Course in Dunsborough. You’ll zig and zag your way through here until your heart’s content before the final section up to roll under the finish arch and mark yourself a Cape to Cape finisher!
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Wise Winery sits atop a ridge overlooking the stunning turquoise waters and white sandy beaches of Eagle Bay, Meelup Beach and Castle Bay, making it the only South West winery with ocean views.
Established back in 1992 by Ron and Sandra Wise, the venue sits nestled between the vines and the bush of the Meelup National Park - perfect for post-ride relaxation.
Just a stone's throw from Cape Naturaliste itself, it's highly recommended you head up to the iconic lighthouse post-stage to take in the beauty and majesty of the Cape and reflect on the past four days!
All courses are subject to change up until race morning briefing.
Cape to Cape 2022 welcomes handcyclists on all 4 stages of the event.
Our fantastic course team have created diversions to ensure the trails with limited space and log roll overs are taken out allowing you to have the best experience possible on your handcycle.
Handcycles will need to bear in mind that there are some water crossings that couldn’t be avoided. Your support rider will be vital to get you through them!
For more information, or to help you be as prepared as possible please contact email@example.com