Name one other place in the country where you can ride your mountain bike for a couple of hours through sky high karri forests, sweeping vistas of farmland and undiscovered stretches of uninhabited beach.
Did I mention you’ll finish your ride smack bang amongst rolling vineyards with your pick of world class wines, award winning restaurants and more craft breweries than you can shake a stick at? Michael ‘Brookesy’ Brookes has called Margaret River home for 21 years and agrees. “The Cape To Cape (C2C) is the ultimate mountain bike holiday. A trip to Margaret River is the best mountain biking destination Australia has to offer.”
And he would know. “The first C2C race started in 2008. They were marking courses behind my house in the bush near mammoth cave. Mountain biking is my life, so naturally I got talking to them and they invited me to the pub. Our friendship started that day and I’ve been a part of event team since. 2009 I actually rode my first C2C race – there weren’t many of us, just over 100 riders. I do a lot of the preparation of the trails; including the exploring and mapping of them. I’ve watched it grow to 200, 400, 800 riders…numbers are now at over 1400.”
The race itself is a four day, multi stage event. “It’s grown to become the biggest of its kind in the southern hemisphere, and with good reason. You ride 50-60km a day and can take anything from couple of hours to 5-6 hours. It’s doesn’t matter. You just have to get out there and have fun on your bike. The Cape to Cape is achievable for everybody. From a beginner right through to the fastest in Australia. The adventure on the bike in the morning becomes an adventure on a bike in the afternoon. It might be smashing pints with some of your mates, or sipping on a glass of chardonnay or eating some good food: we’ve got wonderful restaurants.”