Earlier this year Auscycling announced that the 2021 Australian Cross-Country Marathon (XCM) National Championships would be contested in Western Australia, within the Dwellingup 100 (D100) event on September 18, 2021. You might remember a similar announcement in early 2020, but while the D100 event ran, there was no national title contested for XCM in 2020 […]
Australian XCM Championships to Dwellingup, Western Australia for 2020
After the 2019 Cross-Country Marathon (XCM) Australian National Championships were postponed and moved from Townsville to Redlands and the Bayview Blast, many questions were left hanging over the 2020 venue and date. While The RATS MTB Club did a fantastic job hosting the Championships at Redlands, they did so without too much notice and there […]
Going long at Cape to Cape
At 72km, the second stage of the 2019 Cape to Cape would be one of the longest stages ever at the 4-day mountain bike race in Western Australia. Starting and finishing at Leeuwin Estate winery, the course would be less hilly than stage one, and likely to be super fast. But you may not have […]
Cape to Cape kicks off!
The Melbourne Cup is the race that stops the nation, but for mountain bikers with a penchant for endurance mountain biking, Cape to Cape is the bike race that grabs a lot of attention. With 1300 riders swamping Margaret River for the four days of racing, Cape to Cape sits head and shoulders above any […]
Always finish the stage race – Cape to Cape lessons.
If I’m honest, when I woke up this morning I really didn’t feel like racing the 4th and final stage of the 2018 Cape to Cape. This sounds a bit rubbish but there are a few excuses (I can’t call them reasons). It was raining again, I was tired, the ride to the start (this […]
Margaret River mystery tours at Cape to Cape
They always say that some races leave the best for last. I’m not sure that’s the case for Cape to Cape, and I think plenty of people would agree that they leave the best bits for Stage 3. This might sound controversial, but I think the trails in The Pines, and the new trails we […]
Going until you can’t at Cape to Cape
Yesterday was a surprise result for me at Cape to Cape. 23rd doesn’t sound like much to write home about, and I have finished better on the first stage at Cape to Cape in other years. But I also had different fitness those times. On stage one this year, I went in with very moderate […]
6 things you need to know about the Augusta Adventure Festival
The Augusta Adventure Festival is just weeks away. The popular multisport festival has always catered for mountain bikers in one way or another, be it a leg of an event, or having a team’s event where a mountain biker might do their thing for their team for the two-wheeled time on the trails. But now, […]
Southern Peaks a big success!
Last weekend saw the Southern Peaks race kickstart the Southern MTB Festival in Albany, Western Australia. The weather was unsure what it wanted to do on Saturday, but the riders who had ventured to Albany were not. Rain and sunshine greeted the Southern Peak riders with a diverse terrain as they embarked on the 37KM […]
How to prepare for Cape to Cape
Since its inception, the Cape to Cape MTB race in Western Australia has continued to grow in size and importance. From a humble beginning, the Cape to Cape MTB Race is now one of the biggest mountain bike stage races in the world, attracting over 1000 keen mountain bikers to the Margaret River region for […]