Cape to Cape is the most popular mountain bike stage race in Australia. It is so popular, that the four-day event has spawned two sister events on the east coast, with Port to Port in the Hunter region of NSW in May and now Reef to Reef offering a tropical escape in Tropical North Queensland in August.

Each year the variety of trails in Cape to Cape have increased, with more red dirt singletrack being added, especially around Margaret River. In 2018 we were the first riders through on new trail on stage 3 - and it was awesome!

So the event team have decided that the trails in and around Margaret River will be a fitting final stage in 2019. That means Middle Earth on Saturday, and singletrack worship at Margs on Sunday. Suits us!

Stage 1: Cape Leeuwin

This is a classic place to start Cape to Cape, even if the weather can be a bit... coastal. This stage has 40km of riding and starts and finishes in front of the lighthouse. There is 840m of climbing split mostly between the opening 10km and the final 10km, but it's the first two climbs that will tell you where you stand.

The first climb = fireworks. You might make a spectacular attack, or blow up spectacularly.

Expect sandy trails once off the first climb, as the descen rips through lightly used double track. It's a fast stage and you'll find yourself in a group.

But the benefit of being in a group is having someone to relive your ride with blow by blow at the finish. The pies at the cafe are highly recommended. Not cheap, but worth it.

Next up is Stage 2 in Boranup Forest!