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Cape to Cape 2014 Stage 3

4 Nov

This was the best stage of the event. At the start line at the Xanadu Winery near Margaret River all the talk was on the singletrack section known as the Pines and how much fun it would be.

The 57km stage started with an 8km neutralised section through the town of Margaret River where we were greeted by a large crowd of supporters before darting into the Pines section where we then tackled 16 km of sweet flowing singletrack at full race pace. All the trails had Star Wars themes so we tackled The Phantom Menace, Return of the Jedi and Jedi Uphill to name but a few.

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The Pines Singletrack from my Strava file

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Once through the singletrack section we progressed on a mixture of fire roads / roads and through some extremely smelly creeks to the finish line at Colonial Brewery. The weather on day 3 turned for the worse and the last 15km were completed in the rain. I also had my only mechanical of the race when one of the bolts from my cleat came loose and finally fell out. I completed the last 10KM with only once clipped in foot and it made the ride a little more difficult but I still managed to stay in roughly the same position at the finish line.

Colonial Brewery

Colonial Brewery

No visit to the Colonial Brewery would be complete without a beer so our post ride carb loading consisted of a few !

Cape to Cape 2014 Stage 2

2 Nov

Stage 2 started in Hamelin Bay and made its way back to Margaret River and the interestingly named Xanadu Winery 57km away. We made the drive down from Margaret River to the start line for an 8AM start. After a brief pause for a minutes silence to a local cyclist who was killed earlier in the week the race was on and it was fast and furious up the first climb of approximately 5km.

Once at the top we hit the first real man made singletrack of the event back down towards the beach but this time thankfully we turned before reaching the beach and started climbing away again. More downs and ups followed before with about 10km to go we popped out in to the vineyards of the area and finally the Xanadu Winery. I came in with a small group of about 10 riders in about 2hrs 40 minutes very tired and wondering how I was going to cope for the next 2 day.

Looking back now I can not really say I remember to much about the stage but we were half way through it!

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One of the great thing about the events is the support. Andy had a broken chain at the start line and this was fixed very quickly before he set off. At the end there is a team of masseurs, and for a small charge they can sort out your aches and pains. I made use of this service on day 2 for a sore back.

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Check out stage one report here >>