Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    Vines, vistas and velocipedes in SW race

    21/10/2015 7:30 AM
    • 1,200 riders to compete in four-day Cape to Cape MTB, starting October 22
    • Australasia's largest multi-stage endurance mountain bike race
    • Proudly supported by the State Government through Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions

    Hundreds of riders will push through four days and 220 kilometres of varied terrain and South-West scenery during Australasia's largest multi-stage endurance mountain bike race, the Cape to Cape MTB.


    Starting tomorrow (October 22), 1,200 recreational and elite riders will tackle a challenging track from Cape Leeuwin in Augusta to Dunsborough. Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the route featured a picturesque backdrop of surf, beaches, vineyards, national forests and farmland.


    "Split into four stages between 40km and 70km in distance, the event attracts national and international riders of all levels," Dr Hames said.


    "The Cape to Cape MTB is an example of a home-grown event that has matured and evolved its success over eight years to become a major drawcard on the mountain biking calendar.


    "Support for popular events like this is part of a broader strategy for tourism in Western Australia, which includes the Taste 2020 food and wine strategy launched last month."


    Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the event, proudly supported by the State Government through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program and Royalties for Regions, was part of a strategy to position WA as a recognised tourism destination.


    "Events like the Cape to Cape MTB create an atmosphere that adds to the vibrancy of regional communities and help stimulate the local business economy," Mr Redman said.


    "Royalties for Regions helps drive Tourism WA's Regional Events Program and other initiatives because they attract visitors, generate media exposure and help promote towns.


    "The fun of the events themselves, the tourism spend generated and the chance to promote what's on offer locally benefits residents and visitors alike."


    Fact File

    • Cape to Cape MTB takes place from October 22-25, 2015
    • Tourism generated $8.7 billion in visitor spend in 2014-15; the aim is to increase that to $12 billion by 2020
    • For more information, visit http://capetocapemtb.com
    • For more information on Royalties for Regions, visit Bigger Picture - Regions

    Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5300

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700