- State Government through Tourism WA funds popular Cape to Cape MTB until 2020
- Recognised as one of the biggest mountain bike stage events in Asia-Pacific
- Expected to attract more than 1,200 competitors
The State Government, through Tourism Western Australia, has signed a three-year deal to fund one of the biggest mountain bike events in the Asia-Pacific region, the Cape to Cape MTB.
Held in the State's South-West, the popularity of the four-day mass participation event has significantly grown since its inception in 2008, from 100 riders to now attracting more than 1,200 intrastate, interstate and international competitors.
Catering to all different levels of experience and ability, the 220km course takes in extraordinary sights such as stunning beaches, tall-timber forests and world-class vineyards.
The event has successfully attracted high profile mountain bike riders including defending current Cape to Cape champion and three time national XCM champion Brendan Johnston, former Commonwealth Games rider and Cape to Cape champ Andrew Blair, current Australian Cross-Country Champion Cameron Ivory and two-time UCI World Downhill Champion Sam Hill. Former Olympic swimming gold medallist Susie O'Neill has also participated in the event.
The State Government is proud to support the Cape to Cape MTB through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program.
Tourism WA also ran a campaign to promote the 2018 event which included a TV ad on SBS, SBS on Demand and Facebook. To view the ad, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxNlmtC8zq4&t=5s
Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:
"The Cape to Cape MTB has successfully gained a reputation as one of the largest mountain bike events in the Asia-Pacific region.
"The event not only helps to attract visitors to the region, which provides a boost to the economy and supports local businesses, but it provides the perfect backdrop to showcase the stunning scenery of the South-West region with a highlights program shown around the world.
"Supporting mass-participation events which encourage more visitors to regional WA is one of the key objectives of the State Government's Two-Year Action Plan.
"Regional events are vital for tourism, which is a key pillar of the State Government's plan to diversify the economy, create jobs and develop business opportunities."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"Western Australia's regions are vital drivers of the State's economy and prosperity.
"Participants in the popular Cape to Cape MTB will experience the diverse natural attractions of the South-West, contribute to economies in regional communities and invigorate the South-West region."
Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200