Norris and Fay on top at Cape to Cape day 1

Words by Chris Southwood, Mick Ross | Images by Travis Deane

The fifth annual Cape to Cape MTB got underway today under sunny skies at Cape Leeuwin. The race has grown in size tremendously over the years, with over 1100 riders showing up to race the four day event through WA’s beautiful south west.

Whilst day one is the shortest at 41km, it is definitely known as the hardest and most decisive stage.

1100+ riders make their way from Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse to Hamelin Bay in stage one of the Cape to Cape MTB.

Men’s defending champ Andy Blair couldn’t hold the wheel of a storming Lachlan Norris (fresh off a huge win in the Tour of Tasmania road race) as he attacked on the very first climb and led the whole race.

Lachlan Norris puts down the hammer with an attack he has fine tuned on the road bike recently, within minutes of the start of day one.

Likewise in the women’s race, Jenni King lost time to first time Cape to Cape racer Jenny Fay. Fay is on the form of her career at the moment and looked comfortable all day.

Stage one finished off at the magnificent Hamelin Bay where the race will recommence for the 63km second stage.

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