Cape To Cape 2016 – Sundown Shootout: Top Guns Blazing Amongst the Pines
The Friday night party was in The Pines tonight! The Sundown Shootout went off like a Tarantino gunfight, bodies and bikes flying everywhere in front of a huge turnout and great atmosphere.
Generally, mountain bikes work best with two grips. During today’s Sundown Shootout, Kyle Ward decided to give the technical Paper Trail a crack with only just one, unsuccessfully.
The Sundown Shootout is an awesome event during the Cape to Cape that embraces the Margaret River region’s amazing singletrack only minutes from the town centre in a spectator friendly format. Rider came hurtling down the track at thirty second intervals, with the top pros and locals, a couple wild cards including five time downhill World Champ, Sam Hill.
The course, which featured a technical descent followed by a punchy switchback climb was built by local trail building company Common Ground, who are littering the Margaret River Pines with some of the best singletrack in the country.
There are rock gaps, deep berms, double jumps and multiple lines everywhere. It’s the type of track you could to 20 laps on and really get into the rhythm, bouncing across the features and laying off the brakes going super quick.
The most common question we heard throughout the event was if Paper Trail was in the race tomorrow! Unfortunately not folks, but it will be included in next year’s event- it’s great to see the race organisers are in tune with the wants of the riders and continuing to refine.
In the elite male racing, Cam Ivory continued his domination of this year’s Cape to Cape, taking the win over Australia’s best jack of all trades rider, Jonny Odams.
It was a similar story in the women’s event, with Peta Mullens continuing her clean sweep of the stages thusfar.
We couldn’t believe how pristine not just the Paper Trail, but all the trails in the pines were- it’s clear that the mixture of passionate local riders and professional trail development is working wonders for this region. Cam Ivory loved the event, asking ‘why aren’t there more trails like this at World Cups?’
Tomorrow, the race travels 57 kilometres from Xanadu Winery to Colonial Brewery. After three days of hard riding, we think the riders will make full use of the convenient finishing point.
It’s not just the riders that are excited however, we can’t wait! Be sure to check in tomorrow for more Cape to Cape goodness.