Day two of Cape to Cape MTB stage race departed the beautiful, shimmering coastlines of Hamelin Bay this morning and headed into the Karri forests for the first time.
Stage 2 was seriously fast-paced; with less climbing and more high-speed fireoad and singletrack, the pointy end of the field stretched their legs to knock off the 62km in just 2:20:39.
Brendan Johnston was the surprise winner in the elite men’s field. With the pace lines and large portion of fireroad of the second stage, his experience and time racing on the road recently made all the difference. The main elite men’s pack all rolled through together a couple of minutes back with no change to the overall top three standings.
Lachlan Norris still holds the lead, but by less than 30 seconds after Andy Blair scored a minute time bonus in the Redbull Sundown Showdown event this evening.
Jenny Fay continued to stamp her dominance on the women’s race. She now stands a full six-minutes ahead of second place. Jodie Willet grabbed second while Jenni King lost a lot of time today, just not feeling it.
Tomorrow is the Margaret River ‘super stage’, a singletrack bonanza through the pine and native forests around the Margaret River township.