The 15th annual mountain biking spectacular — the Cape-to-Cape MTB — kicked off across the region yesterday and wraps with an official celebration on Sunday, October 22. Since starting in 2008, the competition has become a fixture on the national calendar for MTB enthusiasts and has brought steady attention and repeat visitors to Margaret River, Dunsborough and Yallingup. Managing director Geoff Meyer, of the Ironman Group, said all indicators pointed to this year’s event being one of the best yet. “It’s great to be able to celebrate the 15th anniversary of this iconic mountain biking event,” he said. “In four days they’ll cover more than 170km of riding, with the event providing a great opportunity to experience some of the best riding in the country, along with plenty of opportunities to spend time with mates before and after racing each day,” Meyer said. “It’s been great to see this event go from strength to strength over the years.” Racers started yesterday from Augusta’s Cape Leeuwin lighthouse as part of the circular, opening 39km stage. Today’s action will take in the scenic Boranup Forest, with a 53km stage culminating at Mr Barval Wines. Tomorrow, riders will undertake a 52km stretch to CBCo in Osmington, then concluding on Sunday with an epic race to Cape Naturaliste’s Wise Wines. City of Busselton outgoing Mayor Grant Henley welcomed the riders back as well. “We are very proud to again support Australia’s largest, longest-running and most popular four-day staged MTB endurance race,” Cr Henley said. “The Cape-to-Cape truly offers a spectacular way taking place from some of the WA’s most picturesque scenery, we look forward to sharing our warm hospitality, stunning beaches, pristine forests, along with world-class vineyards and breweries.” For more information, visit capetocapemtb.com.