What I learnt from watching the Cape to Cape

What is the Cape to Cape?

The Cape to Cape is part of the Epic series, which is a series of mountain bike stage races that are held around the world. The Cape to Cape was held this year in West Australia’s South West region over 4 days, covering over 200km and climbing a total of 2500m. It attracts riders from around the world; professional and amateur riders partake in various categories within this one race, some to win and others to challenge themselves.

This blog goes through some of my experiences and what I learned from being able to watch some of the action.

Plan “a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something”

In order to complete such an event, months of training would have been completed. Although I couldn’t see this, the sheer number of riders at the start and finish line each day showed that peoples planning and training had paid off. For example, training on and off the bike leading up to the race to get the best out of yourself. At Absolute Balance, we can help you plan your training to suit your chosen event.

We might not be able to help you with all of the logistics, but we can provide you with tips and tricks. Such as planning for the best and worst situations in an event. For example, in the Cape to Cape, if a rider had a mechanical issue, they needed to be able to fix it. Thus, if you plan for the worst situation in advance, it can enable you to practice skills to overcome issues that you might experience in your chosen event. For example, if you did not know how to change a tube for a flat tyre, you could practice this skill in the months leading up to the event.

Prepare “make (something) ready for use or consideration”

As the Cape to Cape is a stage race over multiple days, riders needed to prepare themselves and their bicycles not only for one stage but for four. As such, riders could be seen preparing their bikes at the end of one stage ready for the next day. For example, cleaning their muddy and dusty bikes or packing spare tubes into bags or taping them to the frame of their bikes. Additionally, some riders had family members waiting at the finish line with cooler bags filled with food and drink so that they could refuel and recover ready for the next day’s stage.

Perform “Carry out, accomplish, or fulfill (an action, task, or function)”

The Cape to Cape had many categories to race within, such as pairs or individual categories. What’s important here is that you perform to the best of your ability to finish the event. For example, when faced with an obstacle at the Cape to Cape, riders tackled it in different ways within their technical abilities, such as bunny hopping, walking or riding around an obstacle.

Fun “enjoyment, amusement, or light-hearted pleasure”

Whilst leapfrogging to various sections of each stage, you could recognise that common-to-all was a smile on the riders face. Whether that was after completing a technical section, going fast downhill (or uphill) or at the finish line. Through all the pain, spending time outdoors, doing something they loved brought a smile to their faces and meant they were having fun. At Absolute Balance, all our group fitness and personal training sessions we make sure you enjoy your exercise so it doesn’t become a chore.

How absolute can help
Here at Absolute, with our knowledge and experience, we can help you plan and prepare for your next event, no matter how small or large, so you can perform and have fun. Whether it’s for a specific event or to try something new, we can help. Our group fitness and personal training sessions can be tailored to you.

William Ellis

Bachelor of Science (Exercise, Sports and Rehabilitation Science)

Exercise Physiology Student



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