Riders from across WA will be heading to the South-West next week for the return of the Cape to Cape mountain biking event, but they won't be the only ones a part of the action, with a group of Margaret River High School students set to play a key role.
Heading out of winter in the South-West conditions for the four-day stage race are expected to be a little soggy, with the opportunity to have your bike cleaned at the end of each day of riding set to be welcomed by the more than 1,000 riders.
Enter BikeDr., who will be providing end-of-stage bike washes and servicing for this year's Cape to Cape.
BikeDr. works closely with at-risk youth and as a part of their involvement with Cape to Cape will have a group of Margaret River High School students at the event each day, working alongside their youth workers.
Bike Dr.'s Luke Golden said the team was looking forward to having the students join them for the four-day event.
"BikeDr. is pumped to be back for its seventh year of on-site servicing and all things Cape to Cape," said Golden.
"This year, to support our sister charity, Dismantle, we'll be employing 15 young people to run our end-of-stage bike washes. Make sure to book in and also grab some charity socks while you're at it."
Dismantle works with over 400 young people from across WA every year, helping them to overcome socio-inherited hurdles in their critical years, minimising long-term unemployment and providing skills that lay the foundations for personal growth and independence.
Dismantle CEO Pat Ryan said that being a part of Cape to Cape provided another link to the local community.
"We're thrilled to be a part of Cape to Cape for another fantastic year," said Ryan. "Dismantle is a charity that was founded around supporting at-risk young people, and bikes are at the core of our programs.
"If you're joining us in Margaret River this year, head down to the BikeDr. tent to say hello to some of our young people who'll be running the bike wash."