Willo Enduro back for 2017

WILLO ENDURO: Highlands riders, Maizy Evans and Luke Skelly racing in the 13km category of the 2016 Willo Enduro. Photo: Richard McGibbon.

WILLO ENDURO: Highlands riders, Maizy Evans and Luke Skelly racing in the 13km category of the 2016 Willo Enduro. Photo: Richard McGibbon.

Two of Australia’s top Olympians will lead out a strong group of riders at the upcoming Willo Enduro. 

Rebecca Henderson and Daniel McConnell were selected to compete in mountain biking at both at the London and Rio Olympics in 2002 and 2016 and will take part in the Willo Enduro on February 26. 

The Willo Enduro was named after James Williamson, affectionately as Willo, who died at the age of 26 of an un-diagnosed heart condition.

James came from the Southern Highlands and attended Chevalier College, before moving to Canberra to continue his career as a champion mountain biker.

Now in its seventh year, the Willo Enduro has become a popular mountain biking event in the Southern Highlands. 

It is an emotional race for some, but for everyone else, the relaxed and friendly nature of the race does in fact reflect on James and the camaraderie that mountain biking brings for all participants. 

It is achievable for novices and challenging for the elite and has a strong sense of teamwork and sportsmanship amongst the many riders who return each year. 

Competitors can choose to ride one of four different distances, 13km, 25km, 50km or 75km through the Wingello State Forest. 

For the third consecutive year, the Willo will launch the National 2017 Cross Country Marathon Series. 

More than 400 riders compete each year at the Willo Enduro, and this popular event is supported by the Wingello Rural Fire Service, the Southern Highlands Cycling Club, as well as many volunteers and helpers. 

This year, the Southern Highlands Brewery will be serving freshly brewed tap beer and donating $1 of every beer sold to the James Williamson Enduro Fund.

There will be lots of activities, racing, and displays and for everyone at this event, for every age.

To find out more, head to the website http://www.jameswilliamson.com.au/

Riders will be able to register for the event online up until Wednesday, February 22 at http://www.jameswilliamson.com.au/the-race/online-entries/.

Entries will be accepted after this date but will incur a $15 late fee. 

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