Rid­ers’ sea­son of suc­cess

Albany Extra - - Extra Sport - Cameron New­bold

The Great South­ern’s moun­tain bik­ing con­tin­gent has en­joyed a sea­son of suc­cess, with nu­mer­ous State vic­to­ries across down­hill and cross coun­try di­vi­sions.

Last month, the XCO State Cham­pi­onships for cross coun­try were held at Goat Farm in Perth, with sib­lings Jess and Lachlan Wal­dron both fin­ish­ing on the podium.

Jess fin­ished a close sec­ond in the un­der-15 girls’ cat­e­gory, while Lachlan also had a strong re­sult with a third­placed ef­fort in the un­der-17 boys’ di­vi­sion.

Fel­low Al­bany rider Nav Coole crashed out on the open­ing lap in the top male di­vi­sion and Shane Burns recorded a top-10 re­sult in the vet­eran men’s class.

The WA State Down­hill Cham­pi­onships were held in Au­gust, with Hamish Wilkes (un­der-13), Natalie Pearson (elite women) and Paul Fage (su­per masters) be­ing crowned ti­tle win­ners, while Josh Pearson (masters men) and Nathan Sy­monds (vet­eran men) both fin­ished sec­ond.

Win­ners have also been an­nounced for the five-round WA State Down­hill Se­ries, with four Great South­ern rid­ers claim­ing over­all wins.

Natalie Pearson was the se­ries cham­pion in the elite women’s event and Josh Pearson the masters men’s cham­pion. Fage con­tin­ued his strong sea­son by win­ning the su­per masters se­ries and young gun Wilkes was the un­der-13 male se­ries win­ner.

Other strong re­sults in­cluded Ben Hal­sall, who shone across the five rounds to se­cure sec­ond place in the elite men stand­ings.

An­drew Han­nig (ex­pert men), Rob Wilkes (masters men), Mitchell Poett (sports men) and Nathan Deven­port (vet­eran men) all took home sec­ond plac­ings in their di­vi­sions, while Lachlan Wilkes (un­der-17 boys) and De­clan Poett (un­der-13 boys) were also on the podium.

In the WA Cross Coun­try Se­ries, Coole capped off a bril­liant year by win­ning the male A cat­e­gory.

Pic­ture: Adam Hal­sall

Elite men's com­peti­tor Ben Hal­sall.

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