Riders’ season of success
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.
Elite men's competitor Ben Halsall.