2019 James Williamson Enduro – Mountain Biking


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11.03.19

2019 James Williamson Enduro – Mountain Biking

On Sunday 10 March, the Chevalier College MTB Team once again competed in the James Williamson Enduro at Wingello State Forest.

It was the biggest team we’ve had at the event with 38 Chevalier students competing on the day.

It is an extremely important day on our mountain biking calendar, with the event being held in memory of James Williamson.

James was a world champion mountain biker, a renowned mountain bike magazine editor and a past Chevalier student. Each year his team mates, competitors, family, friends and lovers of mountain biking enter this race to remember James but, also to remember why we ride bikes.

Chev riders at the Willo Enduro 2019

Chev MTB riders at the Willo Enduro 2019

We ride bikes to have fun, challenge ourselves and to mix with different people who all have the same passion.

James’ brother Geordie spoke at the presentation ceremony, he recalled how cycling changed his brother’s life, it gave him purpose. Whilst James was an extremely talented athlete, he rode because he loved it. This is something that more than 500 people celebrated on Sunday, competing hard and laughing lots.

It was an absolute dust storm at Wingello, nobody escaped the dirt and every rider came back filthy, exhausted and happy.

Chevalier had 22 entries in the Junior 13km race and 16 in the Senior 22km and 44km races.

We had a very successful day from a results perspective with Harry Denington, Luke Skelly, Artemus Maynard, Sam McMahon, Taylor Hawke and Eloise Sedger all standing on the podium after their races.

Thanks to the parents and guardians who came out for the day to support the team and the event. Thanks also to Ingrid Jensen, Simon O’Hea and Brother Gerry Burke for supporting and organising the riders.

Chevalier Team at the Willo Enduro 2019

Chevalier Team at the Willo Enduro 2019

It was the 9th year that the event has been organised by Meg Patey. Her amazing bunch of volunteers work so hard to put this event on. We congratulate Meg on evolving this event over the years and working tirelessly to make it run so smoothly each year. Thanks for being so accommodating of the Chevalier College MTB Team. We look forward to riding alongside you next year.

A great start to the season for the MTB team, we can now start training and looking forward to retaining our NSW Schools XC title in term 2.

Well done to all riders who competed in ‘The Willo’ !

Cameron Cowen
Coordinator – MTB

Photos by AJ Moran Photography

 

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