Mountain bikes bring big bonus

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
WAGE director Steve Janiec and Dardanup shire president Cr Mick Bennett cheer on Jayden Fraser as he adjusts to the new terrain at Evedon Park.
Camera IconWAGE director Steve Janiec and Dardanup shire president Cr Mick Bennett cheer on Jayden Fraser as he adjusts to the new terrain at Evedon Park. Credit: Callum Hunter

The South West’s economy is set to get a “massive boost” later this year when Evedon Park hosts round seven of the WA Gravity Enduro series, an Enduro World Series qualifier event.

Up to 400 of the Australia’s best enduro riders are set to descend on the region for a spectacle Dardanup shire president Mick Bennett described as fantastic and a massive boost for the region.

“There should be more of these events,” he said.

“This is a magnificent opportunity for us to get ourselves really on the map.”

The event will be the third State level mountain bike event held within the shire this year, following the State downhill round held at Wellington Mill and this weekend’s State cross-country round at Pile Road.

Gravity enduro combines arguably the best aspects of cross country and downhill racing together and has quickly become the most popular discipline of mountain biking in the State.

According to WA Gravity Enduro director Steve Janiec, the Evedon Park trails will present riders with a new challenge compared to the rest of the series.

“Being an EWS qualifier, we really wanted to highlight the natural terrain and the raw, rough, rocky sorts of trail racing,” he said.

“Hopefully it will bring a lot of value and benefit to the local economy and mountain biking in WA.”

State under-19 series leader Jayden Fraser said he and his rivals would have to be on their game come race day on October 13.

“Down these hand-cut trails you have to be so focused,” he said

“Just looking at the trails out here, it looks pretty sick already.”

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