A contingent of enthusiastic mountain bike riders from Karratha have spent many weekends in the State’s South West pedalling their way to glory.
Representatives from the Burrup Mountain Biking Club have been competing at the WA Gravity Enduro Series, which involves seven races which take place from February to October.
About 10 riders have made trips to places such as Pemberton and Margaret River over the the year, with some of them attending multiple events.
BMBC coach Alan Kurilowski said they had had representation at each of the rounds, with mainly junior riders between 14 and 17 taking to the trials.
“It’s a really fun format for all of us,” he said.
“We’re able to ride in different classes, so get timed against peers of the same age and gender, but still ride together as a group, so you get to ride with your mates whereas at most cycling events you don’t get to do that.”
At the end of August, eight riders headed to the State Championships, a standalone competition within the series, with 15-year-old Sophie Taylor making the podium.
“Sophie came second by one second which was devastating for her, but overall in the series she’s sitting equal first so it’ll be decided in the last round in October,” Kurilowski said.
“She doesn’t accept second very well, which is a trait of a champion, and she’s just a really determined individual.”
The Enduro Series has been increasing in size over the past five years and is now one of the largest endurance events for mountain biking in the country, attracting more than 400 participants from around the State.
Kurilowski said it had been impressive to see all the athletes improving over the course of the series.
“You can see them all growing and putting in the work,” he said.
“They’ve devolved within the season, changed their riding style and their ability to compete, so we’re excited to see future results.”
The last race in the series is in Burekup on October 13.