Mountain Bike Speed Race Wins Fans

Published: Friday, 10 August 2018 at 4:13:02 PM

Over 50 mountain bike riders from across WA plummeted down the iconic Monkey Rock last weekend at the Denmark Mountain Bike Club’s first ever downhill speed event. The unique event attracted a large crowd and firmly places Denmark on the map as a top mountain biking destination.

The riders, three-quarters of whom travelled to Denmark from around the state congregated at the lookout – a well-known granite outcrop in the Mount Hallowell reserve with spectacular views – before taking the plunge down a fire break track to the finish line. Denmark Police lent a hand, recording speeds in excess of 50km per hour for the more experienced riders.

Club President Mr Nathan Devenport said the event was unique on the WA racing calendar and hoped it would grow bigger and better each year as riders from across the State hear about the exceptional challenges the track provides.

‘We have had so much interest from the WA mountain bike community and hope to attract many more riders and possibly hold a WA state round here over the next few years,’ he said.

Shire of Denmark CEO Mr Bill Parker who attended the event, was equally impressed by the number of participants and spectators of all ages, and highlighted the economic benefits that events like this bring to the town.

‘To see so many people enjoying the event is a terrific result for the Denmark Mountain Bike Club. It is a real credit to such a new club to hold an event like this,’ he said.

‘We hope to see the race grow in future years and attract even more participants and visitors to our town.’

Official race “Starter” and Shire of Denmark Councillor Mark Allen, praised the club for its respectful and considered approach to conducting the event within the reserve.

He said ‘the club went to every effort to stop the spread of dieback, educate riders and spectators and worked exceptionally well with neighbours and volunteers to make this event a great success. They are a real success story.’

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