The Willo Mountain Bike Marathon is a one day event celebrating the life of mountain bike champion James Williamson, who died in March 2010 at the age of 26. James was a top-level XCO and XCM rider. He was passionate about the sport in every way, as well as being an Australian and World 24 hour champion. The Willo was set up in honour of James by his aunt Meg Patey and is now managed by Rocky Trail Entertainment under her patronage.
*Join us for the 2020 edition to race the 10th anniversary of the event! *
This is a race unlike any other. It is one of the top mountain bike marathons on the Australian cycling racing calendars and an annual reminder to all riders of the joys of mountain biking as well as the impact James had on the sport.
The lap-based classic marathon race will feature the popular mountain bike network in the Wingello State Forest and we are bringing back the original 25km circuit with loads of singletrail goodness. There are various distance classifications across adult and junior age groups - for many young athletes this race will continue to provide the opportunity to experience their first thrill of racing. Proceeds from the event will still support junior development with annual training camps held.
Every race participant will be instantly taken by the relaxed and friendly nature of the race, which in fact does reflect on James and the camaraderie that mountain biking brings for all.