20 Nov Gravity Enduro 2018 Season Wrap
Thanks to Steve Janiec the Director of WA Gravity Enduro for the season wrap.
In 2018, WA Gravity Enduro celebrated its 5th year with exploding growth through continued exciting mountain bike experiences. Firstly we introduced the Enduro World Series ‘standard’ Timing System kicking the series off at our sell-out Margaret River Round 1 with 320 competitors. In order for WA Enduro riders to be competing against Australia’s best, we needed to ensure they became familiar and comfortable with interstate and international events using the same timing system – not to mention the added benefits of instant results, reduced presentation times and accuracy to 1/100th of a second.
Next, we focussed our attention on the registration process. It is very humbling to see mum’s and dad’s racing alongside their children so with Enduro racing spanning through families, we implemented a simpler and easier registration system for individuals and families. Our U13’s WAGE Whippets has seen tremendous growth with 63 competitors racing throughout the year.
Next, we introduced a huge 7 event series spanning across the southwest of WA including the fan-favourites of The Pines, Goat Farm, Linga Longa and Pemberton. We love hosting diverse events which complement different skills of different riders and aim to balance this out across the series. So while these first 4 events were underway, we were working hard behind the scenes with local Communities and Shires to introduce two new Enduro locations at York and Dunsborough – and while this was going on, we were working even further behind the scenes with a small team of passionate Enduro riders to build a new Enduro course for our series finale event at Serpentine.
Finally, WA Gravity Enduro helped raise over $15,000 in direct donations to Clubs, Bike Parks and fundraising opportunities for Junior Race Development for the sustainable growth of the WA Mountain Bike Industry. With over 700 competitors and 1,700 event entries, 2018 has been a huge year for WA Gravity Enduro and equally WA Enduro riders with international legend Sam Hill winning the Enduro World Series (and defending his 2017 championship) plus local Elite Women Champion Tanya Bailey and Elite Men Roly Kyme being crowned 2018 overall winners. We are proud to help shape the sport in WA and equally proud to help support competitors looking for a sense of Community, mountain bike racing excitement and a real challenge for competitors striving towards the National and International Stage….here’s to 2019!