It's fantastic to have such a big field for the kid's race at the Willo | Photo A J Moran

It’s fantastic to have such a big field for the kid’s race at the Willo | Photo A J Moran

Three hundred and eighty riders signed up for the sixth Willo Enduro, held at Wingello on Sunday February 21st 2016. A cloudy misty day made riding temperatures perfect and the previous evening’s light rain dampened the tracks enough to give everyone optimal riding conditions.
Racing commenced at 8.00am, with the 13km category. For many young riders, this was their first real race, with all the excitement and exhilaration that only racing generates. A large proportion of competitors in the U17 and U19, 25KM and 50KM categories had attended Willo Junior Development Camps and it was wonderful to see so many Willo jerseys on the podium.

With the Willo the opening round of the National XCM series - the field was packed full of talent for the 75K race | Photo A J Moran

With the Willo the opening round of the National XCM series – the field was packed full of talent for the 75K race | Photo A J Moran

Once again, the Willo Enduro was the first of seven events which will make up the 2016 Australian Marathon (XCM) Series. And in 2016, we had seventy four female competitors, which is an increase on the number of women competing in 2015.

It was good to see the crew from Shimano out on course, led by the boss, Matt Bazanno | Photo AJ Moran

It was good to see the crew from Shimano out on course, led by the boss, Matt Bazanno | Photo AJ Moran

Special congratulations go to Brendan Johnston, who took out the Open Male 75KM category for the second year running. Congratulations to Samara Shephard who won the Open Female 75KM category. And a big thanks to Jenny Blair (winner of the Open Female 75KM category 2015) for being present as guest presenter for the podium winners.

Brendan Johnston Winner Willo Enduro 2016 | Photo AJ Moran

Brendan Johnston Winner Willo Enduro 2016 | Photo AJ Moran

Thanks to our two commissaires, Darryl Cram (MTBA XCM commissaire) and Chad Balding (Southern Highlands Cycling Club commissaire) who helped the day run smoothly and also to the XCM observer, Bob Morris. Special thanks also to Steve Evans for organising the Event Centre, marshals, and for his role as announcer.

75KM Start | Photo AJ Moran

75KM Start | Photo AJ Moran

Thanks to our main sponsor Giant Bikes who generously donated two bikes as prizes. The Giant 27.5 Anthem was won by Brian Knowler from Canberra. Radical Lights once again donated a specially engraved Willo Podda Light, and Pete Douse from Trek Racing was the lucky winner. And a huge thanks to all our sponsors, who so generously provided products for the prizes, giveaways, race entries and support in so many other ways as well.

Winners 75KM Willo 2016 Andy Blair, Brendan Johnston, Jon Odams. | Photo AJ Moran

Winners 75KM Willo 2016 Andy Blair, Brendan Johnston, Jon Odams. | Photo AJ Moran

 

Womens 75K podium Left to Right Briony Mattocks, Samara Sheppard, Cristy Henderson.| Photo Richard McGibbon

Womens 75K podium Left to Right Briony Mattocks, Samara Sheppard, Cristy Henderson.| Photo Richard McGibbon

Thanks to all the volunteers, the Rural Fire Brigade, Forestry Corporation of NSW, Jack Henderson for timing, Snax on Trax for the great food, and everyone else (and there are many) who support the Willo each year to make it all happen.

Left Sarah I'Ons winner, Ruby Wilson 2nd U19 50KM | Photo Richard McGibbon

Left Sarah I’Ons winner, Ruby Wilson 2nd U19 50KM | Photo Richard McGibbon

Results are available here.

As soon as the date for the 2017 Willo Enduro has been confirmed, we will post on the website, on facebook and in an email out to all riders.