The registrations for The Willo Mountain Bike Marathon on 1 March 2020 are now open and for the 10th Anniversary of this iconic race here is a message from the race founder Meg Patey, the aunt of James Williamson,
“With Juliane and Martin and their team I have found good people who will take this event into its next decade and keep James’ legacy going. We just wanted to do something to continue his energy and spirit, so we started this event. It’s been quite a lot of work, but I really enjoyed it – it’s time for me to step back and I really look forward to continue being a part of the race as a patron and rider. It would be amazing if we could make the 2020 race the biggest event yet! Come and race hard and above all enjoy the relaxed and friendly nature of the event, which in fact does reflect on James and the camaraderie that mountain biking brings for all. See you there!” – Meg Patey
The Willo 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 managed by Rocky Trail Entertainment.
About the 2020 Anniversary Event
This is a race unlike any other. It has become 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 single trail 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.
Every race participant will be instantly taken by the relaxed and friendly nature of the race, which in fact does on James and the camaraderie that mountain biking brings for all.