The Willo | Kowen ACT | 28.02.2021

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.

James ‘Willo’ Williamson | Photo:

About the Willo

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 Willo was set up in honour of James by his aunt Meg Patey and is now managed by Rocky Trail Entertainment under her patronage.

We are proud that all the key event sponsors, supporters and volunteers will stay involved and we are committed to continue one of the key components of The Willo, which is offering junior development opportunities for regional kids. As Meg so rightly puts it,

“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. 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.”

Meg Patey

Join us for the 2021 edition to race the 11th anniversary of the event!

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 25 km 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.

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.

“It’s about teaching them about how to find out who they are and how to approach life, because that’s what James was and that’s what he would have wanted”.

Meg Patey

We are looking forward to joining Meg with friends and supporters of The Willo in celebrating the memory of a great man and the bright future of this inspiring event.