Mountain biking enthusiasts of all ages will descend on Dunsborough this Sunday for the inaugural round of the Dunsborough 3 Hour MTB Enduro competition.
The race format is designed to combine participants’ stamina and skills, with riders having to complete as many laps of the 9.5km cross country circuit over a three-hour period as they can, with a one and two-hour format for women and teenagers.
Event manager Richard Renn said they were expecting more than 100 riders in a number of categories, including WA’s top mountain bike cross country racers.
Busselton’s David Hill will compete in the masters’ division on Sunday, with the event turning into a family activity with twin daughters Naomi and Lucy competing in the children’s event and wife Fern in charge of the first aid tent.
Hill said he took up mountain biking about four years ago and it had now transpired into a family activity.
“It’s a good release from busy life, and everyone (in the sport) is friendly,” he said.
As for Sunday’s competition, Hill said the trails would be familiar and he would be happy to compete in all three hours of the competition.
Naomi and Lucy, 9, will compete in the children’s round, which will see participants ride around a circuit for 20 minutes.
Lucy said she enjoyed mountain biking as it gets her fit, and was a little harder than road cycling.
“You also get muddier,” she said.
Dunsborough’s Rowan Brown will be competing in this weekend’s elite competition.
The 19-year-old, who recently moved to Perth, said he was looking forward to competing in his hometown and believed his familiarity with the track would give him a slight advantage.
He said the Brown Street section would prove to be the toughest part of the cycling circuit as it was quite technical.
“I think this weekend’s race is a good thing for the township, and will bring a lot of people in,” Brown said.
The race starts on Sunday at 9am, at the Dunsborough and Districts Country Club on Gifford Road, Dunsborough.