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The Willo Marathon

February 28, 2021 @ 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

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The Willo Marathon is a one day event celebrating the life of mountain bike champion James Williamson, who died in his sleep from an undiagnosed heart condition in March 2010 whilst competing in an international MTB stage race. James was 26 years old and will always be remembered as 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. Every race participant will be instantly taken by the relaxed and friendly nature of the race, which in fact does reflect on James and the camaraderie that mountain biking brings for all.
Founded by Meg Patey, Willo’s aunt and supported by his best friends and riding mates, the Willo race is now managed by Rocky Trail Entertainment under Meg’s patronage.
Over the past decade the Willo has established itself as one of the top mountain bike marathons on the Australian cycling racing calendars and it has become an annual reminder to all riders of the joys of mountain biking as well as the impact James had on the sport.
Race format:
The race circuit is a 20-25km loop at Sparrow and Kowen Forests in Canberra. Featuring a classic 3 loop plus 2 and 1 loop challenges, there are various age categories. The Willo also offers a shorter race circuit for junior riders, plus fun kids races for little riders in the event centre.
Originally based on the Southern Highlands in NSW and James’ home track at Wingello, the Willo is for now based in Canberra. The Wingello trails are still badly damaged from the 2019-20 summer bushfires and still not safe to use. So this will be a lap-based classic marathon race and feature the popular mountain bike network in the Sparrow Hill and Kowen Forests in Canberra featuring a race track loaded with singletrail goodness.

The Willo will always be celebrating the memory of a great man and Rocky Trail Entertainment will make sure that the future of this inspiring event will be bright.


February 28, 2021
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
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