National Cup triumph for rising Gravity Enduro star Abbey O’Donnell

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National Cup Gravity Enduro series winner Abbey O’Donnell.
Camera IconNational Cup Gravity Enduro series winner Abbey O’Donnell. Credit: Renae O’Donnell

Up-and-coming Albany mountain bike competitor Abbey O’Donnell is riding high after being crowned the winner of the 2019 National Cup Gravity Enduro Series.

Mountain Bike Australia introduced the National Cup, allocating points for respective cross country, downhill and enduro mountain biking races.

O’Donnell collected points in each round of the 2019 WA Gravity Enduro series, including the State Championship, in an impressive run of results.

National Cup Gravity Enduro series winner Abbey O’Donnell.
Camera IconNational Cup Gravity Enduro series winner Abbey O’Donnell. Credit: Renae O’Donnell

The young star secured first place in the under-13 girls enduro division based on the overall points and received a National Cup pack including a National Cup jersey and gold meal as part of the victory.

The 2020 MBA National Championships will held at Red Hill, Victoria in late October and it will be O’Donnell’s first taste of that level of competition.

The Albany Mountain Bike Club member will tackle the under-15 division for the first time at the championship and will warm up with several enduro events in New South Wales and Queensland.

National Cup Gravity Enduro series winner Abbey O'Donnell in action.
Camera IconNational Cup Gravity Enduro series winner Abbey O'Donnell in action.

O’Donnell, who takes inspiration from Cairns mountain biker Tracey Hannah, said she can’t wait for the challenge of nationals.

“I am really looking forward to competing in my first nationals championships in my first year of under-15s,” she said.

“It will be great to gain an insight and some experience in a competition of this level.

“Mountain biking is a great sport for girls, it allows you to enjoy the outdoors and challenge your fears at the same time.

“Mountain biking is a passion of mine.

“In a male dominated sport, I would encourage more girls to give it a try.”

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