The Great Southern has three new WA champions after the final round of the WA Gravity Enduro Mountain Bike Championships was held last month at Evedon Park near Bunbury. More than 15 riders from the Albany Mountain Biking Club and eight from the Denmark Mountain Bike Club competed across the WA Gravity Enduro series along with a couple of riders from Mt Barker. Two Albany competitors finished in first place at the final round on November 6 and 7. There were due to be 10 rounds in the series but because of COVID it was reduced to eight, with points calculated from each rider’s best five rounds. Albany’s Jessica Waldron won the WA under-19 female crown after he final round triumph. “It is such an honour to be crowned the State champion in a terrific series for an awesome sport, I encourage more girls and ladies to give it a shot,” Waldron said. It was a winning double for the Albany ladies when Dinah Roecker claimed the women’s 45+ super masters category at Evedon Park and after winning four rounds she was crowned the WA champ. “To be crowned State champ is really just a bonus,” Roecker said. “The best thing is to meet women from all over the State and riding with them in a supportive environment. “I enjoy riding as it challenges me in my technical skills, there is always a rock or jump or steep descent to conquer.” Rising Denmark mountain biker rider Kaiden Godden claimed the overall championship in the men’s 19-29 category after winning three rounds but he did not take part in the final round due to a broken collarbone. “Super stoked to take the overall win in the WA Gravity Enduro series this year,” Godden said. “It was my first year racing MTB and I’m hooked. “It’s now time to step up to the elite class next year do my best.” Albany siblings, Abbey and Harper O’Donnell narrowly missed out on titles, finishing second in competitive junior divisions. Abbey O’Donnell finished second in the women under-15 female division while Harper O’Donnell was second in the men’s under-17 category. Little sister, Marcey O’Donnell ended up third overall in the women’s under-13 division. Corinne Stoner missed the podium by a slim margin, while Jen Honey-Smith and Dora Adeline placed highly showing Albany’s strength in the female divisions. Corben Weinert, Hayden Kinnear, Lachlan Waldron and Louis Mclean (Albany), Robert Glynn, Jy Drummond and Flynn Devenport (Denmark), Mackenzie Stables and Beau Sobey (Mt Barker) all finished with strong results in their respective divisions.