Maydena thrills

MAYDENA has been put on the world map of mountain biking with the outstanding success of the UCI Enduro Mountain Bike World Series at the weekend.

Almost 400 international and local riders took part in the event which was split with amateurs competing on Saturday and elite athletes on Sunday.

“We had enormous crowds on the hill all day as racers contended with six mammoth stages, including our very best trails,’’ a bike park spokesperson said.

“After a huge battle on stage six it was Luke Meier-Smith and Isabeau Courdurier who took the fastest elite times of the day.

“An amazing showing from the Australian’s, cleaning up the men’s podium, with local hero, Sascha Kim, winning U21 and taking the sixth fastest time of the day.’’

Perfect weather conditions also ensured a strong spectator turnout with hundreds watching from the sidelines.

The event is estimated to have attracted thousands over the two days, with competitors, support crews and spectators booking out all local accommodation and Maydena and surrounds buzzing with activity.

The competitors now go to Derby in the North East for the next competition.