Biking event approved

By Grace Jones | posted on June 20, 2019

DENMARK time trial mountain biking event Monkey Rock Speed Run was unanimously approved for a second year at a Shire of Denmark council meeting earlier this week.

Last year’s event, hosted by the Denmark Mountain Bike Club and held at Mount Hallowell, was heralded a triumph with 55 competitors ripping down the track.

Club President Nathan Devenport spoke to councillors during public question time and said the event was a huge success.

“There was heaps of support from the surrounding community,” he said.

“Only one quarter of competitors were actually from Denmark with the rest coming from Albany and beyond.

“With how well it went, please just let us shred.”

Last year’s male adult category winners went to Bobby Cooper with a time of 1:12.32, Hayden Kinnear in second at 1:14.84 and Devenport in third at 1:17.56.

For the female adult riders, Dinah Roecker came in first at 1:32.06, Ingrid Fuhrmann in second at 1:36.66, and Corinne Stoner in third at 1:42.68.

Mr Devenport also received praise from councillors for adopting a plastic-free policy for the event prior to the Shire adopting their own Sustainable Events Policy in August last year.

He said as a club they had always made sure that every event since they started in 2017 was as plastic free as possible.

“We’re very conscious of our impact,” Mr Devenport said.

“It’s always been a major component of our club and the event to protect the environment.”

Councillor Kingsley Gibson said it was a real buzz to watch riders come down the trail.

“I’d be way too scared to go down Monkey Rock,” he joked.

“I’m glad it [the event] didn’t hurt the environment and I’m excited to watch the next one.”

Councillors voted unanimously to allow the Denmark Mountain Bike Club to hold their second Monkey Rock Speed Run on August 4.