Part of WA team contesting nationals

Downhill mountain biking is known as a gravity discipline for a reason.

Fast-paced with adrenaline-pumping descents, riders face challenging descents in their journey to the finish line.

And when Blair Stuart races for the sought-after green and gold jersey at next month’s Mountain Bike Australia National Championships at Mystic Park in Bright, he will be navigating some sharp slopes.

“It is very steep, very long and very rough,” Stuart said of the course in Victoria’s high country.

The South West Academy of Sport athlete, who trains on tracks at home in the Ferguson Valley, is part of the WA team competing at the event that is expected to attract more than 700 riders across a range of disciplines.

For the 17-year-old South West Academy of Sport athlete, competing on the national stage will give himself a chance to put himself to the test.

“I’m looking forward to being able to push myself and compare myself to everyone else in Australia,” Stuart said.

 

“I like to see how I sit, how I’m doing, what I need to improve.”