Mittagong downhill mountain bike rider Harry Parsons finds some big air during the opening round of the National Series in You Yangs, Victoria. Photo: Bill Dengate, Bilt Bikes Harry Parsons (centre) celebrates after recording victory in Toowoomba. Photo supplied by Scott Parsons
MITTAGONG boasts a rising talent in downhill mountain biking.
Teenager Harry Parsons was recently named under-17s champion at the Oceania Mountain Biking (MTB) Championships at Toowoomba, Queensland.
Harry, 15, also finished third overall in the under-17s downhill mountain biking riding category at the 2014-15 Subaru Australian MTB Series.
It was a mixed competition for Harry, who had to overcome an injury setback.
The Highlander crashed and broke his wrist in the opening round of the series at You Yangs in Victoria.
He fought back to finished runner-up in the next round at Thredbo before he finished third in the final event at Toowoomba.
That round was held just a few days after the Oceania Mountain Biking Championships.
Harry didn’t have much time to celebrate his impressive results.
He competed in the opening round of the NSW Downhill State Series last weekend at Thredbo.
Harry decided to challenge himself in 2015 by stepping up to the under-19s category.
Despite crashing his bike, Harry worked hard to finish third.
Harry’s dad Scott Parsons said his son took up downhill mountain biking about four years ago.
Scott said Harry undertook regular training, using trails around the Highlands and in Wollongong.
Harry will compete in the second round of the NSW series in July.
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