Tathra MTB Enduro - Mountain Bike Race
WHEN: June 6-7, 2015
WHEN: Tathra, Far South Coast, 6 hours south of Sydney, 3 hours south east of Canberra and 3 hours north of Bairnsdale.
DISTANCE: Saturday - FREE kids races, Lap-it-Up 10km and 20km participation rides
Sunday - Bundadung Tuff 25km, Poo Ponds Filthy 50km (single track) and King Nelba 100km
ENTRY: Entries open late January 2015
"What an amazing group of people you are down in Tathra.....professionally run event on world class trails. You tested the body, mind and skills and bikes of a whole lot of lucky mountain bikers, my wife and I thank you so much.... take a bow Tathra MTB."
What makes the Tathra MTB Enduro so special?
Now in its fifth year the Tathra MTB Enduro has gained a cult following for its super flowing seaside single track, and its enthusiastic community spirit.
The event encourages participation of all levels of mountain bike rider, with races styled to meet those needs.
New in 2015 are the Lap-it-Up 10km and 20km participation rides. These lap rides cover the easy, less technical lower trals of Bundadung and are ideally suited to MTB newcomers, and children eager to test their stamina. These rides are all about "having a go", building confidence and enjoying the experience. Random prizes only.
In “family speak” that means you can ride from your accommodation to the start-line, race, and be back for an afternoon surf with the kids.
Another drawcard for MTB fans is the entry fee. In a bid to keep it affordable, entry fees have not risen since the inaugural event, and as memento you receive a Tathra Enduro water bottle.
In 2015 we’ve again increased the number and “local flavour” of spot prizes available to all entrants – AND you won’t have to wait until the presentation to see if you’ve won!
Sounds like there’s never been a better reason to RIDE TATHRA!
PS: The Tathra Enduro is staged by volunteers. It is a not for profit organisation with funds raised used for renewable energy projects and the development and maintenance of MTB trails in the town.
The Event Background
The Tathra Enduro is a mountain biking odyssey that pays homage to the early coastal pioneers and captures the best of beaches, the forests and the mountains.
From Tathra Beach, Ford’s Farm and south to White Rock and Boulder Bay the event offers a rare opportunity to race along the coastline, tracking through reclaimed farmland and the stunning Mimosa Rocks and Bournda National Parks.
Local history is full of old tales about gold being in ‘them thar hills’. Hundreds prospectors flooded into the area in the 1850s. Whilst the boom in Tanja proved short lived – the prospectors have left behind a “gold mine” of trails.
Loggers also plied their trade in the early to mid 1900s in the nearby Tanja forests. The forests were alive as teams of men and beast felled the native hardwood trees for building, railway sleepers, bridge beams and latterly telegraph pole and mine struts. Saw mills sprouted like mushrooms and locations like Goat’s Knob, Hell Holes, Monkey Dung and Vimy Ridge are now entrenched local landmarks.
These earlier pioneers have inadvertently created a modern mountain bikers dream, their legacy a labyrinth of old mining and logging trails ripe for riding.
These trails form the heart of the Tathra Enduro, offering a mix of forest roads, double track and secret stashes of single track deep in the heart of the coastal wilderness.
And as pretty as the picture is, the Tathra Enduro also offers some of the same hardships shown to the early settlers.
You’ll no doubt spare a thought for that poor bullock, snigging a 500kg log from the forest when you tackle the mountains and the gullies.
In 2014 we changed courses and added more single track - to create one of the most challenging marathon courses. We've opted for the same courses in 2015.
"Filthy" 50kers can still expect plenty of climbing, however the development of new single trail in the Bundadung area, and access to some special trails on private land now means riders will never be further than five kilometres from the heart of Tathra.
Those opting for the epic 100km will be doing 2 laps of the 50km course. That's a double dose of awesome single track.
Are you up for the challenge?
You still want more?
The Tathra Enduro is a mere appetiser of the district's mountain biking menu. It is the aim of the event to promote Tathra, its surrounding forests and National Parks as a coastal mountain biking destination.
Sweet single track can also be found at the nearby Manna Park and Mandeni Resorts (near Merimbula) and at Bermagui, 30 minutes north of Tathra.