Tathra Enduro


Tathra MTB Enduro postponed until June 7/8 2014

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"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 fourth 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 2014 are the Have-A-GO 10km and 20km participation rides. These lap rides cover the lower trails 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 are awarded and a drink bottle for encouragement.

We've also included the Goats Knob Fire Road 50km - but be warned, just because there's (almost) no single track - doesn't mean its all plain sailing.  Be prepared for plenty of climbing to test the lungs and the thighs.

The Enduro is also blessed to have its event hub, and over 45km of racing trails located within a stone’s throw of the Tathra township.

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 2014 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 Thompson’s Estate to the Kangarutha  Wilderness  and Boulder Bay the event offers a rare opportunity to race along the coastline, tracking through reclaimed farmland and the stunning Mimosa Rocks National Park.

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 there have been some changes to the courses – As mentioned we've included Have-A-Go 10km and 20km rides, but still retain the Bundadung Tuff 20km. Thers two 50km options - the exclusive Poo Ponds Filthy 50km (single track) and the Goats Knob Fire Road 50km, and the legendary King Nelba 100km. There's also heaps of new single track, new fire road and the courses have been tweaked.

"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 Goat’s Knob 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 can expect plenty more, as they tickle the trigs and ride perilously close to the district’s highest point.

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.

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