|WHEN||June 10-11, 2017|
Tathra, Far South Coast, NSW
(Six hours south of Sydney, three hours south east of Canberra and three hours north of Bairnsdale
|Saturday||FREE Bega Cheese kids’ races, Lap-It-Up 5km, 10km and 20km participation rides|
|Sunday||Bundadung Tuff 25km, Mitas 50km and King Nelba 75km|
STAY IN TOUCH
WHY SLIDE WHEN YOU CAN RIDE THIS JUNE LONG WEEKEND IN OUR WHEEL WINTER WONDERLAND
Forget the snow, the only mountains you want conquer this June long weekend are in the 2017 Tathra MTB Enduro.
Yep – why slide when you can ride!
There are plenty of ride options; from the grand man himself – The King Nelba 75km, the rubber-burning Mitas 50km and the rough’n’tuff Bundadung 25km. There’s also Lap it Up (5, 10 and 20km) for those teenagers who just can’t get enough! Or those finding their feet on single track.
Kids, the Bega Cheese Children’s Chase is also back – in 1km and 3km formats.
Plus there’s new hooting-tooting single track to give you that wooo hooo smile!
Entries open in February – so save the date – June 10-11, 2017.
All proceeds go to local community organisations and the up-keep of the Tathra MTB trail network.
If you are considering the Tathra MTB Enduro – here’s what riders thought in 2016…..
“Thanks guys for another awesome event. My family and I come down every year for this event. We bring the in-laws so we can both have a race and especially love the kids event on the Saturday. Your events are always run so well, and we love how the whole community seem to get behind it. Having the local musicians throughout the course is wonderful. They’re all so talented and different. Oh, and that gorilla, and food stations are just perfect. I was lucky enough to receive a prize which I must mention are the best prizes I’ve ever received. It’s so refreshing to receive local produce, instead of the good old, old stock from shops that we’ll never use. Loved them.”
“I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and the whole Tathra team for such a fantastic race yesterday. You have the most amazing tracks there, and to have a big fluffy gorilla hand me a banana at the top of the hill having climbed it three times was fantastic! It was the most fun I have ever had on a bike.
Can’t wait until next year!”
What makes the Tathra MTB Enduro so special?
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 of 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. 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.
These earlier pioneers have inadvertently created a modern mountain biker’s 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.
Each year the courses are tweaked, and new single track added to keep things fresh. No doubt you’ll feel you have ridden something special by the time you reach the finish line.
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 check out more info here.