The Tathra Mountain Bike Club is a team of community minded matured aged enthusiasts, who hope to make Mountain Biking a readily available activity for locals and visitors to the area.
The tracks were started in 2001 by Andy Johnson after he rode local wallaby tracks, the Bermagui Dirt Surfers Track and learnt about the IMBA standard of track design. After construction of the 'Poo Ponds' loop, Andy was joined by other enthusiasts Aido, Linda, Smurf, Stace, Jake, Steve, Charlie and Livi slept in the car. Track improvements and extensions led to the Fireshed loop, making 15 kms of hand-made single-track.
In 2010, Matthew Nott (local surgeon and rider) asked if the track could be extended, to stage an Event - The Tathra Enduro. In short, the entire Tathra community helped - check it out - www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMviaVxzLGU
Since then, Tom Park, another Track building nutter moved to Tathra. Under the philosity of 'not going to bed unless you are tired'. Tathra now has approx. 40 kms of track including 35 kms of hand-made sweet flowing single-track. Recently, the Club got approval from the National Parks Advisory Committee to add another 10 kms of track to bring the total amount of track ready to ride to 50 kms, all within a 5 km radius of the beach.
Koori word for wombat the 'spirit of the forest'.
- 1.7km climb - Name says it all. Tom loves hills!!!
- Flatish 2km with lots of swerves and curves. Lewis Nott's request
- 2.2 km downhill -Local Koori word for 'glowing worms'. You will see lots of pink and blue eyes watching you on a night ride.
NIZENTITE - 2.3.km downhill with numerous gully drops and through the "fairy forest". Lots of tight situations, but heaps of fun!
- 1.8 km downhill - 13 bridges crossing creeks and gullies. Experienced riders only
- 2.4 km climb - Tough parts with lots of rests. Named after a local Koori who lived at the top of climb. Remains of his humpy still there.
NO SECOND THOUGHTS - 2.9 km of our highest commitment gully drops with numerous uphill pinches. Designed by a bored surfer who loves hitting the "lip" and carving a bottom turn.
- 400 metre beginners climb. Named quite disrespectfully after our President - Richard Gallimore - The club's paperwork man............and lots of it!!!!
2 km intermediate climb. Named after King Nelba - Local Koori legend.
- Flatish 2km with a few uphill pinches. Sally Gallimore asked for a track to avoid a tough fire trail climb..........it was Richard's comment !!!
- 1.8 km downhill - Thanks Andy 'anchors' Johnson for making these tracks happen. When you throw an anchor off the boat......... make sure it is tied on, or you'll get a nickname like anchors!!!
TNT - 1 km flatish - Tight -n- Technical. The Tathra Nature Reserve committee asked for a track that will deter motor bikes.... it works!!!
FIRELINE - 2 km - gentle rise with some fun bits. The start is a fun entry level section, which joins a designated fire containment line.
SNEAKY STACE - link from Kingy's Climb/Bridges to Evil Tom. Shortest and easiest way to the top. The idea of Stacey (Sneaky, Shonky, Sensible, Simple but always Sound) George who is a foundation track builder/journalist/event organiser......behind the scenes champion!
CODE BLUE - 1.5km - Twists and turns. Start of the Fireshed Loop which is an all blue grade track. No absolute climbs or descents, just constant contours with lots of lumps and bumps.
HUMPTY DUMPTY - 1km - Twists and turns. Steve Todd is also a foundation track builder, but has trouble "staying on track"! Our most regular crash test dummy, but hasn't quite broken his shell yet!!!!
GEORGIE GIRL - 1.5km - Gentle climb with lots of switchbacks. This section was named after Stacey George, before she started taking shortcuts!!
JJ's - 1.5km - Flatish with the traditional twists and turns. Named after the late Joseph John Caddey and Jill Johnson. The track designer goes to their memorials in this area for advice and a chat.
CREEK RUN - 1km - Downhill with 13 creek crossings. Hold on and enjoy the ride.
APPLE GROVE - 1km - Fire trail with 2 creek crossings. In the early 1900's this area was an Apple Orchard run by the Gowing Family.
BACK OF BOURKE - 1 km - Flat open area. Australian slang a "Long way from anywhere" and it is!
PINK LADY - 1km - Level section with lots of curves and swerves. Back into the Apple Orchard area.
THE QUARRY - 1.5km - Our "north shore" section. This old quarry provided soil for local bricks and road base for the Evans Hill road.
BACK TO BASE - 1 km - Flatish return to the Fireshed.
Two of the nicest guys you have ever seen, but one of them is Evil!