The 2017 Tathra Beach & Bike Enduro
The Tathra Enduro is one of the few MTB events nationally where riders experience coastal riding whilst still in a bush setting.
The race courses for the King Nelba 75km, The Mitas 50km, the Lap-It-Up 10km, Lap-It-Up 20km, Bundadung Tuff 25km all run adjacent to the ocean, with some spectacular views, and superb single-track.
The courses assume riders have previous mountain bike riding experience on single trail and fire roads. The events are designed to challenge, but be safe and fun.
Sections of the Tathra Enduro courses are located on private property. These trails will only be accessible on race day.
Bega Cheese Children’s Chase (Saturday)
This race is open to all children under 14 years of age.
In 2017 there will be two courses. For young children there is a one-two lap ride on a flat track around the Tathra Country Club Oval and surrounding trails.
For older more skilled riders there is a 3km event that involves a single track hill climb and descent.
For both events the emphasis is on participation and enjoyment. Entry is FREE, but all children MUST register, prior to the race on the day.
Racing starts 1pm. All children to receive a goody bag for participation.
Lap-It-Up 5km, 10km and 20km events (Saturday)
This is either a 5km, 10km or 20km lap event. The Lap-It-Up courses start and finish at the event hub at the Tathra Country Club.
The race will be staged on the lower Bundadung (Poo Ponds) single track at Tathra, with some fire road. This race does not go out onto the main road or State forest trails.
The event is designed for those with limited MTB and single track experience, and children looking to test their stamina.
The single trail is not technically difficult, but does involve short hill climbs. Being a lap race, competitors return to the main hub after each circuit, and can opt to ride less laps. Riders can leave drink bottles at the hub during the race.
Anyone can enter. You can book in advance or enter on the day.
The Bundadung Tuff 25km
The race will start and finish at the Tathra Country Club. To break up the crowd, you’re going for a quick recce on tar and fire roads over to Ford’s Farm and back. ROAD RULES APPLY HERE! You will be sharing the road with traffic.
The course then heads through the lower Bundadung and up the Evil-est Climb. It does not include the Bridges, instead descending via the new Hatti Gaddi, twisty Nizentite and Anchors Away.
The event is 80 per cent single trail and is suited to those with mountain bike riding experience, but haven’t quite got the fitness to tackle the 50km event.
The Mitas 50km
The 50km race is a single track lovers dream – with a course featuring plenty of twists, turns and super single track.
It starts and finishes at the event hub at the Tathra Country Club.
80% of the 2017 course is single track; the fun, flowing type of trail.
The course requires riders to be fit and have previous single track experience.
There is about 1000m of the climbing.
The race starts the Tathra Country Club. To break up the crowd, you’re going for a quick recce on tar and fire roads over to Ford’s Farm and back. ROAD RULES APPLY HERE! You will be sharing the road with traffic.
Once back at the race HQ the course heads through lower Poo Ponds and up the Evil-est Climb. In 2017 The Bridges are again in the course – but early in the race – when your energy is at its max.
After completing a full dose of the Bundadung the event then heads over for a taste of Tathra fast Fire shed single trail, and a fast blast towards Boulder Bay, and onto Loggers Loop before heading back to the Fire Shed via The Quarry.
Remember – Save some energy for the Poo Ponds finale as you hoot down Anchors’ Away to the finish.
There are two other road crossings – where you will be required to stop and give way to traffic – and the earlier starting stints on the tar.
It can be disorientating in the bush. Amazingly riders in 50km event will never be further than 5km from Tathra.
Fastest riders should complete the course in: 2hours15mins
Riders should carry their own food and water.
Drink stations are located at the 28km and 47km mark. (For riders wishing to leave their own food and drinks – These drink stations are located at Tathra Rural Fire Shed on the Tathra Bega Rd at the top of the Tathra Township).
The King Nelba 75km (Sponsored by Tathra Beach and Bike)
King of all the Enduro events – it consists of one-and-a-half laps of the Mitas 50km course.
This means you complete the full 50km course, come back through transition at the Tathra Country Club, before heading out to complete a second lap of the Bundadung. You will not be racing a second lap of the fire shed.
Instead, at the road crossing you will be diverted for home.
This race requires a high level of fitness and previous single track experience.
Fastest riders should complete the course in: 3hours45 minutes. Drink stations are located at 28km, 45km.
If you wish to leave drink bottles and food at the drink stations, their locations are at 28km (Fireshed**) 45km (Tathra Country Club event hub).
**(Located at Tathra Rural Fire Shed on the Tathra Bega Rd at the top of the Tathra Township).
NB: ALL COURSES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE DUE TO WEATHER AND TRAIL CONDITIONS
STRAVA MAPS OF THE 3KM, 25KM, 50KM AND 75KM COURSES HAVE BEEN POSTED.