WHY SLIDE WHEN YOU CAN RIDE THIS JUNE LONGWEEKEND 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!
A two day event with plenty of ride options.
On Saturday 10 June there’s the Lap it Up (5, 10 and 20km) for those teenagers who just can’t get enough! Or those finding their feet on single track. For the kids, the Bega Cheese Children’s Chase is also back – in 1km and 3km formats.
On Sunday 11 June the main XC Enduro runs with three options – The King Nelba 75km, the bleating good Goat’s Knob 50km and the rough’n’tuff Bundadung 25km.
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.
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.