Here is a race wrap from the ACT crew that recently hit up the Tathra Enduro.
Tathra Enduro 2018, June 11
Bush fires to Bike rides!
With the news of the March 2018 Tathra Bushfires, it seemed that this marque, not to be missed event would definitely be cancelled.
Disappointment rained, not only for the beautiful community of Tathra, but for me and my riding buddies. Tathra is the first event penned in on my calendar every year! Amazing trails at your doorstep, great accommodation options, coffee just across the road and there is even a beach if you’re that way inclined……
Great news arrived a few weeks later, the Tathra Enduro was going ahead!!!
Unfortunately, my preparation for this event wasn’t great. 10 days of daddy daycare followed up with 2 weeks of the flu had left me under prepared like never before for this event. So, on the day before the race, we decided it was a good time to get a little more training in. Anyone who knows Tathra will know that you don’t just go for a cruise. Your options are up and down, and they are not easy ups! 35 km later i was wondering if i had maybe spent my energy reserves to early.
Race day dawned to a cold and dewy morning, 7am rise for an 8.30 kick off. On arrival at the Race HQ, i realized i had left my phone back at camp, luckily only 1 km up the road. Mad dash back to camp then back to Race HQ and my warm up was down.
A reduced number of racers lined up for the King Nelba 75 km Enduro, Andy Blair was the real big name at the event but looking around, i could see i was again, way out of my league. With around 70 starters, this year’s race was smaller than past years, presumably due to the doubt around the fires…..
A casual start to the race and everyone was off along Tathra Road for the starting loop to separate the real racers from the weekend warriors. Back onto the main hill and the views were really quite surreal. Normally at Tathra, you ride just with your group, not being able to see any other racers due to the shear density of the bush. This year, you can see to the horizon through the black stumps. Everyone was in sight, which definitely upped the tempo.
Evil Tom is the first challenge, the hardest part knowing that you will be doing it again later in the race. Down thru bridges which must be one of the best trails in NSW then up again on a refreshed, and tougher Kingys climb. It really is amazing just how many trails they can fit in to a small space down at Tathra, and the quality and maintenance of the trails is second to none.
Leaving the blackened trails of Bundadung behind us and you enter a lush rainforest! Completely untouched by the March fires, these trails are damp and muddy but just as much fun as the others. The pick of the trails out the back being Creek Run and the Quarry with the newly added for 2018 section Naughty providing some hair-raising dips!
Back over to the Bundadung trails for 3 more huge climbs and i came home in a time of 5.54.00 for the 75klm course. A little slower than last year, but, there was a few extra meters of climbing to conquer.
The Tathra MTB Club provides the best trails you could possibly ask for every year! Super clean and tidy, literally raked the day before the race by a bunch of amazing, committed volunteers. Accommodation is super easy at Tathra Beachside with plenty of action for the whole family. If you haven’t ridden Tathra, then i would strongly recommend getting yourself down there for some fantastic trails.
Already looking forward to next year’s race, Viva Tathra, Viva DirtRiders!