Tathra MTB host 3-hour endurance ride

Social ride: The Tathra MTB Club is inviting everyone for a three-hour endurance ride on the Bundadung loop on Saturday.
Social ride: The Tathra MTB Club is inviting everyone for a three-hour endurance ride on the Bundadung loop on Saturday.

Organisers are encouraging everyone to join in for a “fun and social” bike ride on Saturday at Tathra. 

The Tathra MTB Club is hosting a three-hour endurance event, but said casual riders were welcome to ride for just a portion of the period, or bring some friends and share laps as a team. 

“Grab a mate and swap riders or even just sample it and get a feel for it,” organiser Justin Roscoe says. 

“If you’ve never raced before and you’re thinking about doing the Enduro this [and two follow-up rides] are a good lead up.”

He said there would be a few serious riders going for line-honours, but a majority of the field weren’t “racing for sheep stations” and would be out for the social experience and a leisurely cruise along the single track. 

“It’s all pretty cruisy and we’ve got some nice gentle loops, there’s one climb and then a lot of the circuit is downhill,” he said. 

“We try to be relaxed with our events and it’s all about the social riding.”

For anyone who hasn’t tackled the single track before but is keen to give it a go are all invited. 

Roscoe said there would be roving first-aiders around the course, who can also provide a morale boost, or a bit of guidance around some of the sections. 

He said a number of caretakers had been out on the courses ensuring the tracks were in pristine condition. 

“They were a little dusty, but the recent rain has settled everything and they’re looking fabulous.”

He thanked the team of volunteers who did invaluable work, especially with two more Enduro warm-up rides to go ahead soon and the Enduro itself in June. 

The club will also be launching the next round of the ‘Dirt Grom’ series aimed at the inclusion of juniors between five and 15-years-old. 

“This first one is a bike and helmet safety check and then we'll go do a social ride – a bit of a ‘come and try’ session for the kids,” Roscoe said.  

“Then over the next four weeks we'll do some lessons, skill drills and some races over the next month.

“My daughter is one of those riding, it’s a great way to introduce kids to the network of single tracks around.” 

Registrations for the endurance ride are 1.30-2pm at the Tathra Beach Country Club and entry is just $5. 

You will need a MTBA day licence at a cost of $30 and more details about the licence are available at the Tathra MTB Club Facebook page. 

Racing starts at 2.30pm and Roscoe said he hopes to welcome all riders for a fun afternoon on the Tathra tracks.