Monday, January 24th, 2011
Mountain bike racing is coming to the Sapphire Coast of NSW, with the small town of Tathra to host an epic marathon off-road cycling event in March.

The Country Energy Tathra MTB Enduro (March 26-27) offers a choice of 20, 50 or 100km mountain biking races on trails that capture the best of the region’s beaches, forests and mountains – while pedalling a strong community cause. The event aims to raise awareness of clean energy solutions and further enhance the Bega Valley Shire’s 50/50 by 2020 clean energy campaign.

With a family-friendly beachside location, and a large pool of cash and prizes on offer, organisers are already fielding enquiries from a mix of recreational and professional riders based in NSW, the ACT and Victoria.

“The secret is out – people now know about Tathra’s awesome network of coastal trails and they want to come and race on them,” says course director Jake Iskov.

The Country Energy Tathra MTB Enduro will feature five fun events across the weekend; a 10km timed prologue and two-kilometre children’s race on Saturday (March 26), ahead of Sunday’s marathon King Nelba 100km, Goat’s Knob 50km and the Goolagharl 20km.

The races offer a mix of forest roads, double track and secret stashes of single track deep in the heart of the coastal wilderness. Those familiar with Tathra’s established single trails can rest assured these super quick paths are also in the mix.

Riders entering the 50km race can expect to climb some 1000m, as they race from the beach to the full height of Dr George Mountain, before plunging back down to the sea. Those opting for the epic 100km – King Nelba – can expect plenty more (2300m of climbing), as they tickle the trigs and ride perilously close to the district’s highest point.

“From Tathra Beach to Ford’s Farm, the event offers a rare opportunity to race along the coastline, tracking through reclaimed farmland and the stunning Mimosa Rocks National Park,” says Iskov.

“There are not many races where mountain bikers can get such a diversity of challenging terrain and eye catching scenery”.

As well as raising money for renewable energy projects, the Country Energy Tathra MTB Enduro also aims to build the profile of Tathra as a mountain biking destination.

“With three coastal towns in the Bega Shire now boasting mountain bike trails, an increasing number of cyclists are heading south for adventure weekends,” says Iskov.

“Mandeni and Manna Park at Merimbula, Tathra and Bermagui all have excellent single-trail, and we are finding that cyclists are now travelling to ride these tracks.”

In line with the region’s goal of 50/50 sustainable energy by 2020 campaign, profits from the Enduro will fund a new wind turbine for the Tathra Surf Club and solar panels for the Tathra Uniting Church and the local Aboriginal Lands Council office.

More information on the Country Energy Tathra MTB Enduro, including entry details, can be found on the event website
For information on Tathra and the Sapphire Coast, including accommodation details and booking, can be found by calling toll-free on 1800 150 457 or visiting the website

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Sapphire Coast Tourism

Land of rivers, mountains and beaches, famous for its fishing, whales and cheese, the Sapphire coast is just six hours’ drive south of Sydney.

The allure of the Sapphire Coast is in its sparkling beaches, bays, lakes, cliffs, caves and national parks – all accessible via excellent walking tracks and coastal drives.

The region is renowned for deep-sea fishing off Bermagui, whale watching at Eden, award-winning cheeses at Bega and a rich Aboriginal cultural heritage around Wallaga Lake.
Liz Swanton
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