Tathra MTB Enduro welcomes record entries

Airborne: Russell Rodriguez enjoys a bit of air-time during the King Nelba 75km at the Tathra Enduro on Sunday. PIcture: Jacob McMaster
Airborne: Russell Rodriguez enjoys a bit of air-time during the King Nelba 75km at the Tathra Enduro on Sunday. PIcture: Jacob McMaster

Sebastian Weber and Max Preo were the best-performing locals in the Tathra MTB Enduro on Sunday. 

Weber closed out second place in the Mitas 50km event, while Preo secured the runner-up spot in the Tuff 25km ride on the day. 

Top honours were secured by Canberra’s Mark Tupalski in the King Nelba 75km distance, while Ben Henderson claimed his third win in the 50km ride. 

The top spot in the 25km ride went to Sydney visitor Dylan George. 

In ladies results, Cristy Henderson was first home in the 75km distance ahead of Courtney Shinn – but officials commended Shinn’s efforts as one of a few single-speed riders on the day.

Local Zoe Cuthbert headed up the 50km for ladies with an eight minute gap ahead of Elise Burriss. 

The 25km results favoured Rachel Blakers just two minutes ahead of runner-up Maizy Evans. 

However, organisers said the highlight of the event was the record number of entries as 470 riders contested various events over the weekend. 

 An impressive number of entrants took the line in Sunday’s headline events, but officials said an immense jump in entrants in kids events and shorter casual Saturday rides provided the boost to see numbers hit the record high. 

“Entrants ranged from toddlers on balance bikes to world championship hopefuls racing over the five Enduro events,” a spokeswoman said. 

The long-distance 75km ride attracted almost 80 entrants, while the 50km was the largest crowd on Sunday with more than 160 entries and a further 100 in the 25km. 

The spokeswoman said the increased numbers reflected the popularity of mountain biking and the fun reputation of the community-run event. 

Now in its seventh year, officials said word of mouth about the Enduro had been spreading and organisers were delighted to welcome the massive field for the rides in fine, if a bit cool, conditions. 

All three headline races started from the Tathra Beach Country Club where riders rode from a standing start into a short road loop before heading out on to various sections of the the famous Tathra single tracks. 

Officials said some of the hill sections had raised jump features this year to let the riders get a bit of air-time if they dared and some of the corner run offs had been widened in the windy sections to let the fields carry a bit more speed. 

Riders were treated to a bit of entertainment along the tracks, while the “Tathra gorillas” had upped their game this year with fresh bananas for the entrants, adding a bit of potassium for the hill climb sections.

Organisers said the rain earlier in the week had helped limit dusty sections of the track and conditions were idyllic for the ride.