McNamara blitzes King Nelba at Enduro

Speed and tricks: Tathra's Charlie Todd took line honours in the Mitas 50km event ahead of a field of 150 riding one of the new e-bikes. Picture: Jacob McMaster.
Speed and tricks: Tathra's Charlie Todd took line honours in the Mitas 50km event ahead of a field of 150 riding one of the new e-bikes. Picture: Jacob McMaster.

The Tathra Mountain Bike Enduro attracted huge fields over the weekend.

About 300 people took part in Sunday's major distance rides alone, while officials said they were also thrilled with the response in the shorter Lap-it-Up and junior distance events on Saturday.

Brisk conditions greeted the early risers on Sunday morning at the Tathra Beach Country Club staging area, but conditions quickly warmed with riders able to enjoy filtered sunshine along the sweeping bushland bends.

The Mitas 50km event was one of the biggest yet with a field of 150 cyclists taking part, while the later 25km event also attracted more than 100 entries.

Tathra's own Charlie Todd took line honours in the debute e-bike class finishing the 50km event in the impressive time of two hours, 10 minutes.

Just 45 seconds behind was the leading pedal-power rider with under 19s contender Dylan George heading up the pack in two hours and 11 minutes.

Matt McCauliffe was third, finishing just a further four minutes behind the leading pair of riders.

There were 18 ladies in the 50km course and the leader was Sam Reinhardt, finishing the course in two hours and 54 minutes.

Runner-up was Tara Sutherland just four minutes behind the event leader, while the winning e-bike rider was Bernadette Serone with a time of three hours and 19 minutes.

In the 75km King Nelba event, Callum McNamara set the pace from the outset and never dropped his form to lead all the way to the finish with an 8am start for competitors.

McNamara held the edge in every loop of the track to establish a five-minute lead, finishing the course in blistering pace of three hours, 45 minutes and 17 seconds.

His nearest rivals were remarkably both in their 50s with Paul Morgan finishing a close second with three hours and 50 minutes, while third fell to Trent Moore just two minutes and 30 seconds further behind.

Suzie Kluth was the leading women's rider, wrapping up 75km of pristine Tathra single track in four hours, 28 minutes.

Runner-up was Ebony Tanzen finishing in four hours and 44 minutes, with third place to Claudia Fiess in five hours 27 minutes with just four women contesting the weekend's longest distance.

Paul Cuthbert was the best of the singlespeed riders - finishing fourth in the King Nelba event.

Livia Todd and Lloyd Campbell were the 25km winners, both finishing in just over an hour with E-bikes from runners-up Bev Anderson and David Medlock.

Officials thanked everyone who took part on the weekend and said all proceeds will help local community organisations and maintain the trails for everyone to enjoy.