ORGANISERS of the Tathra Enduro mountain bike race are “gutted” at having to postpone the popular event.
With recent rain and predictions of gale-force winds and 40mm of rain over the weekend, the organising committee held a meeting on Friday, making the tough decision to postpone the races until the June long weekend.
Tathra MTB club spokesperson Stacey George said “unfortunately the weather has forced our hand”.
“People’s safety is paramount,” George said.
“The safety of our riders and the volunteers out on the track.
“If we can’t guarantee their safety we don’t want to put them out there.
“We also need to protect our track.
“It’s taken us 14 years to build these tracks, which are a fantastic asset to the town.
“Three or four people might say ‘it’s fine, the track is great’, but if we put 400 riders over them it can turn boggy and break apart.
“Months of preparation go into it and up until this last lot of rain the track was beautiful.
“But we’ve pored over everything, Andy [Johnson] has been walking the track – the last lot of rain was the tipping point.
“We are really disappointed.”
George said those riders already registered for the weekend will have option available as to how they proceed.
She said their registration can be rolled over to the June long weekend if they wish, or there is the option of a 70 per cent refund of their rego fee.
Alternatively they can donate their fee to the community solar farm.
George said the organising committee would be emailing all registered participants in coming weeks to outline their options.
“We want to thank everyone for their support and assure people we are still going ahead,” she said.