Tathra Enduro Children's Chase and Have-A-Go races

THE Tathra MTB Enduro began on Saturday with the Bega Cheese Children’s Chase and the Have-A-Go events, with the participants beginning the track at the Tathra Beach Country Club.

“There’s a really nice vibe down here,” one of the Enduro organisers Stacey George said.

“Lots of people are giving the track a ride.

“It’s been fantastic.”

Around 50 entered into the Have-A-Go event, where the participants could choose to ride 5km, 10km or 15km along the track.

There had been 52 children in the Children’s Chase, and while there had been a few dropped bike chains, there were “smiles all around and a sense of achievement” according to Ms George.

Ruby O’Leary, 9, and Carly van Bracht, 8, were two of the participants in the Children’s Chase and both agreed the race was “good”.

Ruby has been cycling for three or four years, and Carly has been cycling for four.

According the Ruby, the best part of the day was riding, and Carly thought it was when she got to have lemonade because she crashed her bike while on a steep hill.

Ms George said while there were winners, the emphasis was on participation in these events.

She said the participants had “embraced the idea of the event”, which was to have fun and have a go at bike riding.

She said the weather was “perfect” and she hoped it would stay the same for Sunday’s races.

Around 330 had registered for Sunday’s races so far, and Ms George was interested in seeing how many there were by the end of Saturday, at 5pm when the registrations close.

There were 400 riders in 2013, including those who entered in the Children’s Chase and Have-A-Go races, and Ms George thought there would be more this year.

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