SEE NOOSA THE HARD WAY - THE NOOSA ENDURO
On Sunday August 6 Noosa will unveil its' latest adrenaline filled pursuit to the burgeoning events calendar - adventure mountain bike racing, offering another exciting and challenging option for sports enthusiasts and certainly not for the feint hearted.
USM Events Noosa Enduro Project Manager Geoff Meyer says Noosa is already recognised as an ideal location to experience and host a variety of diverse activities.
"The idea of an adventure mountain bike ride has been in the planning stages for the past few years, our challenge was finding courses outside protected National Park lands."
"The event was a brain child of Noosa Council, SHINE committee, local police, mountain bike riders and experts of Noosa's trail network," said Mr Meyer.
The Noosa Enduro is a 100km or 50km adventure bike race and anyone contemplating entering should do so with the correct preparation and fitness. The Noosa Enduro website has a number of helpful articles and tips on training and race preparation, detailed course terrain/maps for both events, advice for support crews, check points and much more.
The courses take in some of Noosa's prime off-road real estate and will take competitors through stunning tails, tracks, tablelands and three major climbs at Mt Tinbeerwah, Sheppersons Hill and Cooran Tablelands Range that boasts the hill nicknamed 'Mother'. This hill is so challenging, Cycleogical will present a $500 gift voucher to the first rider to ride the 'Mother' with no foot placed on the ground. The quickest riders will complete the 100km in less than five hours, some will need the 10.5 hour cut off time to finish.
The SHINE project, a Noosa Shire Council charity established 2004 will be the event beneficiary. The SHINE project supports the provision of services and infrastructure to assist victims of Domestic and Family Violence on the Sunshine Coast. To date they have built three houses in one week-end with the amazing support of community workers.
The Noosa Enduro aims to raise money in support of the SHINE project with a view to building more facilities and providing additional services throughout the Sunshine Coast.
A total of $5000 in prize money is up for grabs in the 100km event with categories for male and females covering Elite, Open (18-39), Veteran (40-49), Vintage (50+). There is also a team's category, maximum of 3 competitors, first elite team across the line will pick up $1000. The 50km offers similar category options - Open (16-39), Veteran (40-49) and Vintage (50+) for male