ENDURO WITH A NEW TWIST
On Sunday 12 July Noosa is getting down and dirty once again for the annual Noosa Enduro.
The event incorporates two lively and diverse 50km courses, a challenging 100km event -- single speed, only one gear change and a new event, the 10km course which has pleased novice MTB riders.
The course combines a mixture of open fire trail, rollercoaster single track, fast/technical descents, rock gardens and spectacular hinterland and ocean views from several 'look-outs' without having to leave the saddle.
The quickest riders will complete the 100km in less than five hours whilst some will need the 10 hour cut off time to finish.
The SHINE project, a charity established in 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.
Sunday (Registration at race venue, Stan Topper Park, Pomona)
5:15am Rego and late entries open for ALL categories
6:15am Rego and late entries CLOSE for 100km distance
6:30am 100km RACE START
6:30am Rego and late entries CLOSE for both 50km distances
6:45am 50km Intermediate RACE START
7:10am 50km Advanced RACE START
11:00am Check Point Pomona -- cut off time for 100km*
2:00pm Check Point Kin Kin -- cut off time for 100km*
2:30pm (approx) Presentations
4:00pm Overall Event Cut-Off -- COURSE CLOSED
The beautiful township of Pomona, once again plays host to the start and finish of the Noosa Enduro.
The 100km riders will push off at 6:30am down Station St, (with the Intermediate 50km riders start time: 6:45am, once on gravel and under the railway tracks, up a grass fire break and across Yurol Rd into Porters Rd, swinging right into a great new single/double track section leading into an early fun blast down Powerline Ally joining back onto Porters Rd.
Heading right at the T intersection will unveil more new single action before a quick dash across Ringtail Creek Rd into Possum Lane over a small creek crossing onto Private Property -- (Do Not Practice this section). An alternate route -- Ringtail Creek crossing will allow you to seek the fruitful trails of Ringtail State Forest as you progress in a clockwise direction, you explore only the best Ringtail has to offer.
An added feature of this 50km is a short trip on road from the Worm Farm to Alt trail 4, which joins the end of Forest Acres Dr with Gumboil Dr. Taking the Right up the gravel lung-burning climb will see you reach the water towers and check point 1/drink station before heading back down trail 4 onto Forest Acres Dr and back to the Worm Farm, across the creek, homeward bound.
On the return leg, the race follows fire breaks from Ring Tail Creek before crossing Yurol Forest Drive again and onto tracks skirting the forestry ending with a short trip on gravel leading back into Stan Topper Park for the finish of the Intermediate 50k riders and check point 2/drink station for the 100k'rs.
All in all, the first (Intermediate) 50km loop has a few climbs to make your quads feel alive, accompanied of course with some fun downward cruising. Although a little less enduring than the second 50km (Advanced), you had better be on your game to tackle this fast, fun and exuberant course.
Continuing 100km riders and ADVANCED (Kin Kin) 50km riders (start time: 7.10am) will set off out of Pomona towards Cooran via the base of Mt Cooroora. This section has a couple of rocky steep pinches that tax the legs but are perfectly rideable. Following is possibly one of the best few kilometres of fire road in the country. It's mostly down hill and connects beautifully between water bars and the odd off-camber corner. But...it ends with a short mongrel of a hill that only the best will ride.
Turning right into Cooran sees a small stretch of black top. The good news is it's down a massive hill with a left right switch back at the bottom just made for heroics.
Headed out of Cooran on Tablelands Road gives the legs a rest for about three minutes before a right turn into Arthys Road starts the climbing that will be your friend for the next hour or more. Arthys Road climbs relentlessly up the side of the Tablelands Range before heading bush onto 4x4 tracks that just get steeper.
Not long before the welcome Tablelands Lookout is the 'Mother'. This hill is so named as it is the mother of them all. Not overly long, although you can't see the top from the bottom. Not overly rocky, but you have trouble standing on it. Not overly rideable although some reckon they have!!
Having sucked what may seem to be all the oxygen out of the entire universe, and the 'Mother' behind you, the climb continues past the lookout and into Trail Three of the network headed ever upwards over water bars nick named 'stairway to heaven' before coming out onto Woondum Forest Drive Road. A short climb and then...
A right turn on Trail Three sends you plummeting down 'the arm pumper' an amazing two km section of rain forest trail into a rock garden before being spat out onto another forest road, where you will be glad to get some feeling back into those arms.
From here, except for a couple of short steep climbs it's almost all down hill for a while. The rolling nature of the forest fire breaks in this section, and the fact we will have all the gates open on the day, mean you can really let fly as you descend on Johnston's Lookout.
From here it's down hill till you meet Pender Creek Lane and Sister Tree Creek Road for two km's leading into the third check point 3/drink station at Kin Kin Sports Ground for a hard earned pit stop.
After a quick refuel, riders will once again head out of town via Trail three (3) and four (4) and begins with a creek crossing then through farming land. It exits onto Shepperson's Lane before entering Shepperson's Park and climbing the third and last of the huge ranges of the race. The track is easy to ride with a few flat sections to give the legs a rest but towards the lookout its gets mighty rocky and only the trials riders amongst the field will ride one 50 meter section.
From here the track continues up to the top of the range before hurtling down on forest tracks emerging onto Simpson's Road at Cootharaba. It continues onto Cootharaba Road before entering a dairy. Through the yards it climbs again to join Black Pinch Road and shoots across to the orchard and descends a long grassy hill, making the way back to Stan Topper Park, Pomona for the finish of the Noosa Enduro 100km and the Advanced 50k.
Stan Topper Park, Pomona
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