5th - 7th august 2022
The inaugural Quad Crown MTB Series event will now be held out of the towns of Eden and Tathra on the Sapphire Coast in NSW.
Located right in the middle of a triangle between Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, the Sapphire Coast is one of Australia’s best kept tourism secrets and soon to become a mountain biking mecca. The stunning coastal region will now host the first Quad Crown event in 2022 and shall offer riders a mini-stage race weekend full of sweet flowing single track, challenging climbs and incredible views, as well as some great NSW southern coast hospitality and enticing tourism activities.
FRIDAY 5th august
Friday afternoon will see riders warm up for what promises to be a huge weekend of riding, so dust off the bike from the trip to the Sapphire Coast and check that everything is running well. The prelude will be at a “Secret Location”, close to Eden and feature a good dose of single track. This stage will be a little longer than some of the other Preludes coming in around 8-10km but will be a good chance for everyone to roll the legs over and catch up for a social drink and feed whilst those pushing for the pointy end race for priority seeding on Stage 1.
Saturday 6th august
Tathra North inc. Mogareeka
The beautiful town of Tathra is a little over 30 minute drive north of Eden and offers some outstanding mountain bike trail riding set against a beautiful coastal backdrop. The Tathra Beach Country Club will play host to both stages on the Saturday, allowing all riders to come in and get setup and stay in the one spot! Stage 1 will begin with a ride north out to Mogareeka, crossing the bridge over the Bega River inlet, overlooking Tathra Beach to the east. A loop of trails at Mogareeka and Moon Bay will break up the field before they return to the Country Club then tackle the brilliant array of single tracks at Tathra. This is where the fun will crank right up with the final 20km of the stage incorporating the best of the local loop of the single trails around Tathra and Bundadung, including Evil Tom, Hatti Gatti, Kingys, Nizentite, Soft Sally and Anchors Away. Once riders finish the stage they can kick back and relax around the beautiful Country Club at Tathra or make their way to the beach to cool off before getting ready for the afternoon stage.
SATURDAY 6TH AUGUST
Tathra South inc. White Rock & Games Bay
Back to back stages out of Tathra for the inaugural Quad Crown event is going to be a treat! Stage 2 will begin with some climbing to break up riders before you head south from Tathra toward Games Bay and Kangarutha Point. Whilst we haven’t been able to get permission to use the Fireshed Trails for the inaugural event, the riding will still be fun yet challenging as we traverse the White Rock Road loop out and back. Then riders will experience the Tathra trail network for a second time but with a twist, as new trails are added and some are ridden in reverse making the whole single track alignment totally fresh and unrecognisable from the morning stage, thanks to the input from members of the local club who got involved in this stage design. A cold beer will be waiting at the finish line at the Country Club before riders and their crew head off to enjoy one of the many fine restaurants along the coast between Tathra and Eden, and recharge their batteries for the final stage on Sunday.
SUNDAY 7TH AUGUST
Eden and Freshwater Creek Trails
There is a mountain bike trail revolution coming to Eden with 50km of new trails planned for the town over the coming 12 months, with Contour Works beginning construction in May. The final stage of the inaugural Quad Crown event will start and finish from the Eden Gardens Country Club and head out to the north west of town into the area where all the new trails will soon be built. Don’t be fooled by the short distance for Stage 3 as it will feature around 900m of climbing which is going to be a solid test one and all. What you will experience in Stage 3 is the tremendous elevation that the area enjoys as well as the amazing landscape, which will present a sizeable challenge over the first half of the stage before riders come into the old single trail network at Freshwater Creek to enjoy the twists and turns for the final 10km before coming back to the finish at the Country Club. The celebratory drinks will be well earned and everyone will have got a taste of the amazing landscape that will be flush with new trails for the follow up event in 2023.