The Noosa Enduro will make its return this year following a 10-year hiatus. Pictured are riders in action during the 2008 event. Picture: Andrew Seymour
The Noosa Enduro will make its return this year following a 10-year hiatus. Pictured are riders in action during the 2008 event. Picture: Andrew Seymour

Entries flood in for off-road cycling festival’s revival

The revival of an epic off-road cycling festival after a 10-year hiatus has generated an "amazing response" as an influx of riders rush to get their spot.

After more than 10 years the Noosa Enduro will make it's return to the tracks and trails of the hinterland from July 31 to August 1.

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Originally the brainchild of USM's Geoff Myer and local resident Scott Woodward, the event was championed by none other than Garth Prowd, Godfather of Australian triathlon, pioneer for Australian sport and a passionate athlete advocate.

Prowd tragically died three years ago and since then sons-in-law ProcuSports founders and former professional cyclists Matt Wilson and Ben Kersten have looked for ways to continue his legacy.

In a "light bulb moment" during the COVID-19 lockdown some old footage of the event was discovered and a call was made to restart it.

"It's incredible (to revive it)," Noosa Enduro director Matt Wilson said.

"I never got the chance to do the event originally but I obviously knew of its existence and it's always been in the back of my mind to try and bring it back.

"Then when Covid hit it was a bit of a light bulb moment that this might be a great time.

"There's an appetite for it and we're super excited to bring it back."

Jason Blair following Imogen Smith in the 100km Noosa Enduro in 2008. Picture: Andrew Seymour
Jason Blair following Imogen Smith in the 100km Noosa Enduro in 2008. Picture: Andrew Seymour

Riders have been quick to snap up their spot's for the event's return, with entries flooding in.

"It's been an amazing response we've had from sponsors to participants and those in the community getting behind it," Wilson said.

"We're filling up very fast."

There are a number of different rides on offer, with 100km and 60km Noosa Enduro races on the Saturday and 150km and 90km Noosa Dirty Fondo rides on the Sunday.

Wilson said there were up to 1500 spots on offer for the Saturday enduro's with up to 1500 for Sunday's fondo rides.

"Back in the day it was almost a pioneering event and nothing existed like that," he said.

"It was one of the first of its kind and a bit before it's time to be honest.

"Now, we're seeing a massive uplift in all off road cycling, especially gravel riding and e-bikes and thinks like that.

"The course suits today's rider much better than it did 10 years ago."


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