The Highland Fling, Australia’s MTB Marathon Championship, is a mountain bike marathon for all. It offers a scenic and challenging route through forests and farmland around Bundanoon in the southern highlands of New South Wales.  Riders face hammering singletrack, forest tracks, dirt road and less than 2km of blacktop surface.

Some 2000 bikers will be riding in the main events, which are already sold out.

There’s the Full Fling (approx 110km), the Half Fling (approx 55km), the relay Flinging Threesome or the biggest challenge, the 100Mile Fling.

Entries are still available in the Casual Fling, a 14km participation (untimed) MTB ride for those not feeling up to taking on the main races.  For younger riders there’s the Kids Fling (4-11 year olds) and a new What-The Fling for 12-15 year olds.

Bundanoon was the first town in the world to go bottled water free, taking a stand in 2009 against the environmental effects of putting water into plastic bottles and trucking it around the country.  There’ll be no bottled water at the Highland Fling.

Although the main race is on 14th November, there’s plenty happening on Saturday 13th, including the Bundanoon Dash, a fundraising 6km ‘sprint’ race, plus entertainment, winery rides, gear displays and demos.

Next event date:
Saturday
13 and Sunday 14 November 2010
Enter Nowwww.wildhorizons.com.au/highland-fling

 

What a combination!  Visit that jewel in the crown that is Marlborough and take along your running shoes. The brainchild of cycling event organiser Pete Halligan it is, in his words, “time we gave non-cyclists a reason to visit our beautiful region”. Best known for the Forrest Graperide (the largest cycling event in the South Island), Halligan and his team look forward to bringing their brand of event presentation to the marathon.

The course starts and finishes in the picturesque gardens of Seymour Square in central Blenheim. Leaving town via the Taylor River walkway, the course passes the Omaka airfield then enters vineyard country from the Benmorven area to the Fairhall golf course where the half marathon course turns back to town past the vineyards of New Renwick road.  Full course runners are treated to the beautiful vistas of the Brancott Valley and a traverse through private land leading into Hawkesbury and the Omaka Valley. Exiting the valley, the course remains largely flat as it returns to the finish.

Organisers are offering 10km and 5km options so that there are distances for all who wish to compete. If the finish line at their cycling events is any indication, be prepared for a great time at the finish of the first Marlborough Marathon.

Next event date:
Saturday 4 December 2010

Enter Nowwww.marlboroughmarathon.co.nz
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