It’s almost Fling time!

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Words by Chris Southwood | Images by Wild Horizons

There’s less than one month to go until The Flinging Scotsman departs Central Station in Sydney and delivers eco savvy mountain bikers to the 2012 Briars Highland Fling – Australia’s largest mountain bike marathon and the final race in the 2012 Real Insurance XCM Series, now in its eighth year!

The Fling is always ripper day in the NSW Southern Highlands. Just keep some fuel in the tank for those final climbs!

 

Every year, the Fling has a theme, and for 2012 it’s See Yourself. Expect lots of mirrors on course to give you a look at just how haggard you actually appear at the top of the climbs! Or perhaps you see yourself stomping your way to the win?

The Fling is all about sustainability too, so the Wild Horizons mob have organised ‘The Flinging Scotsman’,  a special charter train to take riders from Central Station to Bundanoon (and return). At $29 it’s cheaper than petrol, speeding tickets can be avoided and race strategies can be planned on route. Then of course there’s the benefit of sleeping all the way home to Sydney after racing hard.

The Flinging stars of tomorrow aren’t left out of the Fling either, so over the weekend there’s a kid’s skills clinic plus the Todds Real Estate Kid’s Fling where they can put it all into practice – 170 kids raced last year.

In addition tho the 110km Full Fling and 55km Half Fling, there’s also the 100Mile Fling – we expect these longer mega-endurance format formats of 150km plus are about to explode. There are other weekend highlight races to keep the legs turning too, with the fast and furious Bundanoon Dash, the 14km Casual Fling, and local legends will contest the Battle of the Businesses dressing up bike and rider.

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