Video: Seven and a half hours at the CamelBak Highland Fling

Words by Flow | Images by Flow/Mark Watson

The 2013 CamelBak Highland Fling took place in conditions that would’ve made a Scotsman feel right at home. After eight gloriously sun-kissed Flings, this year’s edition took place under gloomy, drizzly skies.

While there were a few PA heckles served up to riders who pulled the pin (must be made of sugar) over 1700 pros and punters still fronted up to tackle the Half Fling (58km), Full Fling (116km) and the Hundred Mile Fling.

The racing was hard fought, as it always is for this prestigious marathon event, but we’ll admit to our own degree of softness; with the rain chucking down, the comfort of a warm van was too tempting for us and we pulled stumps before the Elite Women came across the line. Apologies to Peta Mullens, who rode by herself all day long to clinch the victory ahead of WA’s Jo Bennett.

Keeping toasty pre-race.

Keeping toasty pre-race.

Conditions were cold enough to turn your head and feet blue.

Conditions were cold enough to turn your head and feet blue.

Heavy hitters.

Heavy hitters; Dylan Cooper would pull the pin with cramps, while Blair and Johnson would grab second and first respectively.

Gary Millburn won the competitive Half Fling convincingly.

Gary Millburn won the competitive Half Fling convincingly.

Mark Tupalski was undisputedly the strongest rider on the day, but he worked too hard on his own and was caught with just a couple of kays to go.

Mark Tupalski was undisputedly the strongest rider on the day, but he worked too hard on his own and was caught with just a couple of kays to go.

 

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