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2014 Highland Fling


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By Brian - Posted on 04 August 2014

When: 
Sunday, 9 November, 2014 (All day)

The meeting times are 'ready to ride'. If you need time to prepare equipment then please arrive a few minutes earlier.

Come Rain or Shine: 
I'll be there, no matter what the weather.
Ride Database Entry: 
Penrose State Forest
Ride Database Entry: 
Wingello State Forest
Meeting Point: 

Quarry and Ferndale Road, Bundanoon, New South Wales

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Details:

Do the Full Fling (approx 110km), the Half Fling (approx 55km), the relay Flinging Threesome or take on the even bigger challenge of the 100Mile Fling

There is also the Casual Fling, a 14km Participation (untimed) Ride for those not feeling up to taking on the races above. An opportunity for those new to mountain biking or those less fit than they’d like to be, to get on a bike at the Fling.

The main racing is on Sunday 9th November but there’s plenty happening on Saturday 8th too including the Rolloff World Championships, the Bundanoon Dash, (including The Battle of The Businesses) a fundraising 6km ‘sprint’ race (it’s not compulsory!) along with entertainment, food & drink, gear displays, demos, Kids MTB Skills Course and more.

http://www.wildhorizons.com.au/highland-fling

Who's in?
Lach, jp, garyinoz, davidren, Blades_Utd, Medigger, Fatboy, gustfront, beetle, pancakes, pommyracer, Tristania, richardgraysydney, bmar560, sikllama, xmas, all74, Jamesy, GarethP, Pyrate (20 riders)
Lach jp garyinoz davidren Blades_Utd Medigger Fatboy gustfront beetle pancakes pommyracer Tristania richardgraysydney bmar560 sikllama xmas all74 Jamesy GarethP Pyrate
What Happened?

Blog entries about this meeting (as this is a race standings and times are shown, click on the title for more and to comment)...

Who Title Status Time Pos.Gen. Category Pos.Cat.
pancakes Fling box ticked Finished Half/Male/Masters
Warthog The Fling - Done and Dusted Finished
jp 10 down, 10 to go. Finished 02:51:18 51 Half/Male/Masters 11
m0k0 First timed event, ever! Finished 03:29:21 228 Half/Male/Veterans 63
sikllama 1101 = 13? Finished 03:37:43 277 Half/Male/Veterans 78
pommyracer 3 steps back at a painful half fling Finished 03:38:50 286 Half/Male/Veterans 81
Lach Flung Finished 03:48:23 324 Half/Male/Super Masters 42
all74 Half Fling II Finished 04:13:13 445 Half/Male/Masters 189
Pyrate First Ever Half Fling Finished 05:08:58 568 Half/Male/Masters 238
Blades_Utd Highland Fling 2014 - how hard can it be? Finished 05:22:25 20 Full/Male/Veterans 2
Chitts A Hard Earned Podium Position Finished 05:23:47 23 Full/Male/Veterans 3
doc Highland Fling 2014 - It doesn't get any easier Finished 05:31:47 31 Full/Male/Masters 8
Tristania It don't mean a thing... Finished 05:35:06 35 Full/Male/Open 2
GarethP That was ouchy! Finished 06:02:43 82 Full/Male/Veterans 25
garyinoz Am I going backwards? Finished 06:09:41 88 Full/Male/Masters 29
bmar560 A painful but enjoyable Fling Finished 06:47:21 153 Full/Male/Veterans 42
Fatboy First DNF for a while Did not finish

Were you there and have a story to tell?

Ride Gallery
Dicko's picture

Really ? In what way ? From the description and the profile sounds the same as previous years

Lach's picture

... including the new sniggle, but if you look at the maps for the first and third stages (or in my case, the whole 50), there seem to be quite a few changes. The intro to today's e mail says as much as well.

Doesn't look like they've brought back The Gauntlet though.....

obmal's picture

I would have been in for another go at the 100 Mile but instead I'm super bummed out about missing my first fling for many years due to work commitments.. but for sure someone here can step up and take on the 100 Mile fling?

bmar560's picture

hi all,
Just wondering if anyone have a gpx file or garmin connect link to show the different loops involved in the Fling ? that they can share with me.
I'm keen to suss it out in the next weeks. From what I can read on their website, the first loop crosses some private property.
Still undecided to go the full or half on my first ever fling.

Thanks all !

Brian's picture

Here is last years profile. It is slightly different this year but it give you the general idea

http://app.strava.com/activities/94216991

bmar560's picture

Thanks Brian!

Lach's picture

... for the Half Fling and for parts 1 and 3 of the Full Fling.

https://www.wildhorizons.com.au/highland-fling/r...

Hard to do any sort of a recce on the new bits as they seem to involve a fair chunk of private property. The Wingello loop looks pretty much the same except for the new sniggle which debuted in the 3 Ring Circus.

gustfront's picture

The route description makes mention of Early Bath, Boags Draft and Pigs Fly but as far as I can tell, the route map goes no where near those sections and takes a major route change from last year. Stage 1 appears to finish broadly along the same route that Stage 3 traditionally started. So the main changes seem to be 2nd half of Stage 1 and the first half of Stage 3 (which seems a little shorter). I can only assume the map is up to date and the route description has not been modified to match the new route.

jp's picture

Hey Mark,

I have passed your comment on to Danien at Wild Horizons and will post his response as soon as I get it.

Cheers,
JP

jp's picture

Here's the response from Danien:

"I had proofed that text, but missed the Boags and Pigs reference. I have updated it now.

So the descrepancy has been found and corrected and yes the route as shown on the interactive maps is correct and has some differences to last year."

Cheers, and happy training - just over 4 weeks to go...

JP

gustfront's picture

Thanks JP.
And I also see there is still an Early Bath, it's just a different Early bath so it all makes sense.

jp's picture

Less than 3 weeks to go… I hope everyone’s training is on track?

I was chatting to the guys at Wild Horizons today and entries are still available but they are getting a lot of last minute interest - if you haven’t entered yet I suggest you do so this week. For anyone who hasn’t done this race before I highly recommend it - it’s definitely my favourite event of the year. This year will be my 10th (I’m halfway to my goal of 20 consecutive Flings!). I'm going down with my family on the Friday so that we can get in a bit of trail riding and bushwalking and enjoy the local area, then join in the festivities in Bundanoon on the Saturday afternoon.

Pyrate's picture

..for the Half Fling - my first one!

Illness has taken the wind out of the sails a bit over the last couple of weeks, so haven't put in as much riding/prep as I would have liked, but this looks like a great event and I am keen just to make it round without any extravagant time goal in mind - just not last!

GarethP's picture

Totally excited! This was my first proper mtb race in 2012. Did a 7:25, then last year a 6:14. This year I reckon sub-6 is on the cards.

I really enjoy this race, the variety of trails, the scale of it and even the hills!

jp's picture

@Pyrate - well done, I'm sure you'll love it. Hopefully you can be in town Saturday arvo for the festivities - the Bundanoon Dash is well worth watching.
@Gareth - 6:14 is a very solid ride, sub-6 would be awesome. I have a confession - after 10 years I'm yet to do the full Fling... Maybe next year.

Brian's picture

Do it this year jp. You've got the legs for it.

sly_artichoke's picture

Rats. Had to cancel my entry yesterday. Got up close and personal with a red ironbark at Kinross Chokky Foot last Sunday and cracked my acromion (look it up), and I have a small pneumothorax (you can look that up too). In a sling for 6 weeks...

jp's picture

Thanks for the vote of confidence Brian. At this late stage, and with all my training focussed on the shorter distance I'll stick with the half. But I will probably do a 100k race next year.

Simon - that is bad luck, sorry you'll be missing the Fling.

Brian's picture

I might be joining you in the 50. I haven't been well so I might change on the Saturday

gustfront's picture

Rode Stage 2 section today. Longer and tougher than last year. On the map the changes appear minor but the additions are all climbs and single track replacing flat fast double-track sections.

Antsonline's picture

I have read and re-read the course description, and also studied the map, and I can honestly not detect a single change in the route to and from Wingello Oval (i.e. Stage 1 and 3).
The timings have changed, but I think the route is the same as previous years...

jp's picture

Hey Anthony,

Have you tried clearing your browser cache and re-loading the web pages? There quite are a few changes... in stage 1 we head north just after the free bike wash, up towards the yacht club, then there are is a "new" early bath, some new private property sections, and we miss pigs fly and boags draft. Stage 3 also has a new private property section before reverting to the old route.

Cheers,
JP

Brian's picture

TBH, In a race I don't generally remember too much of the trail as I'm normally just trying to hold on so the changes won't make much of a difference to me. I just hope the guy in front goes the right way Smiling

Brian's picture

One thing though, will the course changes make it faster or slower? The added single track in the Wingello loop will slow it down.

jp's picture

But I don't think they'll make a lot of difference.

Dicko's picture

Just try and hold 25kmh avg and you will be ok irrespective of what the course is

jp's picture

Spoken like a national XCM champ...

gustfront's picture

And more single track. So it should take longer. 15 to 20 min longer perhaps.

bmar560's picture

bugger seems all the accommodations are booked out for the Saturday night.
Is everyone driving down from Sydney ?

gustfront's picture

I overlaid both in Google Earth and it's apparent the changes in Stage 1 are substantial. See the link below. Black is 2013 route and orange is this year's route.

Fling Stage 1 1013 v 2014

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jp's picture

That illustrates it nicely.

@Mario - yeah, it books out pretty early since there's not a huge amount around there. Camping is probably the best last minute option.

GarethP's picture

I'll be driving from Dee Why on Sunday morning if anyone wants to jump in.

bmar560's picture

Just paid and signed up for the full fling !

I'll drive down on the day too, what's left for accommodation is upwards of $300 so I'd rather use that money for bike parts Smiling

jp's picture

Well done Mario and good luck in the race!

Brian's picture

Nice one Mario.

pancakes's picture

Signed up for the half Fling. Haven't ridden Wingello before so looking forward to going hard in the wrong spots and being totally wrecked for the last quarter or so.

jp's picture

Well that brings us to the last training weekend before the race- what does everyone have planned?

For me, a very early start tomorrow to beat the heat and chase @Tristania around the local trails for 3+ hours (race pace for me, moderate pace for him!) then an easier 3 hour ride on Sunday.

Brian's picture

Yeah it's hot tomorrow. Hopefully its nice and warm for the Fling as well.

bmar560's picture

I'm going down to Wingello tomorrow morning. hoping to get there by 7am and do about 4hrs of riding.

Brian's picture

Tomorrow I'll be enjoying getting my legs ripped off on the Manly Club ride.

jp's picture

Good decision Mario - it will be cooler down there.

You sticking with the full distance Brian? Or doing the half?

Brian's picture

Doing the full

sikllama's picture

After spending every weekend since the Kowalski riding moderately hilly firetrails (Oaks up and back, Wisemans Ferry, Nth Turramurra, Cascades) I'm changing tack this weekend and riding local singletrack for some fun and just a little bit of pain.

A new front tyre and a fork oil change / dust wiper replacement mean the bike is ready to go. Fingers crossed the kids dont bring some new lurgy back from pre school this week Smiling

jp's picture

I thought so Brian - couldn't imagine you doing less!

Rob - are you riding OMV? We'll be passing through there very early.

sikllama's picture

Yep OMV and H2O is the plan though wont be there until sunday arvo due to other committments this weekend.

Tristania's picture

Well at this point the forecast is 32 for Bowral on Sunday, so about 10 degrees above ideal temperatures. Still, better than the "beautiful" weather we had last year of 10, windy and rainy...

Brian's picture
tubby's picture

well that's a big change from the max of 7 last year. going for my first attempt at the full after 2 goes at the half. I'll be puffing along at the tail of the field.

Brian's picture

Yep, no need for arm warmers this year

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