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Will I be fit enough for big rides on consecutive days? How technical will the terrain be? Will my XC 100mm dualie be suitable? What gearing do I need? Unpredictable alpine weather, what clothing? What about the other people? Will we get on? Will my roomie snore?
These were just a few of the questions Matthew Walker asked himself before signing up to our 2017 Biking the Boot Tour.
Here's his answers...plus more, in his post-Biking the Boot review. Some great reading!
2018 tour dates are 12 May to 1 June
Huge thanks for everyone's supportive messages for our deliberations on the Fling/Bundy Run future; they're really appreciated.
We appreciate the various suggestions as to potential new partners for the events.
Quite a lot of people have asked about contacting Wingecarribee Shire Council, our local council, to show their support. Probably the best way is to send an email addressed to the Mayor and General Manager to email@example.com
Future of Highland Fling & Bundy Run Events
For over a dozen years The Highland Fling has been one of the largest and most iconic mountain bike events in Australia - bringing together an incredible community of riders, supporters, sponsors, local community groups and local businesses to celebrate a festival weekend of all things MTB.
In 2015 we grew this weekend to include the Bundy Run, and in doing so grew our community of outdoor enthusiasts. This young event attracted a new outdoor audience and excitingly saw a solid increase in numbers year-on-year.
The Highland Fling has put millions of dollars into the regional economy and has contributed over half a million dollars to local community and charitable causes. The Fling, as it is affectionately known, has long been the largest fundraiser for many local community groups involved.
The organiser, Wild Horizons, is Australia’s longest established adventure event organiser and has, for 20 years, worked across NSW, interstate and overseas on such events.
2017 should be the 13th running of the Highland Fling weekend. But the number 13 is living up to its reputation and the future of the Fling, along with the Bundy Run, is hanging in the balance due to a variety of reasons. Key amongst these include the loss of a couple of key sponsors that impacts the viability of the events. Added to this is the continuing lack of support from local government. This has been a thorn in the side of the event for many years despite it being, for a long period, the largest sporting event in the Southern Highlands region.
We’re still searching for replacement Sponsors, investigating additional funding, and looking at what else we can do to make these events happen in 2017. What we won't do however, is bring an event that is anything less than our best. We also recognise that in recent years many of the big MTB events across Australia have stopped being run for a variety of reasons and we are keen to ensure the Fling does not follow this path.
We’ll keep you updated with a decision in the coming two weeks.
From the horses mouth......
Below are just some reasons to join us in Italy for Biking the Boot 2018 (12 May-1 June). Places are going fast and remember all bookings received before the end of June receive a $500 discount. Details and bookings on www.wildhorizons.com.au
"The scenery was jaw-dropping, the food fantastic, the organisation was impeccable and the accommodation was perfect. And to top it off, the group was a really fun bunch to ride with. It truly was the trip of a lifetime." - Gregg, Canberra
"Great route, brilliant group, seamless logistics and fun all the way. An astounding mountain bike holiday by any measure. I'm already clearing the diary for next year!" - Mark, Barcelona
"This was my 2nd time doing the Biking the Boot tour. I thought it would be hard to beat the 2013 experience, but with 3 weeks of perfect weather the trip was even more amazing. The people I got to meet on both tours were like friends I have known for decades. I will definitely be back again." - Liam, Perth
"The formula of riding scenic and often challenging back country areas, staying at small hotels in the company of a like-minded group, drinking beer and prosecco, enjoying food, and piss-taking in classic Wild Horizons manner - is very appealing!" - Russ, Sydney
"The route the tour took showcased the spectacular scenery of Umbria, Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna and then the mighty Dolomites. Great riding, terrific people, spectacular country made for a totally unique opportunity to experience Italy." - Catherine, Canberra
Down to the sea.....
After 3 weeks on the Biking the Boot tour Huw and a few of the crew have headed from Italy to Croatia on a bit of a reconnaissance to check out some island trails, new cuisine and the odd swim.