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Friday evening and our Highland Fling journey continues. Riders should have just dried off again before reaching the next milestones; the first of which was captured by Nicole Grimm-Hewitt for our 10th anniversary celebrations, while the second might leave everyone a little (or a lot depending on the weather) damp again.
Most people remember that beautiful section through scribbly gum forest on the GU Stage where Lomandra grasses brush against calves as you climb up from the river on languorously ascending singletrack. Jack’s Jaunt is named after Jack Jeffreys, the owner of the farm on which this delight delights.
Early Bath/New Early Bath
In 2007 170mm of rain fell upon the Southern Highlands in the days just leading up to the Highland Fling. Rivers flooded everywhere. One of the beauties of the region is that once the rain stops, the sandy soils soon drain away and you’re left with tacky trails and perfect riding almost within a day of the deluge. In this year the rain finally stopped on the Saturday morning. Race conditions were perfect but alas the Early Bath, a 10 metre wide crossing of Paddys River in The Ground Effect Stage, stayed resolutely swollen. The water was still, not flowing, but it meant a waist deep wade at best whilst for the shorter of stature the waters lapped against chins with bikes held high above heads. Always unrideable, sometimes cold, often deep, The Early Bath has not featured in the Fling course these past couple of years. However it has been replaced by New Early Bath: always unrideable, sometimes cold, rarely deep and occasionally complete with claw foot bath perched upon the rocks.
If you're just joining us on the journey, you can catch up with what you've missed so far on the website.
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Fancy mountain biking in the Himalaya?
Then why not join us for Mustang Mountain Bike in March next year.
In conjunction with one of our partners World Expeditions, Huw will be leading a ride up into the fabled Kingdom of Mustang in western Nepal.
Check all the details here!
Our thoughts are with the people of Umbria in Italy following yesterday's earthquake. For the past 5 years we have run our Biking the Boot MTB tour that passes close to the affected region. It is a beautiful part of the world and a tragedy for those affected.