THE FINAL FLING – IT’S TIME TO SPLIT
…But not before we hand over some serious cash to Save the Children Australia
“My first Fling in 2005 was the day that changed my life.” Jonathan Packard
This coming weekend, Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 November, the beautiful town of Bundanoon in New
South Wales Southern Highlands will host the Final Fling – the iconic Highland Fling mountain bike
marathon that for 13 years has captured the hearts of mountain bikers to become one of Australia’s
longest running, most iconic and most loved mountain bike events.
This love for the event has seen a fantastic show of 1200 riders registering to have one Final Fling –
helping to raise some significant funds for Save the Children Australia by doing so.
“Wild Horizon’s events have been an important cornerstone to me realising what I could achieve on a
bike and as a person. I’ve learnt a lot, had blood, tears, hangovers, friendships and sheer delights becau
se of them. They’ve inspired me to go on to do other things; on the bike and off of it, for which I will be
forever thankful.” Craig Armour
The Final Fling will have a mountain bike festival feel with the event HQ being set up at Ferndale Oval
across the entire weekend with a host of activities on Saturday to warm everyone up for the main racing
on Sunday. Activities include the return of the original weekend sprint race, the Bundy Clock Challenge
to determine who can sprint a set loop in the fastest time; as well as more recent event additions such
as the Rolloff World Championships.
Saturday in 2017 will also see the running of the ever popular Kid’s Fling. Registration for this race is
taken on the day, so we’re looking forward to a strong field and plenty of spectator support!
On Sunday, riders will race across three distances: The Some Fling (23km), Half Fling (55km) and Full
Fling (110km). Riders who have done more than a few recent Flings will recognise the return of some early days trails, and all Full Flingers can look forward to the chance to ride some of Wingello’s much-loved singletrack in reverse.
“I’d like to thank all at Wild Horizons for running THE most iconic MTB race in Australia.” Jason Moxham
Whilst this year’s Final Fling is a fundraiser for Save the Children, it doesn’t mean the racing will be any
less fierce, with key elite riders keen to claim the Final Fling as their own – 2016 winner Brendan
Johnston will be on the line hoping to claim to title once again, but we’re pretty sure 13-time Flinger
Andy Blair would consider it fitting to have this one for himself and repeat his 2015 triumph.