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"I launched the Highland Fling in 2005 partly because
I recognised the Highlands as a great place for such a
mountain biking event and partly because it meant I
didn't have to travel several hours to organise it."
The Fling features a variety of mountain bike races
and rides -- the main event is the 110km Full Fling.
There is also the 100 Mile Fling covering 160 km, the
55 km Half Fling and the 15 km Casual Fling.
The various events see riders weave through farm,
forest and bush tracks from Bundanoon to Wingello
and back depending on the distance selected by
River crossings and other challenges along the track
are also part of the experience.
"In fact there are only two kilometres of sealed road
featured in the Full Fling," Huw said.
The challenges of the local ride and the reputation
earned by Wild Horizons for conducting many
successful cycling events and other adventures has
resulted in the huge popularity of the Highland Fling
which attracts entrants from across Australia and
"In the rst year we limited entries to 700. This was
increased to 1100 in 2006 and it has continued to
grow," Huw said.
"Last year we raised the entry limit to 1500 cyclist and
this year 1700 people will head to Bundanoon to ride
in the various Fling events.
"This year's Fling actually sold out on-line in ve
hours. When we closed entries there were over 2000
people still online trying to get an entry. That is
unheard of in events like this."
Huw proudly touts the bene ts the Fling brings
to the Highlands and especially Bundanoon and
"In addition to the riders there is a team of about
150 people who are involved in the co-ordination
of the event," he said.
"Many of these people are volunteers from local
community groups and charities who in turn
bene t nancially for their e orts.
"Charitable organisations such as the local Lions Club,
the Rural Fire Service, sporting groups and schools
raise funds totalling about $40,000 each year.
"The event is also great for businesses in the area
with accommodation booked out often a year in
Wild Horizons introduced another mountain bike
event to the Highlands in August this year, The 3 Ring
Circus, which attracted over 600 riders.
And Huw is proud that this year introduces a new
bottled water free Bundanoon to visitors.
In fact he has been integral in the move to establish
the Bundy on Tap concept, which has seen
businesspeople and individuals alike move away
from the sale and use of bottled water. >
"I came to Bundanoon and
bought the rst house I'd
ever looked at in my life. It
was just like I was buying
a loaf of bread -- simple."
> Huw Kingston
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