The Highland Fling Mountain Bike Marathon sold out just five hours after registration opened on Thursday, July 9 at 6:00 am. Wild Horizons, the organizers, said that once all 1,500 places were booked, another 2,000 people tried to register, showing an unprecdented demand for an Australian event.
The Highland Fling, scheduled for November 7-8, 2009, starts and finishes in the small town of Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands of NSW.
The Fling, which doubles as the Australian Mountain Bike Marathon Championship, is the largest sporting event in the district and two years ago was the first cycling event in Australia to go carbon neutral. It winds a route through farmland, forest and villages and includes the Full Fling (110km), Half Fling (55km), 100Mile Fling (160km) and Casual Fling (15km)
"It has been a big week for Bundanoon. We knew the event would sell out quickly; given it took two weeks in 2008, so we thought perhaps a week this year," said Event Director Huw Kingston. "When we first tried to open entries at 4:00 pm on the 1 July, the demand crashed our web server."
"When we tried again a week later, the server was better prepared but we were still taken aback by the speed the event sold out. It certainly shows the regard in which the event is held and the growing interest in cycling in general. We're sorry for those who did not get in this time, particularly those who had already booked flights, accommodation etc for the weekend. As always the Bundanoon community looks forward to welcoming the mountain bike community to town for the weekend."
For more information on the event, visit www.wildhorizons.com.au.