10th September 2016

The award-winning Flight Centre Cycle Epic is a great mountain biking tradition that began in 2002 with a bunch of mates challenging themselves on a 117km epic trail ride.

Over the past 13 years, the EPIC has gone through multiple evolution’s, most recently due to the 2011 floods which destroyed much of the track infrastructure. The track-building team have worked hard to develop extensive tracks of an international standard – creating rides that cater for different ages and skill levels.

We have attended the epic as a sponsor for several years now and it’s always a great family weekend at the beautiful Spicers Hidden Vale retreat.

The week leading up to the event was pretty glorious Queensland spring-time weather; around 23° with just a few clouds in the sky. That all changed on Saturday as the rain came in. This, however, did not deter the runners and riders participating in Saturday’s event (we’re pretty sure all the kids thought it was the best time ever rolling around in so much mud), but it did lead to a slippery trail and a whole lotta mud.

The Yakima Yak (loving the cooler, wet conditions) made an appearance at the start line cheering on riders. There were a few instances of a cheeky tail pull or 2, but the Yak - being the good spot he is - went along with it.

Yakima debuted a Tyre Pumping Station at the event. It was well received by riders and gave us a great opportunity to check out people’s rides.

Fortunately the weather on Sunday could not have been any different for the main event, sunny and 26°. Although after 4 hours of hard riding, we suspect some of the riders we wishing for some cloud cover.

We had a great time talking to riders and their families alike and want to congratulate all who participated in a tough event, made event tougher this year by the weather conditions.




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