Riders brace for Epic problem on spectacular tracks
ONE of Australia’s hardest marathon mountain bike occasions has been cleared to go forward, with greater than 700 members set to converge on Hidden Vale Journey Park this weekend.
The 2-day 99 Bikes Cycle Epic, now in its 18th yr, guarantees an action-packed program for all ages and talents – with occasions starting from 22 kilometres to the gruelling 100 kilometre Epic.
The Epic is staged on the spectacular winding tracks by way of Hidden Vale at Grandchester.
A brand new period within the sport was launched when a bunch of mates challenged themselves on an epic path experience nearly twenty years in the past.
Race organiser Hayden Brooks mentioned the E-bike pleasant race card would have “one thing for everybody” from prime rivals to households merely eager to get pleasure from a day exploring world-class bike trails.
“E-bikes are allowed, making the weekend accessible for all health ranges,” Brooks mentioned.
“We’re thrilled to have this yr’s occasion proceed regardless of earlier uncertainty on account of COVID-19 restrictions, and to take care of our unbroken file as one among Australia’s premier cycle occasions.
“Whereas the occasion usually attracts 1500 riders and 2000 spectators throughout the weekend – and we’ve needed to cap the numbers this yr – the motion shall be each bit as coronary heart thumping.
“Some members have been with us proper from the beginning, with their private aim to notch up 20 occasions.
“With a few of them now within the mid to late sixties, they understandably want to be certain they don’t miss any possibilities now.’’
With help from Merida and Norco, the weekend begins with the 99 Bikes 55 kilometre pursuit on Saturday at 8am, adopted by the Allclear 22 kilometre Chaser at 2pm.
On Sunday, the 99 Bikes Cycle Epic and the Merida 55 kilometre Pursuit 55 each set off at 8am.
Among the many prime line rivals collaborating is multi-disciplined world biking champion Jared Graves, who will fulfil a long-held ambition when he traces up for the primary occasion on Sunday.
Contemporary from victory on this month’s 97 kilometre Gatton to Warwick Cunningham Traditional street biking race, the extremely versatile Graves, 37, is now aiming for a serious marathon mountain biking title this yr.
“I’m in good kind proper now and to get straight to the purpose, I’m in it to win it,” Graves mentioned.
Together with his participation within the European Enduro mountain bike season foiled this yr as a result of pandemic, the Toowoomba-based rider mentioned: “I’ve all the time needed to race within the Epic, however with racing in Europe for the previous 18 years I haven’t had the possibility to do this till now.
“Marathon mountain biking could be very totally different from what I do internationally, however I’m actually wanting ahead to it. It will likely be an excellent take a look at – particularly because it enters the final couple of hours.”
Brooks mentioned the winner of the 100 kilometre epic was anticipated to take about 4 and a half hours to finish the course, which includes round 2000 metres of elevation to check the resolve of rivals.
“There isn’t any query the primary race is a tricky occasion,’’ he mentioned. “The tracks are in prime situation nonetheless and we’re anticipating some robust competitors throughout the sector.”
Hidden Vale Journey Park is a 4,800-hectare property that includes greater than 110 kilometres of trails in style with cyclists, runners and hikers from round Australia.
Along with leisure use, adventures and guided excursions, the paths host a spread of normal competitions.
New-age E-bikes can be found for rent, whereas shuttle providers can take park customers to the upper factors of the property to get pleasure from all kinds of tracks and terrain.
To search out out extra or to register for the occasion, go to http://www.cycleepic.com/) electronic mail firstname.lastname@example.org or name 0414 343 579.