More than 2000 cycling enthusiasts set for Epic
MORE than 2000 cycling enthusiasts are expected to descend on the Lockyer Valley for Australia's pioneer mountain bike marathon, the Flight Centre Cycle Epic.
The countdown is on for the 11th staging of the epic to be held at Spicers Hidden Vale on September 14-15, the weekend of the federal election.
The highlight of the event is the 87km marathon, previously won by some of Australia's biggest names in mountain biking, including world 24-hour champion Jason English, who took out last year's title, and Brisbane's Jodie Willet who has won the women's title thrice.
Epic organiser and track builder Hayden Brooks said he hoped to attract thousands of riders after the success of last year's event, which saw a record 1700 people compete.
"We have received more than 400 entries already for the epic, so it's shaping as another record breaking year," Mr Brooks said.
"The early bird offer has helped entice plenty of entries already and again this year we are seeing quite a few families embracing the event."
As well as the 87km race, there will also be the 50km Pursuit, the 20km Spicers Chaser, Mini and Minor Epics for children, plus a 4.2km free Family Fun Ride.
"There's now something for the whole family, where children can challenge their parents and even their grandparents," Mr Brooks said.
He said organisers had partnered PCS Coaching, which had tailored training plans available for the 87km and 50km at pcscoaching.com.au
The Flight Centre Cycle Epic is one of three annual events held at the 4800ha estate at Spicers Hidden Vale, including the 3PLUS3 race and the KONA 24HR.
Participants who register for the epic by July 1 are eligible for early bird pricing and a complimentary epic cycling jersey.