Highland Fling 2017 – The Final Fling

This weekend I completed the Highland fling mountain bike race which is the 4th time i’ve completed this race I think. It’s either 3 or 4 times, I loose track from the other races I’ve done. This is probably my 2nd favourite race after the Convict 100.

The course is quite technical through farmland and forest with lots of rocky sections and 3 river crossings, 2 of them so deep you have to wade through carrying your bike.

I had a cold just 2 weeks before the event so my training stopped 🙁 So my plan was not to try and get a good time but just to complete the full 55km (34 miles) distance injury free.

Here’s my riding partner Ian who was leading me and came across the line a few minutes quicker than me in the end.

At the finishing line after a hard, hot and dusty 55km’s (34 miles). My finishing time was 2:51:59. I would be really proud of myself getting under 3 hours because I stopped all my training because of my cold 2 weeks before. so to get in under 3 hours with no training I  was VERY happy.

I think the new Ibis Ripley bike really helped me get a good time, it was the perfect bike for this type of event and gave me an advantage.

I really hope to do some more MTB race events with my mate Ian, we both really enjoy doing them. Its a real challenge, great fun, well run events and great exercise.

Kingscliff weekend Nov 2017

We had a lovely long weekend away to Kingscliff which is on the northern border of NSW and Queensland. You fly into Gold Coast airport and then it’s just a 10 minute drive south of the NSW border.

Being close to Queensland there are lots of strange tropical fruits to try.  Apart from the small orange coloured bananas, we didn’t recognise any of these.

Some of them look even stranger on the inside, the chocolate looking/coloured one didn’t taste like chocolate!

Its very beautiful scenery up there, and even though its only 1 hours flight north of Sydney, its a fair bit warmer on average.

We enjoyed the resort we stayed in a LOT, we would recommend it for anyone, very good for families too. It is called Peppers Salt Resort & Spa – Kingscliff, Tweed Coast

A bit expensive at around $350 night but it included an excellent buffet breakfast each monring and exlcelltn staff and facilities.

This is a cold Mai tai cocktail by the pool, yum!

This is Zara’s first time in a spa/Jacuzzi and she loved the bubbles!

Doesn’t Zara’s face look like a mini Sanna! I think so.