Final Highland Fling, Sunday, November 12

END OF AN ERA: Lorraine McNamara, Nick Bayfield, event founder Huw Kingston and Patrick McNamara at the final Highland Fling on November 12. Photo: Emily Bennett
END OF AN ERA: Lorraine McNamara, Nick Bayfield, event founder Huw Kingston and Patrick McNamara at the final Highland Fling on November 12. Photo: Emily Bennett

The final Highland Fling went out with a bang.

The event was held in Bundanoon on Sunday, November 12.

About 1200 riders took part in the ride, which varied in distance with 23 kilometre, 55 kilometre, 110 kilometre and 160 kilometre routes.

Riders travelled from across the Highlands and Australia.

International riders also travelled from New Zealand and different parts of Europe to take part in the last event.

About 2000 supporters showed up on the day to support the riders as they crossed the finish line.

Founder Huw Kingston said he was pleased with the support shown for the final Fling.

“All good Flings must come to an end,” Kingston said.

“[The support] makes me feel good. It’s an iconic event in the Australian calendar.”

Kingston said a variety of people took part in the annual cycling event.

“You have Olympic riders. You have people recovering from illnesses and this is their goal.

“There’s so many stories of people using the Fling as a way to get fit and enjoy the great outdoors.”

Rider Adam McGrath, who has participated in every Highland Fling since 2005, said he enjoyed the final event.

“It has a really good track. It was nice to have the track changed up this year,” he said.

“It’s sad that it’s finished. I hope it makes a comeback.”

Kingston said there was many memorable stories from the Fling over the years.

“A couple of years ago a guy carried an engagement ring carried across the finish line and proposed to his partner,” he said.

“We’ve had a few stories like that.” 

The event raised funds for Save the Children, which is Australia’s largest aid and development agency dedicated to helping children.

While the final tally hasn’t been determined yet, Kingston said he expected the total to be at least $50,000.

“We lead luxurious lives with expensive bikes and cars,” he said. “A huge chunk of the world doesn’t have what we have. 

“It’s a great thing to support them.”

  • Find out the results in Wednesday’s News.