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Flight Centre Peppers Hidden Vale Cycle Epic

Queensland, October 25, 2003

By Peter Creagh

The inaugural Flight Centre Peppers Hidden Vale Cycle Epic was conducted on Saturday 25 October. A field 376 riders rode the gruelling 107 kilometre course from Preston Peak Wines to Peppers Hidden Vale. This was the first time that an event of this type has been conducted in Australia.

The majority of entrants completed the Epic as solo riders in both the competitive and recreational categories. For 50 per cent of riders, this event was their first experience of racing. It is evident that the Hidden Vale Cycle Epic will become a cult event as it has captured the imagination of a great many riders.

Bushranger Bikes Pty Ltd and Healthwise (Flight Centre Limited) were tasked to promote and manage the mountain bike marathon. The management team deliberately targeted cyclists from all disciplines ignoring the temptation to appeal to the existing traditional tribalism within the sport. As a result, the Epic attracted a wide range of participants from all facets of cycling. It is clear that this event transcends mountain biking.

The event enjoyed strong regional support from local government and media including television, radio and press. These bodies have indicated ongoing support for the Epic due to its positive flow on effect to the districts it impacts.

The 2004 Hidden Vale Cycle Epic is scheduled for 19 September. The event's goals for 2004 include a participation target of 1,000 rider and gaining international standing. Sponsorship enquires: Bushranger Bikes Pty Ltd Ph: (07) 3311 2450.

The 2004 Hidden Vale Cycle Epic categories: 100 km Solo Open Classic, 100 km 2 person teams, 100 km 4 person teams, 50 km Solo Challenge.


Images by Koala Productions 2003


Flight Centre Classic Open Men, 100 km
1 Mark Frendo                                          5.35.26
2 Dan San Martin                                         25.41
3 Roger Hawley                                           27.14
4 Regan Jeffcoat                                         28.36
5 Andrew Mallett                                         28.41
6 David Wright                                                
7 Brett Stevens                                          30.35
8 Bradley Wassmuth                                       30.38
9 Glen Murphy                                            35.17
10 Colin Gill                                            37.23
Flight Centre Classic Open Women, 100 km
1 Emily Maizdga                                        6.35.16
2 Trish Pullos                                            2.00
3 Colette Hallman                                         2.36
4 Diana McPhee                                            5.26
5 Amanda Richards                                        10.22
6 Tanya Britton                                          16.28
7 Sue McConnachie                                      1.04.10
8 Anne Broadbent                                       1.12.31
9 Kerry Whitney                                        1.38.52
10 Sue Broadbent                                       1.39.46
Peppers Hidden Vale Cycle Epic Recreational Men, 100 km
1 Ross West                                            6.34.40
2 Gordon Garradd                                          2.37
3 Craig Daniel                                           14.05
4 Hector Robinson                                        15.36
5 Paul Hooper                                            16.23
Peppers Hidden Vale Cycle Epic Recreational Women, 100 km
1 Alison Blyth                                         8.17.37
2 Lysanne de Graaf                                       56.17
3 Wendy Drury                                          1.07.07
4 Claire Grandison                                     1.21.59
5 Kerry Bull                                           1.24.18
Corporate Traveller Classic - Corporate Teams, 100 km
1 Edmund Park                                          6.34.20
2 Brisbane Aero Engineers                                38.50
3 MLC                                                  1.13.21
Corporate Traveller Classic - Recreational Teams, 100 km
1 DBL Racing                                           5.48.10
2 Dirty Moles                                            13.39
3 A Team                                                 37.53

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