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Outback Odyssey – 2013!

DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF THE FLINDERS RANGES BY BIKE Where? Adelaide to Blinman When? 11- 25 May 2013 What? 14 days of off-road touring Distance? 900+ km (if you do full Mawson – mini’s available) Level? Moderate (it’s not a technical route, but it is about fitness) Join Bicycle SA on a fully supported 900km, 15-day epic journey along the iconic Mawson Trail in South Australia. Starting in Adelaide and finishing in the heart of the spectacular Flinders Ranges Outback with a refreshing pint in hand, each day is an adventure shared with friends – new and old. Experience indigenous flora and fauna while challenging yourself on a mix of easy fire trail and fun-flowing single-track – like Andy says, “sore bum and legs but I’m smiling…the Outback Odyssey was SENSATIONAL. Everyone had a ball.” Shorter options are available over 5 or 6 days. Numbers strictly limited to 200 seats. For info and to register, visit bikesa.asn.au/outbackodyssey or call 08 8168 9999.

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FTF 2012 Wrap Up

Sadly the Fat Tyre is over BUT we look forward to 2013!! Lots of fun had especially on the Syntace Mini D – below are the results! Why don’t you come back to Melrose and try it out – perhaps even better the score! We will give you a bottle of Bartagunyah port if you can! Melrose Fat Tyre Festival Syntace Mini-D results 2012 Hellrose -> Benchin -> Greener Pastures 1.    5.04 Jasper Jauch 2.    5.14 Josaih Wilson 3.    5.44 (5.49 second run) Matthew Ackland 4.    5.44 (5.56 second run) Jonas Varco 5.    5.51 Richard Bates 6.    5.52 Dylan Gerschwitz 7.    6.01 Anthony 8.    6.02 James Halloway 9.    6.06 Brendan 10.  6.07 Andy 11.  6.11 Nick 12.  6.14 Nathan Newell 13.  6.15 Mark Gare 14.  6.16 Sam Cowley 15.  6.41 Darren 16.  7.40 Duncan So you know what FTF is all about – Click here for the FAT TYRE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE 2012 Our 10th Anniversary – this WAS one hell of a party!  The award winning Melrose Fat Tyre Festival was held again in the long weekend on June 8 – 11 with record numbers attending in what was a stunning occasion helped by the beautiful weather in the region. The 10th annual festival was supported by Coopers and the South Australia Tourist Commission this year and is run by the Southern Flinders Rough Riders Club and Over the Edge Sports. It is the 5th time they have run this event, which was started by Bicycle SA in 2003. The event is based on the successful Fruita Fat Tire Festival in Colorado USA, which has been running since 1995. The event is a celebration of mountain biking, where you can come and enjoy the awesome single-track trails inMelrose with other like minded people without the worry of serious competition. There is a plethora of guided rides from Epic to short sharp blasts, entertainment for young and old, with bands like “Half Way to Forth”, “Lorean Kate”, “The Amazing Drumming Monkeys” and the “McCallum Boys”, jumping castles, professional riders and of course, plenty of good old Melrose hospitality. “No other place I’ve been to welcomes mountain bikers likeMelrose” Dave Clark, rider from Adelaide. This year the FTF attracted over 200 registered riders, plus a lot more joining in to make it one of the most successful events of recent time. The SFRR club grossed over $10000 of which most of it will be rolled back into trails in the form of equipment and machinery for trail building. Bill Davies, the SFRR president, was really excited by the potential these new funds could play in developing new trails. “Mountain bikers love to ride new trails and it is one of the things that keeps them coming back to Melrose, so these funds are essentially marketing funds that we can spend on new trails” Bill said. This years event saw Jasper Jauch,Germany’s mountain biker of the year – 2011, fly intoAdelaideto join the fray atMelrose. Jasper loved the vibe and fantastic scenery the trails offered. “We don’t get too many Kangaroos inGermany, combine that with this atmosphere, it’s very special” Jasper said. Jasper was fantastic with helping out guiding rides, running skills sessions and running kids sessions through out the weekend. He was also able to get the fastest time on the pump track and Mini D courses. “Jasper was a fantastic asset for this years FTF, nothing was ever a problem for him and he worked tirelessly to make it a special occasion for all our guests, not to mention the marketing the FTF got from employing him as their guest rider!” Richard Bruce, one of the organisers, said. The 2013 event will be held on June 7-10 and will be even better with more trails, more entertainment and more stalls.