AUSTRALIA'S biggest mountain bike marathon, the Flight Centre Epic, will follow a different route through the Lockyer Valley this year after sections of the course were destroyed during the January floods.
Race organiser Peter Creagh said the race would start and finish at Spicers Hidden Vale covering 75km instead of the traditional 104km course.
“Sections of the Bicentennial National Trail were totally destroyed, Ma Ma Creek is no longer recognisable and there is no track in some places,” Mr Creagh said.
“Huge rocks were shifted and block some parts of the old course.
“We have had to reinvent the Epic otherwise we would have lost our flagship product and the Queensland tourism industry would have lost one of its iconic adventure events.”
The ninth staging of the Flight Centre Epic in the Lockyer Valley will be held on August 6 and 7 with more than 1200 riders expected to compete in various events.
Mr Creagh said the event was also attracting an increasing number of women participating since the very first Epic.
“Women are certainly rising to the challenge offered by the Epic,” he said.
The Flight Centre Epic also includes events for the younger riders with the 99 Bikes Mini and Minor Epics where children can ride with their parents.
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