THERE WILL BE a large group of willing athletes gearing up for the annual cycle epic race this weekend.
THERE WILL BE a large group of willing athletes gearing up for the annual cycle epic race this weekend.

Minister takes on epic

QUEENSLAND Transport Minister Rachel Nolan is taking on one of Australia's most challenging mountain bike events after entering the annual Flight Centre Epic and Merida Pursuit in South-East Queensland.

The Epic is being held on the weekend of August 22-23 through the Lockyer Valley.

Event director Peter Creagh, of Tailwind Promotions, said more than 1000 riders will be competing in the various Epic events, including the 100km Flight Centre Classic.

“It's fantastic for the Epic to have Ms Nolan, the Transport Minister and the local MP for Ipswich, involved in our event,” Mr Creagh said.

Ms Nolan will contest the 50km Merida Half-Epic on Sunday, August 23.

She said she was a keen mountain bike rider and the sport was a highly enjoyable way to maintain fitness.

The seventh edition of the mountain bike marathon follows a 100km course along the Bicentennial National Trail in the Lockyer valley.

The trail traverses four valleys, following historic Ma Ma Creek and crossing Laidley and Edwards Gaps to finish at Old Hidden Vale.

The Epic offers four challenging distances and several categories to challenge and reward riders.

For more information on the Flight Centre Cycle Epic visit www.cycleepic.com.au.


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