Southern Flinders Rough Riders Mountain bike club presents 18 Hours of Melrose

Mountain biking in Melrose.
Mountain biking in Melrose.

Next Friday will see the Southern Flinders Ranges fill with cyclists, mountain bikes and the support crews following along for the 18 Hours of Melrose event. 

"Southern Flinders Rough Riders" Mountain bike club will host their sixth annual event  and they’re keen to see as many spectators and competitors as possible. 

The race starts midnight Friday night, September 1, at the stroke of Saturday morning and the riders race in teams or solo through the night, to finish on Saturday at 6pm.

The race course runs right through the main street of town and there will be live music for spectators all day Saturday.

This year’s event follows a “can’t stop the music” theme. It will run in conjunction with the Burning Bike Festival to provide non-stop entertainment.

There’ll be live bands playing throughout and a novelty shenanigans shortcut for those who dare. 

The event covers a loop of 10km and it is expected one lap should take between 30-45 minutes.

In addition to the main 18-hour event, there will also be a six-hour category. You can race solo or get together a team of two or four riders. There will also be a six-hour youth category for riders between 12-15 years as well as a “Minis” event for eight to 11 year olds on an easier trail.