Flinders Island is made up of mountains, oceans, flora, fauna, dirt, sand, granite and many wonderful individuals. It enjoys the freedom of fresh air, isolation and four distinct seasons. A bike may be the best way to enjoy this island.
Mountain Biking Flinders Island is an exciting new business just beginning its uphill pedal on Flinders Island.“Never before have island residents or visitors had such an opportunity to explore out of the way places, on board a world-class mountain bike, with a guide on hand to show them through the trails, to a destination where a gourmet lunch will delight their appetites!” said Claire Castle one of the founders of this new venture.
The entrepreneurs behind this initiative are Claire Castle and Amanda Blyth, passionate islanders and mountain bike riders, they are fourth and fifth generation Islanders respectively.
“Earlier this year we had a vision of creating fun mountain biking experiences on our island home, and with our dedication and our strengths, we set about doing just that!” explains Amanda.
Amanda and Claire are a passionate and dedicated pair, Claire says “this mountain biking project reflects our love for the island, our children and the future of the island, and of course, our inclination towards adventure; which is at the heart of the sport”. The community support behind the two young women has been positive and plentiful, and Amanda and Claire will forever be grateful to the numerous people who helped get them started.
Mountain Biking Flinders Island has created three very different mountain biking tours to some very extraordinary places.
“Each Mountain Biking Flinders Island tour is vastly different, but all of them share one important factor; they take people away from their every day and gives them something whole in return; new thoughts, new inspirations,” said Amanda.
“A lot can be gained from riding into the sea breeze and feeling it on your skin, or riding under tall timbers of native gums, towards an ocean high on its own strength,” said Amanda.
Tours operate from November to April. Read more in the Sharp Traveller inflight magazine.