Cyclist in Scotland performs 'UK's first bungee jump by bicycle' (+ video)

40-metre leap publicises May's Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival and launch of new website

by Simon_MacMichael   February 29, 2012  

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A cyclist in Scotland yesterday executed what is claimed to be the UK’s first ever bungee bike by bicycle. The daredevil feat, which saw Adam Flint plunge 40 metres off a bridge above the Pass of Killiecrankie, was timed to take place ahead of today’s leap day and aims to publicise May’s Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival. 

The stunt, which used the facilities of bungee jump operator Highland Fling, was organised by Highland Perthshire Cycling, a voluntary group set up in 2009 to help promote cycling in the area, which today launches its new website.

Mr Flint, of Dunkeld-based mountain bike specialist Progression Bikes, said before his jump that it provided “just one example of the fantastic collaboration between businesses in the area working together to promote and develop cycling. We are really putting Highland Perthshire on the map.

“From the miles of scenic road riding, to ribbons of wild singletrack, we really have it all. And it’s not just cycling one can enjoy here. There is so much on offer, no wonder it is becoming such a popular tourist destination for families and thrill seekers alike.

“A lot of work went into organising, preparing and setting up this event, and thanks must go to all those who made it happen, both on the ground and in the air!”

Emma Burtles from Highland Perthshire Cycling, whose flagship event is the Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival from 4-13 May this year, outlined how the organisation “works to promote and enable more people to cycle more often in Highland Perthshire, whether locals or visitors, running workshops, clubs, school activities, and events to achieve this. “

She added: “Highland Perthshire Cycling works collaboratively with many local groups, schools and businesses in the region to make this happen.

“In the last few weeks a number of enthusiastic local businesses have worked together to create the giant 40-metre Leap on a bike; our unique celebration of Leap Year 2012 that will launch all that is going on for cyclists in Highland Perthshire and will highlight our brand new website.”

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Errr, and the point of this exercise was?

OldRidgeback

posted by OldRidgeback [2125 posts]
29th February 2012 - 9:45

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What better way to publicise May's Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival… it certainly got our attention

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4132 posts]
29th February 2012 - 9:49

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"A cyclist in Scotland yesterday executed what is claimed to be the UK’s first ever bungee bike by bicycle."

i'm pretty sure a mountainbike bungee has been done before, probably by MountainBiking UK magazine in their ride out of a plane/ride underwater/ride down a tin-mine/strap a bike to a hot-air balloon phase, but i'm not going into the loft to leaf through 20 years of magazines to look
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posted by VecchioJo [737 posts]
29th February 2012 - 10:37

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OldRidgeback wrote:
Errr, and the point of this exercise was?

... because it's there?

posted by mad_scot_rider [536 posts]
29th February 2012 - 13:01

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OldRidgeback wrote:
Errr, and the point of this exercise was?

For publicity, it obviously worked, lots of reports about it Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [8657 posts]
29th February 2012 - 17:22

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clipped in or flats?

posted by headfirst [81 posts]
29th February 2012 - 20:40

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Yeah, i remember MBUK's bungee jump from a hot air balloon as well. Probably 1993 ish. I think they base-jumped a bike off Beachy Head too.

posted by finbar [86 posts]
1st March 2012 - 11:10

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Let's call it the UK's first ever bungee jump by bicycle from a fixed structure, then Wink

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7880 posts]
1st March 2012 - 11:18

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