Peaks Challenge Falls Creek

Training & Preparation

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Training Programs

Our tailored 16-week training programs are created by Dr. Stephen Lane from HPTek and kick-off in mid November each year. Mark the date in your calendar and start getting some climbs in the legs!

Stephen is an 8 hour wave leader for Team Bicycle Network and is dedicated to helping you reach your goals – whether that’s completing your first Peaks Challenge or going faster than before.

tRAINING PROGRAMS

Info Night

Our Peaks Challenge information session is the perfect watch for both first-timers and past riders looking to go one better than before!

Check-out the recording of the session for an insight into what to expect at the event, an intro to our training program, a Q&A with Peaks Challenge coach, Dr. Stephen Lane and more.

Key topics
  • 16-week training plan overview (05:20)
  • Pacing and projected finish times (16:20)
  • Packing essentials (24:00)
  • Event tips and tricks (31:40)

Training rides

Dandenongs training ride for Peaks Challenge

Team Bicycle Network are not just your domestiques on event day. They put in time and effort during their training to help you keep your preparation on track.

Regular training rides will be scheduled from November – March.

Don’t forget to join the Bicycle Network strava club so you’re the first to hear when new training ride dates are released.

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Upcoming rides

Sat 17 Feb | Kinglake & Healesville | 109km (VIC)
Start time

09:00am rollout (please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leaders

Lewis Bull & Sara Hogan

Meet up spot

St. Andrew’s Community Centre Car Park

Route

109km / 2,318m elevation – View route

Pace
  • 9 hour (approx. 28 km/h)
Notes

Parking can be found along Kangaroo Ground-St Andrew Road (Burns St)

Team Bicycle Network ride leaders will aim to keep everyone together and regroup at the top of key climbs or other key points, such as rest stops, however, if anyone is struggling to stick to the advertised pace, ride leaders may recommend a shorter route to avoid major delays.

If you are unable to complete the training ride please have a Plan B (friend or family member to come and collect you, Rider Rescue subscription or bring your myki card) for getting home.

Please note, this is a free training ride but registration is essential to ensure ride leaders are aware of expected numbers.

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Sun 18 Feb | Otways Gravel | 96km (VIC)
Start time

7:00am rollout (please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leader

Kate Kellett and Daniela Mollica

Meet up spot

Aireys Pub car park, 45 Great Ocean Rd, Aireys Inlet

Route

96km / 2,000m elevation – View route

Pace
  • 10 hour (approx. 22–23 km/h) – Kate Kellet
  • 11 hour pace – Daniela Mollica
Notes

This ride is suitable for gravel bikes only. There will be an opportunity to get food and drinks at The Store Deans Marsh, 60km into the ride.

Team Bicycle Network ride leaders will aim to keep everyone together and regroup at the top of key climbs or other key points, such as rest stops, however, if anyone is struggling to stick to the advertised pace, ride leaders may recommend a shorter route to avoid major delays.

If you are unable to complete the training ride please have a Plan B (friend or family member to come and collect you or a Rider Rescue subscription) for getting home.

Please note, this is a free training ride but registration is essential to ensure ride leaders are aware of expected numbers.

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Sun 18 Feb | Dandenongs - Simon Clarke Maxi Loop | 92km (VIC)
Start time

7:00am rollout (please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leaders

Josh, Paul and Stephen

Meet up spot

The Basin (1 in 20)

Route

92km / 2,400m elevation – View route

Pace
  • 8 hour (approx. 30 km/h)
  • Climbing at 4-4.5 w/kg
Notes

This training ride is aimed at riders targeting a sub 8-hour time at Peaks Challenge. Warm up on the ‘1 in 20’ and then climbing at 4-4.5w/kg. Re-group spots at discretion.

Team Bicycle Network ride leaders will aim to keep everyone together, however, if anyone is struggling to stick to the advertised pace, ride leaders may recommend a shorter route to avoid major delays.

If you are unable to complete the training ride please have a Plan B (friend or family member to come and collect you, Rider Rescue subscription or bring your myki card) for getting home.

Please note, this is a free training ride but registration is essential to ensure ride leaders are aware of expected numbers.

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Sun 25 Feb | Kinglake three ways - Sub 9 | 102km (VIC)
Start time

7:15am rollout (please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leader

James Garriock and Cam Clamp

Meet up spot

Caledonia Rd car park, St Andrews – Outside St Andrews Primary School

Route

102km / 1,717m elevation – View route

Pace
  • Sub 9 hour (approx. 28 – 30 km/h)
Notes

This ride is tailored for riders who are aiming to achieve a sub 9 hour time at Peaks Challenge 2024.

Team Bicycle Network ride leaders will aim to keep everyone together and regroup at the top of key climbs or other key points, such as rest stops, however, if anyone is struggling to stick to the advertised pace, ride leaders may recommend a shorter route to avoid major delays.

If you are unable to complete the training ride please have a Plan B (friend or family member to come and collect you, Rider Rescue subscription or bring your myki card) for getting home.

Please note, this is a free training ride but registration is essential to ensure ride leaders are aware of expected numbers.

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Sat 2 Mar | Dandenongs Crucifix | 79km (VIC)
Start time

09:00am rollout (please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leaders

Lewis Bull & Sara Hogan

Meet up spot

The Basin Carpark – down near the pedestrian crossing

Route

79km / 1,985m elevation – View route

Pace
  • 9 hour (approx. 28 km/h)
Notes

Team Bicycle Network ride leaders will aim to keep everyone together and regroup at the top of key climbs or other key points, such as rest stops, however, if anyone is struggling to stick to the advertised pace, ride leaders may recommend a shorter route to avoid major delays.

If you are unable to complete the training ride please have a Plan B (friend or family member to come and collect you, Rider Rescue subscription or bring your myki card) for getting home.

Please note, this is a free training ride but registration is essential to ensure ride leaders are aware of expected numbers.

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*Before registering for a training ride, please ensure you read and adhere to our training ride terms and conditions

Are you covered when you ride?

Our training rides are open to anyone in the bike riding community. We encourage any new riders to join as a Bicycle Network member to ensure they are covered with bike riding insurance while also helping us improve bike riding conditions for everyone.

Viking Cycling Club  – Canberra

Join Melany and the Canberra Peaks Challenge crew on these training rides. These rides are run with Viking Cycling Club however all are welcome and you do not need to be a VCC member. You don’t need to register for these rides but if you have any questions or would like to keep up to date with future rides and on-the-day weather updates, please join the Canberra Peaks WhatsApp Chat 

Feb TBC | Jindabyne Training Camp (NSW)

We are headed to Jindabyne for a weekend of riding! 

If you are preparing for the 3 Peaks Challenge in March 2024 or even if you are simply looking for some longer rides as part of your own training, come along. This is our final chance to get a few targeted rides in, so don’t miss out.

Dates

16-18 or 23-25 Feb TBC

Ride leader

Melany Toombs

Where

Jindabyne

Rides

Day 1: The infamous Rom Gorggin Climb
116km / 2983m elevation – View route

Other rides TBC

Notes

Riders should book their own accommodation for the weekend, but please feel free to join the Peaks WhatsApp chat for more information on some options that other riders will be booking, future rides and on-the-day weather updates. Join the Canberra Peaks WhatsApp Chat.

 

Total Rush – Women’s rides

We’re stoked to have our friend’s at Total Rush leading some women’s only rides in the lead up to Peaks Challenge 2024.

They’ll be hosting some local rides around Melbourne for women who are thinking of having a crack at this year’s event, plus the team is riding in March. It’s the perfect chance to find some riding buddies for event day!

Sat 24 Feb | Total Rush Women's training ride | 149km (VIC)
Start time

7:30am rollout (please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leaders

Total Rush Women’s Team

Meet up spot

Richmond Rush Cafe, 3 Stewart St Richmond

Route

148.53km / 2,741m elevation – View route

Notes

This is the final ride in our series of women’s specific training rides, and we are heading back to the Dandenong Ranges for the Crucifix. The loop will take about 6 – 7 hours to complete at an intermediate pace.

This is a training ride aimed to be challenging and mimic the pacing required for the 10 hour pacing group (25 km/h avg. speed). We will stick to the target pacing, but encourage you to ride the route at your preferred pace if our pace does not suit.

Please download the route, bring spares and nutrition to be self-sufficient throughout the ride.

Don’t forget to register via the Facebook event page so ride leaders can monitor attendance and provide any updates.

Other details
  • Complimentary coffee and debrief post ride at Rush Cafe.
  • No onsite parking is available, please ride or catch public transport to the start.
  • For safety reasons this ride is weather dependent. The ride will be cancelled at 6.30am on the morning of the ride if it is raining. Please check the Facebook event on the morning of the ride for cancellation
  • The ride is open to female and gender diverse people
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Getting more women riding

Women's Community

There is a serious gender imbalance in bike riding in Australia, where only one in three riders are women. When it comes to Peaks Challenge, this drops to one in ten.

Bicycle Network’s Women’s Community program is committed to making bike riding an inclusive activity for all. With the launch of Peaks Challenge 2024 we’ve set the goal of doubling the female participation rate to 20% by Peaks 2025.

The first step towards this happens now.

Over 90% of tickets are sold for Peaks 2024 and nearly 10% of these belong to women.

We will also run Women’s Community training sessions and social nights to connect and empower female and gender diverse riders to be confident in making the commitment to take on Peaks 2024.

Bicycle Network is a not-for-profit organisation. Becoming a Member and entering Peaks Challenge supports our advocacy campaigns and behaviour change programs, including our Women’s Community.

Women’s Community Info Session

Thinking of taking on Peaks Challenge Falls Creek?

Our Women’s Community Peaks Challenge information session is the perfect watch for both first-timers and past riders looking to take on the challenge. Check-out the recording of the session for an insight into what to expect at the event from 3 times Peaks Challenge finisher Anna Locarnini.

Women’s Community rider stories

A collection of inspiring rider stories

Meg masters the mountains

While Meg was in Bright with her partner and his mates, there wasn’t an expectation that Meg was taking part on the big day... this...

Ela digs deep to conquer Peaks

When COVID reared its ugly head in 2020 and forced us all to rethink our routine; for Ela, this meant riding. So she committed to...

Anna’s three Peaks experiences

Anna’s Peaks Challenge Falls Creek experiences have varied from a year of firsts, a year of improvement and a year of challenges, but she pedals...

Candice’s can do attitude

Peaks 2020 was Candice's first cycling event, ever. Having only been riding a couple of months and with the memories of her partner's torturous experience...

Consistency wins the day for Kathy

Kathy describes her bike riding as consistently slow. But her mental game is consistently strong, and she got the job done... twice!...

Michelle’s Peaks Challenge experience

For Michelle, the feeling of finishing Peaks Challenge for the first time in 2021 is a tough one to describe.

Blog

A guide to conquering Peaks

There is no disputing that Peaks Challenge is a big day out on the bike. Here's a guide to help you conquer Peaks Challenge, regardless of your level of riding.

Descending with confidence

A group of riders from our Women's Community recently caught up for a good old fashion descending skills session. Check out the key takeaways for going downhill at Peaks.

Building your base fitness

Our 16-week training plans kick off in November, but there’s plenty you can do from early spring to start building a solid base fitness on the bike.

Intro to training zones

Whether you are a first timer or a returning rider that wants achieve your goal time, following a structured training plan is a great way to ensure you are ticking all the boxes to achieve optimal fitness.

Are you ready to tackle Peaks Challenge?

We chatted to Team Bicycle Network's 12 hour wave leader Crossy about his motivation to tackle Peaks Challenge and what keeps him coming back for more.

Training in the festive season

With Christmas just around the corner, Dr Stephen Lane has a few tips to help keep your training on track during the holiday period.

Special thanks to Winners

Event nutrition

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Winners 10% discount offer

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Use coupon code: Peaks24

Special thanks to Prepd

Event hydration

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Join the club

Bicycle Network’s Strava club is full of like-minded bike riders of all abilities, from the Peaks Challenge regulars to those entering their first 50km United Energy Around the Bay ride. Join the club and stay tuned for local training rides in the lead up to events near you.

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Your domestiques

Team Bicycle Network

Team Bicycle Network (9 Hour wave leaders)

At Peaks Challenge we don’t just provide you with food and water. We have a full team dedicated to setting the pace, rhythm and the attitude that’s required for a good day in the saddle.

You can expect lots of encouragement, support and help with pace setting from Team Bicycle Network both during regular training rides and on event day.

Select your target finish time from 8 hour – 12 hour and get to know the team below.

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