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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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. We’ve set the goal of doubling the female participation rate to 20%. The first step towards this happens now.

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.

What’s On?

We will be running 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 our next Peaks Challenge.

Pizza Night

Open to all riders but particularly helpful for anyone doing their first ever Peaks Challenge! This is a great session to hear from other past participants who will share their key insights about how to train and prepare for the event.

Sit back, relax and listen to the presentations while enjoying a slice of pizza and a drink.

  • Date: 16 September 2024
  • Time: 6:00pm
  • Location: Bicycle Network HQ – 4/246 Bourke St, Melbourne

Stay tuned, registrations will open soon.

Cheese & Wine night

Enjoy a casual cheese and wine night with our female wave leaders sharing their stories of participating in Peaks Challenge and what to expect come event day.

  • Date: 3 February 2025
  • Time: 6:00pm
  • Location: Bicycle Network HQ – 4/246 Bourke St, Melbourne

Stay tuned, registrations will open soon.

These skills session are hosted by Stu Mackenzie and are designed to help you build confidence by improving descending technique and skills. Sessions are capped at 10 riders per session and only 1 session per person.

Skills Session 1
  • Date: 26 October 2024
  • Time: 7:30am – 9am
  • Meet-up location: The Teardrop – Yarra Boulevard, Kew

Stay tuned, registrations will open soon.

Skills Session 2
  • Date: 23 November 2024
  • Time: 7:30am – 9am
  • Meet-up location: The Teardrop – Yarra Boulevard, Kew

Stay tuned, registrations will open soon.

Women’s Community 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.

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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