Bicycle Network: SCODY 3 Peaks Challenge
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Before you take on the SCODY 3 Peaks Challenge, please take the time to familiarise yourself with the ride guide.
I'm not sure if I will be able to complete the ride, who is the ride suitable for?
The SCODY 3 Peaks Challenge is a 235 kilometer, single day ride with over 4,000 meters of vertical climbing during the day. Cyclists who take on the challenge need to be in very good physical condition and be able to ride at a minimum average speed of 19 km/h throughout the day in order to complete the ride within the 13 hour time limit. With the right preparation and training, anyone can take on the challenge and succeed.
Where can I find a ride plan?
The Climbing Cyclist has put together a ride plan to help keep you on track to cross the finish line and achieve your time goal.
What does it cost?
- Early bird price (closes 8 November 2013): $279
- Standard price (closes 7 February 2014): $309
- Late fee (closes 8 March 2014): $345
What does the entry price cover?
Refer to Entry details, this webpage lists everything the entry price covers.
What are the terms & conditions of entry?
View them here.
What if I need to cancel my entry?
Written cancellations received before 5pm Friday 17 January 2014 (AEST) will be refunded 50% of their entry fee.
No refunds will be offered for cancellations received after 5pm Friday 17 January 2014 (AEST).
Can I transfer my entry to another rider?
Transfers of entries can be made via the online registration portal. Transfers cannot be made after 5pm Friday 7 February 2014 as per the terms and conditions. Following this date, transfers will only be permitted on Saturday 8 March 2014 at the SCODY 3 Peaks Challenge registrations location, in Slalom Plaza, Falls Creek. All transfers at this time, on event, will incur a $50 administration fee. There will be no exceptions.
To transfer entry on Saturday 8 March 2014, riders must have the confirmation of payment email along with the Rider ID of the participant they are accepting the transfer from.
Is there any specific equipment that I need?
The items you require and those we recommend you bring, are as follows:
- Helmet - compulsory
- White front bike light - compulsory
- Red rear bike light - compulsory
- Nutritional supplies for Rider Valet Service - compulsory
- 2 x water biddons - compulsory
- Puncture repair kit - compulsory
- Tubes - compulsory
- Rain/wind jacket - compulsory
- Spare batteries for your bike lights
- Arm warmers
- Leg warmers
- Base layer of clothing
- Fresh change of clothes for Dinner Plain Clothing Valet
- Mobile phone
- Rider ID (Event wristband and bike tag, provided at registration) - compulsory
What will the weather conditions likely be on the ride?
Being that the ride takes place in Alpine conditions; the weather is unpredictable and can change very quickly throughout the day. The average maximum temperatures range between 14.3 on the peaks and 26.7 in the valleys. The average minimum temperatures range between 6.6 on the peaks and 9.0 in the valleys (c/o www.bom.gov.au). Given the unpredictable nature of the Alpine region, be prepared for varying weather conditions throughout the day.
Is there a Cyclist Briefing?
Yes, there is a briefing for all cyclists at 6pm on Saturday 8 March, 2014 in the Event Village at Falls Creek. We recommend all cyclists attend this briefing to hear any final event information and updates. There is an additional briefing at the Start Line prior to the ride commencing at 6.35am on Sunday 9 March, 2014.
Is there a starting procedure?
Yes there is a starting procedure and facilities put into place to ensure a safe start to the SCODY 3 Peaks Challenge for all cyclists. Cyclists will be released in a controlled fashion through the start, based on your average speed and goal finish time.
Do I need to be at the start line by a certain time?
Yes, you will need to be at the start line by 6.35am for the final Cyclist Briefing. Following this, the ride will commence from 6.45am in a controlled start.
When does the 13 hour time limit start?
The 13 hour time limit commences from when the Lanterne Rouge crosses the start line at 7:15am. Therefore, all participants must finish the event before the Lanterne Rouge crosses the finish line at 8:15pm.
Will I need to have my bike checked off prior to the ride?
Yes, in order to ensure your safety we will be performing bike checks at the Event Village in Falls Creek the day prior to the ride (Saturday 8 March,2014). You will not be able to collect your rider ID from registration or start your ride without having your bike checked.
What is the Rider Valet service?
On the event we will be operating a Rider Valet service, which will see you provided with a bag for you to stock up on any essentials you may want during a ride. The bags will ‘ride ahead’ of you and be waiting for you at our designated rest stops. We advise participants to not leave anything expensive or valuable in their bags, as Bicycle Network cannot take responsibility for any losses.
When do I need to collect my return Rider Valet?
Once you have completed the event, you have until 9pm to collect your Rider Valet from the Event Village in Falls Creek on Sunday 9 March 2014. Items not collected will be returned to Bicycle Network head office (Level 4, 246 Bourke Street, Melbourne) where you will have two weeks to collect your Rider Valet pack. Those Rider Valet packs that are not collected by 5pm Friday 21 March 2014 will be disposed of. Bicycle Network cannot take responsibility for any losses.
What roads are closed on the SCODY 3 Peaks Challenge?
This year, riders will enjoy 85km of closed roads:
- Bogong-High Plains Road from Falls Creek to Mount Beauty
- Tawonga Gap Road from Tawonga to Germantown
- Bogong High-Plains Road from WTF Corner to Falls Creek
However, please remember that whilst these roads will be closed to public vehicles, emergency services and event vehicles still have access, so normal road rules apply. Please keep left at all times.
What time will the road closure be in place on Falls Creek?
If you're staying off the mountain in Mount Beauty, please note that the road closure to Falls Creek will be in place from 5.30am, so you'll need to be through the closure point at the roundabout and on your way up the mountain before this time.
What are the sector cut-off times and locations?
We know from the Finisher's data that the quality of cyclists that take on the SCODY 3 Peaks Challenge are increasing. So we've reviewed the sector cut-off times and made some minor adjustments from previous years. The cut-off points and new times are:
- Harrietville - 10.45am
- Dinner Plain - 2pm
- Omeo - 3.15pm
- WTF Corner - 5.30pm
- Trapyard Gap - 7.00pm
The cut-off times are departure times - you must be passed these rest stops by the times outlined above. These cut off times are more lenient during the first half of the ride as it allows for people to make up time for any delays which are out of their control (i.e mechanical, traffic control etc.).Remember, if the Laterne Rouge passes you before you reach these points, you must retire. You do not want to fall behind him.
Where are the rest stop locations?
Our Comprehensive Route Support is there for you from start to finish. All rest stops will have water, first aid, mechanical support, nutrition and toilets available. Details of the rest stop locations can be found on our website.
Will there be bins along the route?
There will be bins at all rest stops along the route. However, as a SCODY 3 Peaks Challenge rider, you are responsible for disposing of your rubbish appropriately while out on the road. Whether training or on event, follow the lead of the pros - plan ahead, tuck your gel wrappers under your knicks or in your back pocket and dispose of it when you come to a bin. We need your help to ensure that we look after this spectacular part of Victoria. The future of the event relies on your cooperation.
What food is available during the ride on course?
During the ride there will be food available for you at each rest area on course. A more detailed breakdown of the food we will be supplying can be found on the Nutrition webpage.
Do I get the jersey if I don’t finish the ride?
If you are unable to complete the ride within the 13 hour time limit you will not receive the SCODY 3 Peaks Challenge 2014 Finisher's Jersey. The Jersey’s are designated for Finishers of the ride only.
Does every rider receive a jersey?
Every rider that completes the SCODY 3 Peaks Challenge within the 13 hour time limit will receive a Finisher's jersey. Those that complete the event within 10 hours will receive the <10 hour version.
When will I receive my Finisher's Jersey?
At the finish line, after completing the SCODY 3 Peaks Challenge 2014.
How do I change my jersey size?
Prior to the event you can adjust your jersey size by updaing your entry details once you have logged into Blink or give us a call on 1800 639 634 or +613 8376 8888.
What merchandise is for sale?
Almost everything you need, you can view all items on the Merchandise webpage.
If I purchase merchandise, when will I receive it?
Merchandise orders are sent to SCODY at 9am on the first Monday of each month, so you can expect to receive your order in 4 weeks from this date. Exceptions to this are as follows:
- If you ordered merchandise by 1 December 2013, you can expect to receive your items by the end of January 2014.
- If you ordered your merchandise between 1 December 2013 - 5 January 2014, you can expect to receive your items early February.
- If you ordered merchandsie between 5 January - 2 February 2014, you can expect to receive your items the week of the event weekend (W/C 3 March 2014).
Is there a cut off date for merchandise orders?
Yes, merchandise orders will close Sunday 2 February 2014.
Can I buy merchandise items on the event?
Yes, there will be limited merchandise items for purchase on the event.
Is accommodation included in my entry?
No it isn’t.
How do I book accommodation?
Please contact Falls Creek Central Reservations on 1800 033 079.
Where is Falls Creek?
Falls Creek is Victoria’s largest alpine resort and a major tourist destination in North East Victoria.
Do I need to be a member of Bicycle Network to partake in this ride?
No, but Bicycle Network members do receive more benefits than cyclists without Bicycle Network membership.
Do members receive a discount on their entry fee?
No, however only Bicycle Network members can enter during the exclusive entry only period (2 - 8 September) and be eligable to win a ride in the Pyrenees. Also, Bicycle Network members are covered by Crash Cover Support (including travel insurance) every time they ride.
How do I become a Bicycle Network member?
You can become a member online or give us a call on 1800 639 634 or +613 8376 8888.