Peaks Challenge Falls Creek riders
Another perfect Peaks

Along with death and taxes you can add perfect weather at Peaks Challenge Falls Creek to the list of life's certainties, but that doesn't make it easy.

As more than 1,500 riders set off from the top of Falls Creek this morning, the temperature was sitting at around 13 degrees and the air calm. 

And then as the waves descended down the mountain towards the first climb at Tawonga Gap Road, the sun rose over the Alpine National Park.

That's how it would remain for the rest of the ride: sunny, warm and dry.

But that didn't mean it was going to be an easy walk in the park. Riders had to conserve energy, but also stick to time. A tricky task when you hit Tawonga Gap Road early in the piece.

The climb at Mount Hotham and stretch between Dinner Plain and Omeo was when it started to get serious and the bunches spread.

Then there was the mini-climb near Anglers Rest that has become known as 'sneaky peaks', and of course the beast up the back of Falls Creek that hits you in the face at WTF Corner. For those wondering, WTF stands for 'Way to Falls'.

Dan Bonello from Sydney has become famous for being the first across the Falls Creek finish line in recent years, but there was nothing ordinary about his time of 7 hours, 20 minutes and 51 seconds.

Dan Bonello crosses the finish line at Peaks Challenge Falls Creek

The looks on the faces of the long string of riders that followed in the next five hours told the true tale of the ride, however.

Tears, smiles and grimaces all at once conveyed the pain of riding 235 kilometres with 4,000 metres of climbing and the joy nailing a personal goal.

There were 1,248 official finishers at the 13-hour time limit when the lanterne rouge rolled through, and when they arrived there was a special message from Simon Gerrans.

Taking on Peaks Challenge Falls Creek is a huge task and a massive achievement. Without the help from our band of volunteers and partner including Falls Creek, Winners Bars and Canyon, we wouldn't be able to do it, so thank you.

This was the ninth Peaks Challenge Falls Creek and the event will be back again next March with entry details to be released soon.

Click here to see timing results from the ride