Peaks Challenge Falls Creek

Event Info

Tourist information

A weekend away

Victoria’s alpine region is one of the most spectacular in the world. Make a weekend of Peaks Challenge Falls Creek – taste your way around the villages and receive warm welcomes from the families who run the gourmet restaurants, boutique wineries and lodgings. To see what’s on over the Victorian Labour Day long weekend, see the Visit Victoria website.

Falls Creek tourist information

Accommodation

Staying in the Falls Creek Village is the best way to be among all the action. Avoid the early morning rush to the start line, enjoy a relaxing celebratory beverage after the ride and treat those tired aching muscles to a spa or massage. Accommodation packages are available for singles, couples and groups.

Contact Falls Creek Central Reservations

Phone: 1800 033 079 
Email: info@fallscreekreservations.com.au 

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Timing and results

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The support

Peaks Challenge cyclists

Team Bicycle Network wave leaders are your domestiques, setting the pace and rhythm on the day and leading training rides before the event. Whether it’s reaching the finish or cracking sub-10 hours, Team Bicycle Network will help you reach your goal.

Mobile mechanics sit in front of the first rider, behind the last and throughout the peloton. You’ve dedicated so much to be here, we won’t let a mechanical stop you.

Motorcycle marshals
track the route waiting to use their helping hands. All motorcycle marshals are trained in first aid and will help get you back on your bike.

Event

FAQs

Here are the answers to your most common questions.

If your question isn’t in the list, please contact us via our website here or on 1800 639 634.

Preparing for the ride

Is there any specific equipment that I need?
Compulsory
  • Helmet
  • White front bike light
  • Red rear bike light
  • Secondary food supplies
  • 2 x drink bottles
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Spare tubes

We will check that you have these before you ride.

Recommended
  • Rain/wind jacket
  • Gloves
  • Mobile phone
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Money / credit card
  • Get bike serviced
  • Spare batteries for your bike lights
  • Arm warmers
  • Leg warmers
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Base layer of clothing
  • Fresh change of riding kit for Dinner Plain rest stop
  • Packed valet bags
  • Multi-tool or Allen keys
  • Compact crank set and cassette ratio of 11-28 teeth or more

 

Where can I stay up-to-date with the latest event news?

Be sure to follow the Peaks Challenge Falls Creek Facebook event for the latest news as it comes. We’ll also send regular updates to registered riders via email. If you have not received our event news please contact us to ensure you’ve opted in or see the latest issue below.

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What will the weather conditions likely be on the ride?

The weather in the Victorian High Country is unpredictable and can change very quickly throughout the day. Be prepared for varying weather conditions throughout the day.

What happens in the event of extreme weather?

Being an outdoor event, Peaks Challenge Falls Creek can be subject to unpredictable climate and weather conditions.

Bicycle Network works closely with relevant authorities to develop contingency plans in the event of extreme weather conditions and reserves the right to change or cancel the event in such circumstances. Riders must be prepared for all weather conditions and ride accordingly.

Do I need to have my bike checked before the ride?

Yes, in order to ensure your safety we will be performing bike checks at the Event Village at Falls Creek the day before the ride. You will not be able to collect your rider ID from registration or start your ride without having your bike checked.

What is the valet service?

Bicycle Network operates a valet service on the event which provides you with three bags you can pack with items and access on the ride. The bags will be transported ahead of you and will be waiting for you at designated valet collection points – two points will be for bags with food and another for food and clothing. The food/clothing valet point includes a return valet service, so you can return any unwanted clothing or items to the finish site.

It’s important to plan ahead and use your valet bags wisely, keeping in mind all possible weather conditions you may face. We advise riders not to leave anything expensive or valuable in their bags, as Bicycle Network cannot take responsibility for any losses. We also ask for safety reasons that you do not place any glass in the bags.

Is there a rider briefing?

Yes, there will be a compulsory briefing in the Event Village for all riders on the Saturday afternoon before the ride. We recommend all riders attend this briefing to hear any final event information and updates. There is an additional short briefing at the start line before the ride starts on Sunday.

During the ride

Is there a starting procedure?

Yes there is a starting procedure and facilities put in place to ensure a safe start for all.

The event will start and finish at Slalom Plaza in the Falls Creek village. There will be parking on site, however roads closures and changes to traffic conditions for the ride may impact vehicle access on the ride day. Please only park in permitted areas and be mindful that you are in a national park.

Please arrive at the start line on the ride day no later than 6:30am for a 6:45am start. Riders will be released in a controlled and staggered start, based on your finish time goal.

When does the 13 hour time limit start?

Your ride time begins when you cross the start line and you need to finish the ride within 13 hours to receive a finishers jersey. 

The Lanterne Rouge will be the last riders to leave and the last to cross the finish line. Therefore, all participants must keep ahead of the Lanterne Rouge riders.

Each rest stop also has a time that you need to reach it by. These cut-off times are used to assess if you will finish the ride within 13 hours. If you arrive at a rest stop after the cut-off time you will be asked kindly to retire gracefully.

What's provided at each rest stop?

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. Here’s what to expect at each stop on course.

Tawonga Gap
  • Toilets
  • First Aid
  • Water
  • Nutrition (Winners bars and gels)
  • Bike Mechanic
Harrietville (Food Valet)
  • Toilets
  • First Aid
  • Water
  • Nutrition (Banana Bread, Winners bars & gels, Coca-cola)
  • Bike Mechanic
Buckland Gate
  • Toilets
  • First Aid
  • Water
  • Nutrition (Winners bars/gels)
  • Bike Mechanic
Hotham Heights*
  • Toilets
  • Water

*Hotham Heights will be an unmanned Rest Area, with water and toilet facilities available at the Day Shelter. 

Dinner Plain (lunch stop)
  • Toilets
  • First Aid
  • Water
  • Nutrition (Lunch plus Anzac slice, Banana)

Lunch options:

Standard
Wheaten Wrap with Poached Chicken, spinach, burghul salad with roasted capsicum, cucumber and fetta and a sundried tomato aioli.

Standard GF
GF Wrap with Poached Chicken, spinach, burghul salad with roasted capsicum, cucumber and fetta and a sundried tomato aioli.

Vegetarian
Wheaten Wrap with, Spinach, Pumpkin and burghul salad with chickpeas, roasted capsicum and cucumber and a sundried tomato aioli.

Vegan
Wheaten Wrap with, Spinach, Pumpkin and burghul salad with chickpeas, roasted capsicum and cucumber and a Moroccan spiced hummus.

Omeo
  • Toilets
  • First Aid
  • Water
  • Nutrition (Chocolate Brownie, Oranges, Snacks)
  • Bike Mechanic
Anglers Rest (Food Valet)
  • Toilets
  • First Aid
  • Water
  • Nutrition (Cheesymite Scroll, Coca-cola)
  • Bike Mechanic 
Trapyard Gap
  • Toilets
  • First Aid
  • Water
  • Nutrition (Winners Bar, Coca-cola, Fruit)
  • Bike Mechanic 
Will there be bins along the route?

There will be bins at all rest stops along the route. However, as a Peaks Challenge rider, you are responsible for disposing of your rubbish appropriately while out on the road.

Whether training or on event, please be thoughtful. Tuck your rubbish in your jersey pocket or under your knicks and dispose of it when you come to a bin. We need your help to make sure that we look after this spectacular part of the world and the future of the event relies on your cooperation.

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 Peaks Challenge Falls Creek 2018 Finisher’s Jersey.

*Please confirm your jersey size on the Mens Premium Fit or Womens Premium Fit sizing chart before completing your registration.

Stick to sub-13

Cut-off times

13 hours to prove yourself

It’s not just the climbs and kilometres themselves that make Peaks Challenge Falls Creek so tough, it’s also the 13-hour time limit.

To keep on track and stay under this limit you will need to reach the following checkpoints by the set cut-off times. If you arrive at one of these points after the cut-off time you will be asked to retire gracefully.

A good way to know if you are on track is to keep an eye out for the lanterne rouge riders. If they ever get in front of you, you’ll need to pick up the pace.

Sector cut-off times
  • Ride starts: 6:45am
  • Harrietville rest area: 10:30am
  • Dinner Plain lunch area: 1:30pm
  • Omeo rest area: 3:15pm
  • WTF corner: 5:30pm
  • Trapyard Gap rest area: 7:00pm
  • Ride finishes: 8:15pm

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