Peaks Challenge Falls Creek

Event Info

COVID safe events

At Bicycle Network, we see events as an important opportunity to bring the bike riding community together, spread awareness and share the joy of riding bikes. While 2020 saw dramatic changes to the event landscape, we’re busy planning our upcoming event program to continue to deliver a range of exciting bike riding opportunities – with the health and safety of riders, volunteers and spectators at the forefront.

Across all of our events, the below four key operations will be in place to keep you safe and our events running smoothly. In addition, event specific information will be sent out in the ride guide. We ask everyone to familiarise themselves with these guidelines and keep up to date with information provided by state and federal governments regarding COVID-19 regulations.

Our team want to make your riding experience as enjoyable as possible, so please follow their instructions as we tackle these challenges together. As we know, changes can happen quickly, so please continue to check the Bicycle Network website as we move closer to event day.

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Social distancing

Please remember to stand and ride at least 1.5 metres apart at all times. To avoid congestion, start line procedures will be spread out and in waves.

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Hand sanitiser

All our events will have hand sanitising stations across the course and conduct regular cleaning of all surfaces.

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Follow the signs

Event sites are designed to prioritise safety and keep everyone moving in the right direction. Please look out for directional signs and follow our team’s instructions.

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Support staff

Our support crews will always have your back, but some things may look a little different or take a little longer than you’re used to. Thank you for your patience.

Our rider promise

Along with these key changes to our events, we've created a COVID-19 refund policy so you can sign up with confidence.

Interstate riders – Travelling to Victoria

If you’re travelling from outside Victoria then you will need apply for a Victorian travel permit. Travel permits have been put in place by the Victorian government to protect Victoria from the spread of coronavirus and manage any outbreaks. The type of permit you need will depend on where you have been in the past two weeks.

Travel zones
  • Green zone: if you have been in a green zone you will be able to apply for a permit and enter Victoria. Once in Victoria you should watch for symptoms and get tested should you feel unwell.
  • Orange zone: if you been in an orange zone you will be able to apply for a permit and will have to take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test within three days of your arrival in Victoria and isolate until you receive a negative test result.
  • Red zone: if you have been in a red zone then you will not be able to apply for a permit to attend Peaks Challenge. Travel permits are only given to people who have been in red zones if they are a permitted worker or to transit through Victoria.

Travel permits take approx. five minutes to apply for online and are processed automatically. Permits for people who have been in green zones last for 14 days. Apply for a permit and read more information about travel permits.

Riders in orange and red zones

If you have been in a zone that the Victorian government classifies as orange or red you may be eligible for a credit or refund as part of Bicycle Network’s COVID-19 policy.

Official 2021 Peaks Challenge ride guide

The Peaks Challenge Falls Creek 2021 ride guide is your comprehensive, all-in-one guide to the weekend.

It includes info on rider registration, the start line, cut off times, the weekend program, route support and last minute preparation tips. If you read one thing before your ride – read this

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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

How do I complete my balance payment
Balance payments are due Friday 29 January 2021 (VIC) and Friday 19 February (Interstate riders)
  1. Log into your Register Now account (if you don’t have one, create one using the email you used for your ride ticket)
  2. Select ‘My Registration’ on the 2021 Peaks Challenge Falls Creek event
  3. Under the Financial Summary heading click on ‘add optional items’
  4. Select your balance payment, select ‘add item’ and go back to summary
  5. Your balance outstanding will now be $279
  6. Select make payment to pay your outstanding balance and follow the on-screen steps to complete your payment
  7. You have completed your ticket and are ready to ride Peaks Challenge Falls Creek
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.

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 time does the road close on the morning of the ride?

If you are staying outside Falls Creek the road from Mt Beauty will close at 5:15AM the day of the ride.

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, the rider briefing will be available to view online from Saturday afternoon. It is compulsory viewing and will include important information about the start procedure, route and safety messages.

Where can I park?

Car parking is managed by Falls Creek Resort Management. On arrival please follow the instructions from the team to find your park.

Will there be COVIDSafe measures in place?

Yes, you will notice some changes in 2021 including, but not limited to,

hand sanitiser, social distancing, rider only areas and compulsory QR check in. Please work with us to ensure a COVIDSafe event.  

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 (inc. GF and vegetarian offerings), and toilets available. Below is what to expect at each stop on course.

Note: 100km riders will only stop at Anglers Rest and Trapyard Gap.

Tawonga Gap

  • Toilets
  • First Aid
  • Water
  • Winners Bars and Gels
  • Bike Mechanic

Harrietville (Food Valet)

  • Toilets
  • First Aid
  • Water
  • Winners Bars and Gels
  • Banana Bread
  • Bike Mechanic

Buckland Gate

  • Toilets
  • First Aid
  • Water
  • Winners Bars and 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
  • Lunch (wrap with an Anzac biscuit and a 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, quinoa 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.
  • Vegetarian GF

GF Wrap with, Spinach, Pumpkin and quinoa salad with chickpeas, roasted capsicum and cucumber and a sundried tomato aioli.

 

Omeo

  • Toilets
  • First Aid
  • Water
  • Winners Bars and Gels
  • Chocolate Brownie (V,GF), Ginger Coconut Slice, Fruit and Lollies
  • Bike Mechanic

Anglers Rest (Food Valet)

  • Toilets
  • First Aid
  • Water
  • Winners Bars
  • Food (Vegemite Cheese Scroll or Coffee Scroll)

Trapyard Gap

  • Toilets
  • First Aid
  • Water
  • Winners Bars
  • Coca-Cola and Bananas
  • 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 Finisher’s Jersey.

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

I'm in the 100km event, what time does that start?

The 100km event will start at 9am on Slalom Street inside the Falls Creek Village.

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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Stay up to date

Timing and results

2020 event timing was brought to you by our friends at My Race Result. Check out each rider's climb times and overall finishing times below.

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Merchandise

The Peaks Challenge 2021 merch is designed and developed by our official merchandise provider HUB Cycling. Explore the range below to complete your kit, or take a peek at the design of our 2021 finishers jersey.

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On the day

What's happening on event weekend

Keep up to date with everything happening on the weekend of Peaks Challenge Falls Creek 2021. This includes rider registration and briefings on Saturday 6 March and final preparations on Sunday 7 March for the main event, as well as the other activities taking place at Falls Creek.

When you arrive

Know what to do when you arrive in preparation for your ride, including bike checks, registration and valet drop-off.

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Rider briefings

There is a mandatory briefing for all riders before event day, and exclusive briefings for our members and women’s community.

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Other activities

Outside of the main event, there is a free social ride as well as Junior Peaks Challenge for family, friends and supporters.

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Membership

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Cyclists climbing Mt Hotham

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The support

Peaks Challenge Falls Creek - Support

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, they 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.

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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

Sunday 7 March, 2021

Changed traffic conditions

Peaks Challenge Falls Creek will be travelling through the North East Region on Sunday 7 March, and as a result there will be changed traffic conditions in place including full road closures. The treatments, which take into consideration the safety of all road users, have been implemented following extensive consultation with the Council, VicRoads and Victoria Police.

Road closures
  • Front of Falls Closure: 5:30am – 9am
  • Tawonga Gap Closure: 6:30am – 10:30am
  • Mt Hotham Closure: 8am – 1pm
  • Omeo Highway Closure: 8am – 11:45am
  • Back of Falls Closure: 8am – 8:30pm

Please note: Riders staying off-mountain must be past Mount Beauty on the way to Falls Creek by 5:15am on event day before a road closure is put in place.

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