Peaks Challenge Falls Creek
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.
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 Reservation Centre
Phone: 1800 033 079 or 1800 453 525.
On the day
What's happening on event weekend
Keep up to date with everything happening on the weekend of Peaks Challenge Falls Creek 2020. This includes rider registration and briefings on Saturday 7 March and final preparations on Sunday 8 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 on Saturday 9 March.LEARN MORE
There is a mandatory briefing for all riders the evening before event day, and exclusive briefings for our members and women’s community.LEARN MORE
Outside of the main event, there is a free social ride as well as Junior Peaks Challenge for family, friends and supporters.What's On
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You Ride. We'll Do the Rest
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.
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
- 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.
- Rain/wind jacket
- Mobile phone
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
- Tawonga Gap
- Buckland Gate
- Dinner Plain (lunch stop)
- Anglers Rest
- Trapyard Gap
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.
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.
The specific food available will be confirmed closer to the event. Here’s what the 2018 event looked like:
Tawonga Gap rest area
- Winners bars and gels
Harrietville rest area
- Hedehog slice, muselie bar, GF fruit cake
- Winners bars and gels
Buckland Gate rest area
- Winners bars and gels
Dinner Plain lunch stop
- Wrap, banana and biscuit
Omeo rest area
- Oaty slice
- Oranges, dried apricot, snakes, pretzels
- Winners bars and gels
- Winners bars and chews, bananas
Trapyard Gap rest area
- Coca Cola and Winners bars gels
Stick to sub-13
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