What to do when you get there
Saturday 9 March
Registration and preparation
The Peaks Challenge Falls Creek event village at Slalom Plaza at Falls Creek will be open from 10:00am until 7:30pm on Saturday for bike check, registrations and kit collection, valet drop off and rider briefing. Here’s a quick snapshot of what you’ll need to get done so you’re prepared for Sunday.
1. Bike check
You will need to get your bike checked to make sure it is good to go. Your tyres, brakes and lights will be inspected. We’ll also check that you’ve got spare tubes, a pump or cannisters and two bidons.
Once your bike is checked you can register and collect your rider kit. This will include your valet bags, ride guide and rider number with built-in timing chip to attach to the seatpost of your bike.
3. Valet service
Pack and drop off your valet bags. There will be food and clothing valet bags to access throughout the ride, and a bag to be returned to the village at the end of the ride on Sunday. Learn more here.
4. Rider briefing
Riders will need to attend the rider briefing at 6:00pm (in the event village) on Saturday for detailed information about the ride on Sunday including waves, route notes and a safety message.
Meet Team Bicycle Network
Bicycle Network members will have access to exclusive rider briefings with Team Bicycle Network wave leaders to discuss cut off times and share valauble tips, tactics and advice for the ride the next day.
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Bicycle Network Members
Members will also get access to the members lounge, plus all members will receive a bonus pair of Bicycle Network socks and a free beer.
8 hour: 2:00 – 2:30 PM
9 hour: 2:30 – 3:00 PM
10 hour: 3:00 – 3:30 PM
11 hour: 3:30 – 4:00 PM
12 hour: 4:00 – 4:30 PM
Women’s only briefing
Join our women’s only ride briefing hosted by Team Bicycle Network and Michelle Armstrong – a trail blazer in women’s cycling who took on Peaks Challenge 2018 solo. They’ll talk you through the highs and lows of tackling the beast that is Peaks Challenge and answer any burning questions you may have before the ride.
Saturday 9 March at 4:30pm
Ride with like-minded women
Do you want to ride Peaks Challenge with Michelle and other like minded woman? We’re inviting any women who want to join forces and ride together on event day. Just look for the purple Women’s Community flag in the event village at 6:00am on Sunday morning to join in.
On the big screen
Our friends at Cycling Tips have been kind enough to let us into their DVD collection for the night!
After the riding briefing (approx. 6:45pm) we will be showing an epic attempt of Everesting on the side of Mt Everest, to get you in the mood for a challenge the next day. After this we will be showing Cycling Tips latest installment in adventure riding with a stunning expedition through the high plains of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Sit down, relax and enjoy an hour of beautifully shot endurance road riding adventures.
Live event timing
Live timing is available to track the progress of riders across all three climbs on event day thanks to My Race Result.
Share the link to the 2019 live timing feed below so your friends and family can track your progress on event day.
Sunday 10 March
The day has arrived – you’ll get to put all that training to use and take the ultimate cycling test.
1. Final prep
Make sure everything is ready – have the right clothing, fill your bidons, pack your jersey pockets and have your lights ready.
2. Join your wave
Be in your wave at the start line based on the time you’re aiming to finish the ride in by 6:30am. Waves will be clearly marked.
The first wave will leave at 6:45am and all riders will depart by 7:15am. Take care as you clip in, begin to ride and descend Falls Creek.
Free social ride
Supporting a friend, partner or family member in the famous Peaks Challenge Falls Creek event? Once the riders have left the village to begin their epic journey, why not join the much less strenuous social ride for a friendly pedal in the beautiful area of Falls Creek.
This fully supported ride leads you down the back of Falls Creek to Trapyard Gap (which is the last official rest stop for the event) before heading back to the village to enjoy a coffee.
Falls Creek village centre, outside Bicycle Network marquee
Approx. 20km/h (at your own pace for climbs)
This ride is suitable for anyone that can confidently handle a road bike.
Click here to shoot us an email with any questions about the social ride.
Junior Peaks Challenge
Peaks Challenge may be the ultimate test of a cyclist but there is nothing more rewarding than watching the next generation take on the mountain!
Junior Peaks is hosted by Falls Creek once the main event has kicked off, with a lead and end rider to support and encourage the kids to achieve their personal best. The cost is $10 per rider and all ages are welcome – it is recommended children under 8yrs should be accompanied by a support person. Sign up on event.
For further information please call the Falls Creek events team on 03 5758 1200.
HOW IT WORKS
Bicycle Network operates a valet service on the event, which provides you with three bags you can pack with additional food and clothing items to access throughout the ride. The bags will be transported ahead of you and will be waiting for you at the designated valet collection points of Harrietville, Dinner Plain and Anglers Rest.
Harrietville and Anglers Rest will be for bags with food and Dinner Plain 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.
You will receive four valet bags with your rider’s kit when you register at the Slalom Plaza event village between 10:00am – 7:30pm on Saturday 9 March.
2 x valet bags for food (bound for Harrietville and Anglers Rest)
1 x valet bag for food/clothing (for Dinner Plain)
1 x return valet bag (to be placed inside Dinner Plain valet bag)
In your rider kit you will also receive stickers to label each bag with your name, rider number and the destination of the bag.
Make sure you identify each bag correctly, packing your food items in the two food valet bags to be collected at Harrietville and Anglers Rest.
Then pack a change of clothes and any other items in the Dinner Plain valet bag, making sure you also pack the empty ‘return valet bag’ inside this bag for your used clothes that will be returning to Falls Creek.
Harrietville & Anglers Rest – At these two rest stops, the appropriate food valet bag will be ready for your collection upon arrival, and the bag will be disposed of after you have collected your food.
Dinner Plain – At Dinner Plain your valet bag with fresh clothing will be ready for collection upon arrival. You will also have your empty ‘return valet bag’ inside, which you can fill with any unwanted or used clothing, and leave at the valet drop-off point to be returned to the event village.
Once you’ve crossed the finish line, your return valet bag will be available for collection from the valet pick-up point at the Slalom Plaza Event Village.
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