Peaks Challenge Falls Creek

Training & Preparation

2021 Training Camp

Join the ultimate Peaks Challenge training camp and spend a weekend with Peaks specialists Stephen Lane and Alison McCormack as they help you get event ready and achieve your goals on the bike.

This is training at it's best. This is your time. This is Peaks Challenge. 

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Formulated by HPTEK

Training Programs

Our 16-week training programs are created by Dr. Stephen Lane from HPTek. Stephen is an 8 hour wave leader for Team Bicycle Network and is dedicated to helping you reach your goals – whether that’s completing your first Peaks Challenge or going faster than before.

Our training programs kicked off on Monday 16 November.

Stephen will be sharing regular videos to run through the upcoming elements of the training programs and give you a better understanding of what is needed to achieve your goal on the bike.

Plus, stay tuned for upcoming Facebook Live streams where you can ask any questions about your training.

tRAINING PROGRAMS

16 Nov 2020 – 7 Mar 2021

Collective On Demand Zwift training sessions

Our friends at Collective On Demand have re-created 2 x weekly sessions from our 16-week training programs into OnDemand Audio training workouts, with accompanying easy access Zwift work out files. Learn more about how to use On Demand with custom workouts in Zwift here

This means you can train at home anytime and get maximum benefit – with the OnDemand Coaches using RPE (Rate of Perceived Effort) to motivate you to keep the right intensity, at the right times and for the right duration. All while your smart trainer syncs to the resistance changes of the Zwift workout.

Each session (approx. 30 – 75mins) is accompanied by an awesome playlist, mixed by local Melbourne DJ’s, bringing you the highest standard of immersive training.

Sign up to Collective On Demand and get started today for an all inclusive price of $39 per rider (only $1.22 per session) to level up your training.

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Team Bicycle Network

Training rides

Dandenongs training ride for Peaks Challenge

Team Bicycle Network are not just your domestiques on event day. They put in time and effort during their training to help you keep your preparation on track.

Regular training rides will be scheduled from November – March.

Don’t forget to join the Bicycle Network strava club so you’re the first to hear when new training ride dates are released.

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Team Bicycle Network rides

We have regular rides coming up to help you with your Peaks Challenge training. Join Team Bicycle Network for a chance to ride and chat with the crew that will be out on-route with you in March.

*Before registering for a training ride, please ensure you read and adhere to our training ride terms and conditions

Sunday 12pm (weekly) | Peaks Challenge x Zwift ride
Start time

12:00pm

Ride leaders

Josh McLellan, Justin Benson, Richard Cross, Ben Gove

Route

Mountain 8 (32km / 677m elevation)

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  • 9 hour pace, 3-4w/kg (<60mins)

  • 11 hour pace, 2.5-3w/kg (60–70mins)

  • 12 hour pace, 2.5w/kg (75mins)

This year has not been easy to get consistent climbs in the legs IRL. So as restrictions ease, Team Bicycle Network will be leading a series of virtual training rides on Zwift to help keep your training on track. Plus, it’s a great time to chat Peaks with the riders who know the route better than most.

Please note, all groups will roll out together and then ride leaders will brief in attendees on the pace they will be riding via the chat function on Zwift.

Be sure to ‘Register Interest’ to receive up to date email notifications of when and where we will be riding!

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Sunday 24 January | Dandenongs ft. Terrys Ave (VIC) | 85km
Start time

7:00am rollout (please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leader

Josh McLellan

Meet up spot

Start: The Basin (Bottom of 1in20)
Finish: Proserpina Bakery (Top of 1in20)

Route

85km / 2100m elevation – View route

Pace

9 hour (approx 26-27 km/h)

Notes

Riders can tackle climbs at their own pace, with regroup points after significant climbs. 

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, two bidons of water, nutrition and sunscreen. If you are unable to complete the training ride please have Plan B (friend or family member to come and collect you). 

Please note, this is a free training ride but registration is essential to ensure ride leaders are aware of expected numbers.

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Sunday 31 January | Neerim South - Mt Baw Baw (VIC) | 132km
Start time

7:00am rollout (please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leader

Justin Benson

Meet up spot

Neerim South Recreation Reserve (Car Park)

Route

132km / 3,313m elevation – View route

Pace

10-11 hour (approx 22-24 km/h)

Notes

Riders can tackle climbs at their own pace, with regroup points after significant climbs. 

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, two bidons of water, nutrition and sunscreen. If you are unable to complete the training ride please have Plan B (friend or family member to come and collect you). 

Please note, this is a free training ride but registration is essential to ensure ride leaders are aware of expected numbers.

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Friday 5 March | Members social ride & coffee | Falls Creek
Start time

2:30pm rollout (please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leader

Stephen Lane

Meet up spot

Falls Creek event village

Route

Falls Creek – Trapyard Gap (return)

Pace

No drop

Notes

This social ride is open to Bicycle Network members and is the perfect chance for a pre-event spin with Stephen Lane and Team Bicycle Network.

We’ll meet in the event village at Falls Creek for a 2:30pm rollout to Trapyard Gap and back before grabbing a coffee at Falls Creek (Bicycle Network’s shout!).

Stephen Lane and Team Bicycle Network’s wave leaders will be on hand to answer any pre-event Peaks Challenge questions.

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Rapha x Peaks Challenge training rides

Our friends at Rapha are leading a series of training rides each month to help you get ready for Peaks Challenge. Please note, each ride is capped at 20 people and registration is essential to secure your spot. Stay tuned Adelaide and Sydney, details for your next ride are coming soon!

Saturday 9 January | Canberra Rapha x Peaks Challenge training ride
Start time

7:00am

Meet-up spot

ANU North Road bridge

Route

170km – View route

Pace

No drop

Notes

Feed Stop(s):
Some Cafe, Collector (60km)
Merino Cafe, Gunning (103km)
Sutton Bakery, Sutton (150km)
Tilley’s, Lyneham (170km)

Please download the GPX file and add onto your device.

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Saturday 16 January | Melbourne Rapha x Peaks Challenge training ride
Start time

6:00am

Meet-up spot

Hoppa & Joe – 457 Heidelberg Rd, Fairfield

Route

164km / 2600m elevation – View route

Pace

Approx. 27km/h (Level: advanced)

Notes

Join Rapha for another Peaks Challenge training ride. We will take you to St Andrews then along Buttermans Track into Yarra Glen and across to Healesville (70km) to top up the bidons and grab some food.

Departing Healesville and up Myeres Creek Rd into Toolangi State forest, down Melba Hwy to Kinglake-Glenburn Rd where we will climb up to Kinglake (115km) for our lunch stop for the day. Back into town via Kangaroo Ground, Research, and Eltham.

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Saturday 16 January | Adelaide Rapha x Peaks Challenge training ride
Start time

8:00am

Meet-up spot

Red Berry Espresso – 2 L’Estrange St, Glenside

Route

94km/1790m elevation – View route

Pace

Approx. 27km/h (Level: advanced)

Notes

Join Rapha for another Peaks Challenge training ride. Pat and Max will take you on a solid day of climbing in preparation for the Peaks Challenge. They will focus on keeping relaxed on the climbs and conserving energy for the big day out.

Please download the GPX file and add onto your device.

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Saturday 20 February | Canberra Rapha x Peaks Challenge training ride
Start time

7:00am

Meet-up spot

ANU North Road bridge

Route

210km – View route

Pace

No drop

Notes

Feed Stop(s):
Cotter Camping Ground water stop (24km)
Kaffeine, Yass (95km)
Village Cafe, Murrumbateman (122km)
Cork St Cafe, Gundaroo (153km)
Uniting Station, Eagle Hawk (185km)

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Women's Community

At Bicycle Network, we’re committed to getting more women riding and addressing the gender imbalance in bike riding. At Peaks Challenge 2020 only 10% of riders were female and we’d like to change that. In the lead up to Peaks Challenge 2021 we have tailored events and support for women who are keen to have a crack at the event but are not sure where to start, or women who are looking for like-minded riders.

Pre-event info session (online)

Thinking of taking on Peaks Challenge Falls Creek?

Watch our latest video from Women’s Community info night where Team Bicycle Network’s female wave leaders talk about the ride and answer questions on how to prepare and what to expect as well as navigating around the barriers of COVID-19.

Subscribe below to stay stay up to date with what we have happening with our Women’s Community and Peaks Challenge! 

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Descending skills session with Kate Perry

From years of rider feedback, we have learnt that one of the key barriers to women riding Peaks Challenge is a lack of confidence with descending.

To help you get event ready, join one of our two women’s only descending skills sessions led by cycling coach Kate Perry. The sessions are designed to help build confidence by improving your descending technique and skills.

Key details
  • Date: 9 Jan or 16 Jan (please register for one session only)
  • Time: 10:30am – 12pm
  • Location: Whittlesea, Victoria (exact location will be emailed before the sessions)

Please note, our descending skills sessions are now booked out. Register below to get added to the waiting list and we’ll let you know if a spot becomes available.

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Blog

The new 100km route

We've introduced a significantly shorter 100km route at Peaks Challenge Falls Creek. But in true Peaks fashion, it is certainly not going to be a walk in the park.

Intro to training zones

Whether you are a first timer to Peaks Challenge looking for a big new challenge or you are returning rider looking to go faster to achieve your goal time, following a structured training plan is always a great way to ensure you are ticking all the boxes to achieve optimal fitness.

Riding out of COVID

With the uncertainty of COVID-19 meaning less time on the bike and wavering motivation, here are Stephen Lane's tips to get your training back on track.

Are you ready to tackle Peaks Challenge?

Not sure if you're ready to tackle Peaks Challenge? We chatted to 12 hour wave leader Crossy about his motivation and what keeps him coming back for more.

Peaks Challenge X Tour de France

Peaks Challenge Falls Creek has long been regarded as one of the hardest rides in Australia but how does it stack up against a mountain stage of the Tour de France?

12 things to know when signing up

Everyone has a different motivation to join Peaks Challenge, but here's 12 things you should know when you're signing up.

Special thanks to Winners

Event nutrition

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The Peaks Challenge Nutrition Pack contains a mix of products to help ensure you have the nutrition you need to train for the event and perform at your best. Winners Energy Bars are a great source of low GI carbohydrates, whilst the gels and chews give you the quick energy boost to maximise performance throughout every session.

Winners 10% discount offer

Winners are offering a 10% discount from winnersbars.com for all riders participating in Peaks Challenge 2021.

Use coupon code: Peaks2021

Special thanks to Prepd

Event hydration

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Join the club

Bicycle Network’s Strava club has a whole host of like-minded athletes and regular training rides. Join the club and stay tuned for local training rides in the lead up to events near you.

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Your domestiques

Team Bicycle Network

At Peaks Challenge we don’t just provide you with food and water. We have a full team dedicated to setting the pace, rhythm and the attitude that’s required for a good day in the saddle.

You can expect lots of encouragement, support and help with pace setting from Team Bicycle Network.

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