Peaks Challenge Falls Creek

Training & Preparation

Check out our tips, advice and featured training rides to help you prepare for Peaks Challenge Falls Creek 

Blog

Get ready to train

The 12 things you should know when signing up for a Peaks Challenge event.

One month to go

We’re now on the final straight, charging towards Peaks Challenge Falls Creek – one of the most challenging rides of the year. It's not too late to gear up.

Nutrition tips

A Peaks Challenge ride is gruelling – you need to keep yourself fuelled to tackle the climbs and power through the kilometres.

Lifestyle shifts

How to get yourself through the lifestyle shift when preparing for a Peaks Challenge event.

Conquering Peaks

10 tips for conquering one of the world's toughest cycling challenges.

Join the club

Kick off your training the right way and join Bicycle Network’s Strava club. Stay tuned for upcoming training rides in the lead up to events near you.

Team Bicycle Network & Rapha Mobile Clubhouse

Training rides

Victoria

Saturday 3 February - Kinglake (Rapha Mobile Clubhouse)
  • Time: 7:00am
  • Ride leader: Chris Stack
  • Meeting location: 32 Guilford Lane. Melbourne, 3000
  • Route: Kinglake – Victorias most accessible climb from the Melbourne CBD.
  • Distance: 122km
  • Pace: No drop

 

Notes

Rapha Clubhouse will host you for an espresso before enjoying the endless undulating roads out to Kinglake National Park via Diamond Creek, Nutfield and St Andrews before summiting the notorious climb.

Don’t be upset, it doesn’t end there – they will then drop down the back toward the Mernda highway to also summit from the back side.

Strava event
Sunday 11 February - Warrandyte (Team Bicycle Network)
  • Time: 7:00am sharp
  • Ride leaders: James Garriock, Iain Matheson, Cam Clamp, Laurence Basell, Keith Leonard, Alison McCormack, Justin Benson, Kate Penglase, Daniel Frawley and Richard Cross
  • Meeting location: 101 Yarra St (also known as Warrandyte Rd)
  • Route: Warrandyte / Healsville / St Andrews
  • Distance: 112km
  • Pace: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 hours

 

Notes

Briefing at 7am sharp at the car park/toilet block

Strava event
Sunday 11 February - 1/20 and The Wall (Rapha Mobile Clubhouse)
  • Time: 7:00am
  • Ride leader: Oscar Stevenson
  • Meeting location: 32 Guilford Lane. Melbourne, 3000
  • Route: 1/20 and The Wall from the Melbourne CBD.
  • Distance: 116km
  • Pace: Tempo

 

Notes

Tackle one of Melbourne’s most popular climbs, the 1 in 20. The route features some of Melbourne’s bike path network which may be new to some. Once regrouped at the top of the 1/20 the group will descend through the lush Sherbrooke Forrest before climbing the renowned ‘Wall’, a steep 6.5km climb. The group will return along a mix of bike paths and roads before finishing at the Rapha Melbourne Clubhouse for a coffee (or three).

Strava event
Saturday 17 February - Kinglake (Rapha Mobile Clubhouse)
  • Time: 7:00am
  • Ride leader: Chris Stack
  • Meeting location: 32 Guilford Lane. Melbourne, 3000
  • Route: Kinglake – Victorias most accessible climb from the Melbourne CBD.
  • Distance: 163km
  • Pace: Tempo

 

Notes

This will serve as the second last Peaks training ride hosted by Rapha and the RCC. A great opportunity to keep building that endurance and iron out your nutrition plan.

Strava event
Sunday 18 February - Warburton Giro Plus Plus (Team Bicycle Network)
  • Time: 6:30am sharp departure (6:20am meeting)
  • Ride leaders: Justin Benson, Laurence Basell, Iain Matheson, Keith Leonard, Kate Penglase, Prita J, Shel Hyde, Daniel Frawley, Fats Taj and Richard Cross
  • Meeting location: Warburton Recreation Reserve car park
  • Distance: 180km (4,656m elevation)
  • Pace: 9, 10, 11 and 12 hours

 

Notes

Ride follows the (now) Giro Della Donna circuit, via Reefton Spur but diverting off for a Lake Mountain climb, before descending to Marysville and then climbing back up Donna Buang via Acheron Way.

Strava event
Sunday 25 February - Dandenongs loop (Rapha Mobile Clubhouse)
  • Time: 7:00am
  • Ride leader: Oscar Stevenson
  • Meeting location: 32 Guilford Lane. Melbourne, 3000
  • Route: Dandenongs loop from the Melbourne CBD.
  • Distance: 157km
  • Pace: Tempo

 

Notes

This ride will cover some of the more well know climbs such as the 1/20 and The Wall as well as some roads that are likely to be new to some. This ride has a mix of steady climbing, rolling roads as well as a steep pinch coming out of cockatoo (around 95km in), to replicate WTF corner.

The ride will again travel out and back along Melbourne’s bike path network.

Strava event

New South Wales

Sunday 4 February - Peaks Challenge training ride 1 (Rapha Mobile Clubhouse)
  • Time: 7:00am
  • Ride leader: Darcy Ellerm Norton
  • Meeting location: 4/410 crown street, Surry Hills. 2010
  • Route: Heading south to savour some of the most iconic roads that NSW has to offer through the Royal National Park (the second National Park in the world).
  • Distance: 122km
  • Pace: Tempo

 

Notes

Join Darcy of the Rapha Clubhouse, Sydney on the first NSW training ride for Peaks Challenge Falls Creek. 

This loop contains some breath taking scenery as well as some lung burning climbs. There will be multiple spots to regroup on the ride before returning to the Clubhouse on Crown Street for a coffee.

Strava event
Sunday 11 February - Peaks Challenge training ride 2 (Rapha Mobile Clubhouse)
  • Time: 7:00am
  • Ride leader: Angus Whittle
  • Meeting location: 4/410 crown street, Surry Hills. 2010
  • Route: Gus will take you one his favourite 4 Gorges loop; 150km with plenty of spots to re group and re fill your bidons.
  • Distance: 155km
  • Pace: Tempo

 

Notes

Clubhouse staff member and Peaks Challenge entrant Angus Whittle will be leading an open training ride that will take in some of the most valued training roads on the Northern side of Sydney. 

Strava event
Sunday 18 February - Peaks Challenge training ride 3 (Rapha Mobile Clubhouse)
  • Time: 7:00am
  • Ride leader: Angus Whittle
  • Meeting location: 4/410 crown street, Surry Hills. 2010
  • Route: Gus will take you on his favourite 4 Gorges loop with an add on of the Brooklyn descent to the Hawkesbury River and the climb back out; 175km with plenty of spots to re group and re fill your bidons.
  • Distance: 175km
  • Pace: Tempo

 

Notes

Clubhouse staff member and Peaks Challenge entrant Angus Whittle will be leading an open training ride that will take in some of the most valued training roads on the Northern side of Sydney. 

Strava event
Sunday 25 February - Peaks Challenge training ride 4 (Rapha Mobile Clubhouse)
  • Time: 7:00am
  • Ride leader: Darcy Ellerm Norton
  • Meeting location: 4/410 crown street, Surry Hills. 2010
  • Route: Heading south to savour some of the most iconic roads that NSW has to offer through the Royal National Park (the second National Park in the world).
  • Distance: 162km
  • Pace: No drop

 

Notes

This ride will serve as the last big training ride for Sydney riders that are entered for the Peaks Challenge 

This double loop contains some breath taking scenery as well as some lung burning climbs. There will be multiple spots to regroup on the ride before returning to the Clubhouse on Crown Street for a coffee.

Strava event

Queensland

Saturday 3 Feburary - Glasshouse Mtns – Montville (Team Bicycle Network)
  • Time: 6:30am sharp
  • Ride leaders: Amanda Reddy, Owen Macphillamy and Mark Skeates
  • Meeting location: Landsborough Railway Station
  • Route: Peachester / Palmwoods / Montville
  • Distance: 110km
  • Pace: 25km/h
Notes

From Landsborough the climbing ride starts straight away with a 10% grade climb towards Maleny ridge then a loop round to Peachester. Up over Bald Knob back to Landsborough for a cafe break and on to the burgs through Eudlo for the Montville Climb.

South along the ridge, the ride ends with a fun descent back to the start/finish point. Have a big breakfast and bring plenty of food and water for this one!

STRAVA EVENT

powered by world bicycle relief

Peaks eChallenge

We’ve partnered with Zwift and World Bicycle Relief (WBR) to introduce our Peaks eChallenge. Kicking off from Jan 7, WBR ambassador Ben Gove and cycle coach, Mick Curran will hold weekly social rides and group training rides on Zwift.

The program

The Peaks eChallenge program is free to any riders – simply choose from one of the rides below, get on Zwift and get training!

Week 1 / 7 Jan - 14 Jan

Jan 7 | Social ride | Sun 13:05 AEDT | Course: Three sisters – Go to ride

Jan 9 | Group training | Tue 06:00 AEST | Course: Watopia Flat Route – Go to ride

Jan 9 | Social ride | Tue 19:00 AEST | Course: Hilly loop – Go to ride

Jan 11 | Structured ride | Thur 18:30 AEST | Course: Mountain climb – Go to ride

Jan 12 | Group training | Fri 18:30 AEST | Course: Greater London Flat – Go to ride

Jan 14 | Social ride | Sun 13:00 AEST | Course: Three sisters – Go to ride

 

Week 2 / 16 Jan - 21 Jan

Jan 16 | Group training | Tue 06:00 AEST | Course: TBC

Jan 16 | Social ride | Tue 19:00 AEST | Course: Hilly loop

Jan 18 | Structured ride | Thurs 18:30 AEST | Course: Mountain Climb – Go to ride

Jan 19 | Group training | Fri 18:30 AEST | Course: Volcano Flat – Go to ride

Jan 21 | Social ride | Sun 13:05 AEST | Course: Three sisters – Go to ride

 

Week 3 / 23 Jan - 28 Jan

Jan 23 | Group training | Tue 06:00 AEST | Course: Richmond Hilly Roads – Go to ride

Jan 23 | Social ride | Tue 19:00 AEST | Course: London loop – Go to ride

Jan 25 | Structured ride | Thurs 18:30 AEST | Course: Mountain Climb – Go to ride

Jan 26 | Group training | Fri 06:00 AEST | Course: Volcano Flat – Go to ride

Jan 28 | Social ride | Sun 13:00 AEST | Course: Three sisters

 

Week 4 / 30 Jan - 4 Feb

Jan 30 | Social ride | Tue 06:00 AEST | Course: Greater London Flat – Go to ride

Jan 30 | Social ride | Tue 19:00 AEST| Course: London Loop – Go to ride

Feb 01 | Structured ride | Thurs 18:30 AEST | Course: Watopia Mountain Route – Go to ride

Feb 02 | Group training | Fri 18:30 AEST | Course: Volcano Flat – Go to ride

Feb 04 | Group training | Sun 13:05 AEST | Course: Three Sisters – Go to ride

 

Week 5 / 6 Feb - 11 Feb

Feb 06 | Group training | Tue 06:00 AEST | Course: TBC – Go to ride

Feb 06 | Social ride | Tue 19:00 AEST | Course: London PRL Half – Go to ride

Feb 08 | Structured ride | Thurs 18:30 AEST | Course: Watopia Hilly Route – Go to ride

Feb 09 | Group training | Fri 06:00 AEST | Course: Richmond Flat Roads – Go to ride

Feb 11 | Social ride | Sun 13:00 AEST | Course: Three sisters

 

Week 6 / 13 Feb - 18 Feb

Feb 13 | Social ride | Tue 06:00 AEST | Course: Three sisters

Feb 13 | Social ride | Tue 19:00 AEST | Course: Hilly loop

Feb 15 | Structured ride | Thurs 18:30 AEST | Course: Mountain Climb

Feb 16 | Group training | Fri 06:00 AEST | Course: TBC

Feb 18 | Group training | Sun 13:00 AEST  | Course: TBC

Week 7 / 20 Feb - 25 Feb

Feb 20 | Group training | Tue 06:00 AEST | Course: TBC

Feb 20 | Social ride | Tue 19:00 AEST | Course: Hilly loop

Feb 22 | Structured ride | Thurs 18:30 AEST | Course: Mountain Climb

Feb 23 | Group training | Fri 06:00 AEST | Course: TBC

Feb 25 | Social ride | Sun 13:00 AEST | Course: Three sisters

Week 8 / 27 Feb - 4 Mar

Feb 27 | Group training | Tue 06:00 AEST | Course: TBC

Feb 27 | Social ride | Tue 19:00 AEST | Course: Hilly loop

Mar 01 | Structured ride | Thurs 18:30 AEST | Course: Mountain Climb

Mar 02 | Group training | Fri 06:00 AEST | Course: TBC

Mar 04 | Social ride | Sun 13:00 AEST | Course: Three sisters

Workouts

Can’t make a Peaks eChallenge event? Download the workouts here. Learn more about importing workouts here.

What’s Zwift?

The Peaks eChallenge is there to support your IRL training. Zwift is serious training made fun, allowing you to ride, train and race real-time with thousands of cyclists around the globe in a virtual world.

Zwift offers Peaks riders and opportunity to train together and socialise regardless of where you are from. You can join social rides, group training workouts and multiple workouts to be completed in your own time.

Beginners guide
Meet Mike Curran

Mick Curran is a World class central coast cyclist offering Coaching Programs, Bike Fitting, Lactate Testing and Power Profile Tests. This year he teams up with Bicycle Network and Zwift to offer his knowledge of training and racing which has seen him breaking World Records and win World Titles, World Cups and multiple National Championships. Mick will be joining us in Peaks Challenge Falls Creek and also offers full training programs for anyone who wants to take cycling to the next level.

See and be seen

Light up

All Peaks Challenge Falls Creek riders need to have working, legal bike lights. The ride goes down Falls Creek before the sun comes up and it can also get dark towards the end of the 13 hours.

You will need to use lights and riders without a compliant set will be asked to retire.

The rules for bike lights in Victoria are that when it is dark you must use a front white light that is visible for 200 metres and a rear red light.

To help you make sure you’re covered we’ve done the hard yards and tested 40 lights available on the market to find the most effective and best value lights.

Click here to see the best bike lights.

Brought to you by Specialized

Choosing the right saddle

Tackle your next challenge at Peaks Challenge Falls Creek

Learn more

Want to hear more?

Subscribe and keep up to date with the latest bike riding news

Subscribe