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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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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Virtual rides

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.

Sunday 12pm (weekly on Zwift) | Bicycle Network Peaks Challenge Training Series
Start time

12:00pm

Ride leader

Josh McLellan 

Route

Surrey Hills (44.2km / 1034m elevation)

Estimated ride time

Up to 2 hours

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  • 9 hour pace, 3-4w/kg (90-110mins):  Josh McLellan

  • 11 hour pace, 2.5-3w/kg (100-120mins): Justin Benson

  • 12 hour pace, 2.5w/kg (120mins): Richard Cross

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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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!

Sunday 13 December | Melbourne Rapha x Peaks Challenge training ride
Start time

7:30am

Meet-up spot

Outer Circle Social Club – 1/299 Arthur St, Fairfield

Route

120km – View route

Pace

Approx. 26–27km/h

Notes

Join Alby Iacuone and Rapha Clubhouse Manager Chris Stack on a ride out through Diamond Creek, Nutfield, St Andrews, up to Kinglake and down the Kinglake Glenburn Rd to the Gums Camping area to turn around.

Ride back up to Kinglake and return back into town with the ride concluding in Alghington. We will have a lunch stop the second time back through Kinglake. Water stops along the way.

Ride will be no-drop (approx. 26–27km/h average) taking into account the elevation.

Please download the GPX file and add onto your device.

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Sunday 13 December | Sydney Rapha x Peaks Challenge training ride
Start time

6:30am

Meet-up spot

Taylor Square, Darlinghurst

Route

126km | 1400m elevation – View route

Pace

Approx. 26–27km/h

Notes

A perfect training ride for Festive 500 or to build-up to Peaks Challenge 2021. This ride will venture out to Stanwell Tops via Symbio Wildlife Park, and return to Sydney via the Royal National Park (and Audley). Intermediate pace with spirited climbs (regrouping at the top).

First stop will be Stanwell Tops for coffee/bite to eat, with a second stop at Sutherland 7-11, before riding back to Surry Hills for end of ride park-up. Weather call will be made via the RCC ride chat morning of the ride in the case of inclement weather.

GPX file is indicative, as there are slight changes on the day.

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Sunday 13 December | Brisbane Rapha x Peaks Challenge training ride
Start time

5:30am

Meet-up spot

City Botanic Gardens, Goodwill Bridge

Route

71km – View route

Pace

Approx. 26–27km/h

Notes

Join us on our second training ride for Peaks Challenge. A leisurely stroll through Stampford before tackling the Goat Track, then continuing up to Nebo to enjoy a well earned coffee at the top.

This will be a no drop ride

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Saturday 19 December | Canberra Rapha x Peaks Challenge training ride
Start time

8:00am

Meet-up spot

ANU Union Court bridge

Route

115km – View route

Pace

No drop

Notes

We will ride to Nanima and then Gundaroo, looping back towards the start point. The aim of this ride series is to gradually build up to the Peaks distance. This is a great opportunity to practise your endurance, gear organisation and food intake. Riders will stick together as a bunch for most of the ride, with opportunities to regroup at the top of each climb.

There will likely be two bunches to cater to differing speeds.

There will be an opportunity for coffee/food and a toilet stop at Gundaroo part way through the ride, as well as a potential stop at Sutton bakery on the way back if needed. Contact Women’s Officer Melany if you have any questions women@vikingscycling.org.au

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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.

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

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Blog

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.

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.

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.

Building your base fitness

Our 16-week training plans kick off in November, but there’s plenty you can do from early spring to start building a solid base fitness on the bike.

Special thanks to Winners

Event nutrition

Winners - Nutrition Pack 2021
Peaks Challenge Nutrition Pack – Save 42%

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

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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