Training & Preparation

A collection of tips and training advice to help you tackle rides in the Peaks Challenge series

Get ready to train

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

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.

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Training rides

Victoria

Sunday 26 November - Dandenongs loop
  • Time: 7:00am sharp start (6:55am briefing)
  • Ride leaders: Alison McCormack and Iain Matheson
  • Meeting location: The Basin shop (near pedestrian lights)
  • Route: 1:20-Onetree-Montrose-Crescent
  • Distance: 70km
  • Pace: 9 hour and 10 hour pace
Notes

There are always cars in the Dandenongs, as well as debris on the road, water, leaves and wildlife. Please ride within your limits and ride safe. You’re ultimately responsible for your own food, spares, repairs and safety on this ride.

sTRAVA EVENT
Saturday 9 December - St Andrews / King Lake
  • Time: 7:00am sharp start 
  • Ride leaders: Jame Garriock, Iain Matheson, Simon Belleflamme, Prita Jobling Baker, Kate Penglase, Justin Benson, Richard Cross 
  • Meeting location: St Andrews car park
  • Route: St Andrews and King Lake three ways
  • Distance: Approx 100km
  • Pace: 8 hour, 9 hour, 10 hour, 11 hour and 12 hour
Notes

This is a real “rhythm” ride where we will encourage everyone to try to do the 100kms with just one very short stop at King Lake for the bathroom. Coffee afterwards at A Boy Named Sue.

Strava event
Saturday 16 December - Warrandyte
  • Time: 7:00am sharp
  • Ride leaders: James Garriock, Cam Clamp and Keith Leonard
  • Meeting location: 101 Yarra St (car park)
  • Route: Warrandyte – King Lake return
  • Distance: 90km
  • Pace: 8 hour and 9 hour pace
Notes

This is a very hilly route with 2000m climbing in only 90kms.

Strava event
Sunday 14 January - Mt Baw Baw
  • Time: 7:00am sharp
  • Ride leaders: Kate Penglase, Iain Matheson, Justin Benson and Prita J
  • Meeting location: Neerim South Recreation Reserve
  • Route: Mt Baw Baw
  • Distance: 132km
  • Pace: 9 hour, 10 hour and 11 hour
Notes

Departure at 7am from the car park at the Neerim South Recreation Reserve on Neerim East Road (near the junction with Main Neerim Road/C425)

Strava event
Saturday 27 January - Warbuton to Lake Mountain (return)
  • Time: 7:00am sharp (6:55am briefing)
  • Ride leaders: Iain Matheson
  • Meeting location: Warburton Recreation Reserve
  • Route: Warburton to Lake Mountain return
  • Distance: 120km
  • Pace: 9 hour
Notes

Meeting point is the park just before the shell garage in Warburton. Heading up Reefton supur, onto Lake Mountain and return

Strava event

Queensland

Sunday 26 November - Sunshine coast (Buderim climbs)
  • Time: 6:00am
  • Ride leaders: Owen MacPhilamy
  • Meeting location: 330 Mons Rd, Forest Glen QLD 4556 (Kunara Health Food) 
  • Route: Buderim climbs
  • Distance: 81.4km
  • Pace: 9-10 hour
Notes

An up and down course that has plenty of opportunities to re-group, turn early or join late (if riding from Maroochydore).

If driving to the start there is parking near Horse Land (on Mons Rd).

There are always cars in the area, as well as debris on the road, water, leaves and wildlife. Please ride within your limits and ride safe. You’re ultimately responsible for your own food, spares, repairs and safety on this ride.

Strava event

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