Peaks Challenge Falls Creek

Training & Preparation

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Training Programs

Our Peaks Challenge Falls Creek specific 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.

Great ready to ride, training programs kick off on 18 November 2019.

Stephen will also share regular videos from November to run through the upcoming elements of the training programs and give you a better understanding of what is needed to achieve your goal. We’ll also host upcoming Facebook Live streams on our Facebook page so be sure to hit ‘going’ and keep up to date.

Training programs

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.

Be sure to check join the Bicycle Network strava club so you’re the first to hear when new training ride dates are released.

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Upcoming rides...

Saturday 16 November | No Sleep Til' (NSW) - 100km
Start time

6:00am rollout (please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leader

Sheyleigh & Jason (Peaks Challenge ambassadors)

Meet up spot

Avenue Road Café, Mosman

Route

100km / 1,643m elevation – View route

Pace

22 – 25km/h (11 – 12 hour pace)

Notes

This ride is perfect for anyone keen to get training on some climbs on a consistent basis in the lead up to Peaks Challenge.

Riders can tackle climbs at their own pace, with regroup points after significant climbs where the group will come back together as a bunch till the next climb. 

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, nutrition and sunscreen is a must. 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.

Register now
Saturday 23 November | South Australia - 106km
Start time

8:00am rollout (please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leader

Tim Klein & Rob Burgess (Peaks Challenge ambassadors)

Meet up spot

Red Berry Espresso – Green Hill Rd

Route

106km / 1,931m elevation – View route

Pace

22 – 25km/h (11 – 12 hour pace)

Notes

This ride is perfect for anyone keen to get training on some climbs on a consistent basis in the lead up to Peaks Challenge.

Riders can tackle climbs at their own pace, with regroup points after significant climbs where the group will come back together as a bunch till the next climb. 

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, nutrition and sunscreen is a must. 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.

Register now
Saturday 30 November | West Side Story (NSW) - 120km
Start time

5:30am rollout (please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leader

Sheyleigh & Jason (Peaks Challenge ambassadors)

Meet up spot

Avenue Road Café, Mosman

Route

120km / 1,952m elevation – View route

Pace

22 – 25km/h (11 – 12 hour pace)

Notes

This ride is perfect for anyone keen to get training on some climbs on a consistent basis in the lead up to Peaks Challenge.

Riders can tackle climbs at their own pace, with regroup points after significant climbs where the group will come back together as a bunch till the next climb. 

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, nutrition and sunscreen is a must. 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.

Save the date – registrations will open approx 2 weeks before the ride.

Saturday 7 December | Total Rush women's ride (VIC) - 77km
Start time

6:45am

Ride leaders

Total Rush women’s cycling team

Meet up spot

Rush Cafe – 3 Stewart St Richmond VIC 3121

Route

Park Orchards Loop (77km / 1500m elevation) – View route

Pace

Approx 20 km/h (Total time: 4 hours plus stops)

Notes

We’ll head out to Warrandyte via Mount Pleeasant and Stony Creek Road. We will then head towards Park Orchards, before heading home via the bike path.

This ride is perfect for intermediate riders. We will regroup at the top of major climbs and stop to refill water bottles if necessary.

Parking is limited, please use public transport to Richmond Station. Please bring spares, 2 x full water bottles and enough food to get you through the ride. We will end the ride at Rush cafe for those who would like to join us for a coffee and post-ride chat.

Join the Total Rush X Peaks Women’s Training Ride #2 Facebook event for the latest updates

Saturday 7 December | Bright – Mt Hotham return (VIC) - 112km
Start time

8:30am roll out (please arrive 15 minutes early for pre-ride briefing)

Ride leaders

Erin and Katie (Peaks Challenge ambassadors)

Meet up spot

Sixpence Coffee – 15 Wills St, Bright VIC 3741

Route

Bright – Mt Hotham return (112km / 1938m elevation) – View route

Pace

Approx 22 km/h – 25 km/h (10 – 11 hour pace)

Notes

Come down for pre-ride brews with the crew from 8:00am at Sixpence Coffee.

The group will roll together to Harrietville and then everyone is free to climb up Mt Hotham at their own pace (with a regroup point at the top). Riders keen to go quicker or slower than the advertised pace are welcome but will need to be comfortable being more self supported on the ride.

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

Save the date – registrations will open approx 2 weeks before the ride.

Saturday 14 December | Peak-A-Boo (NSW) - 140km
Start time

5:30am rollout (please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leader

Sheyleigh & Jason (Peaks Challenge ambassadors)

Meet up spot

Avenue Road Café, Mosman

Route

140km / 2,531m elevation – View route

Pace

22 – 25km/h (11 – 12 hour pace)

Notes

This ride is perfect for anyone keen to get training on some climbs on a consistent basis in the lead up to Peaks Challenge.

Riders can tackle climbs at their own pace, with regroup points after significant climbs where the group will come back together as a bunch till the next climb. 

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, nutrition and sunscreen is a must. 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.

Save the date – registrations will open approx 2 weeks before the ride.

Saturday 4 January | Gorgeous Gorges (NSW) - 160km
Start time

5:00am rollout (please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leader

Sheyleigh & Jason (Peaks Challenge ambassadors)

Meet up spot

Avenue Road Café, Mosman

Route

160km / 2,727m elevation – View route

Pace

22 – 25km/h (11 – 12 hour pace)

Notes

This ride is perfect for anyone keen to get training on some climbs on a consistent basis in the lead up to Peaks Challenge.

Riders can tackle climbs at their own pace, with regroup points after significant climbs where the group will come back together as a bunch till the next climb. 

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, nutrition and sunscreen is a must. 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.

Save the date – registrations will open approx 2 weeks before the ride.

Saturday 18 January | Too Much Wisdom (NSW) - 180km
Start time

4:45am rollout (please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leader

Sheyleigh & Jason (Peaks Challenge ambassadors)

Meet up spot

Avenue Road Café, Mosman

Route

180km / 2,957m elevation – View route

Pace

22 – 25km/h (11 – 12 hour pace)

Notes

This ride is perfect for anyone keen to get training on some climbs on a consistent basis in the lead up to Peaks Challenge.

Riders can tackle climbs at their own pace, with regroup points after significant climbs where the group will come back together as a bunch till the next climb. 

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, nutrition and sunscreen is a must. 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.

Save the date – registrations will open approx 2 weeks before the ride.

Saturday 8 February | Total Rush women's ride (VIC) - 190km
Start time

TBC

Ride leaders

Total Rush women’s cycling team

Meet up spot

Rush Cafe – 3 Stewart St Richmond VIC 3121

Route

Arthurs Seat (190km / 2000m elevation) – View route

Pace

Approx 20 km/h (Total time: 9 hours plus stops)

Notes

The group ride will roll down to Arthurs Seat to spectate the Sun Tour Stage 4. It’s a one way ride, but you have the option to return with the group after the stage finish.

This ride is perfect for intermediate riders. We will regroup at the top of major climbs and stop to refill water bottles if necessary.

Parking is limited, please use public transport to Richmond Station. Please bring spares, 2 x full water bottles and enough food to get you through the ride. We will end the ride at Rush cafe for those who would like to join us for a coffee and post-ride chat.

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Saturday 15 February | Hellavation (NSW) - 200km
Start time

4:30am rollout (please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leader

Sheyleigh & Jason (Peaks Challenge ambassadors)

Meet up spot

Avenue Road Café, Mosman

Route

200km / 3,338m elevation – View route

Pace

22 – 25km/h (11 – 12 hour pace)

Notes

This ride is perfect for anyone keen to get training on some climbs on a consistent basis in the lead up to Peaks Challenge.

Riders can tackle climbs at their own pace, with regroup points after significant climbs where the group will come back together as a bunch till the next climb. 

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, nutrition and sunscreen is a must. 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.

Save the date – registrations will open approx 2 weeks before the ride.

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

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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 2019 only 10% of riders were female and we’d like to change that. In the lead up to Peaks Challenge 2020 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.

Team Bicycle Network
Cheese and wine night

A free cheese and wine social night, featuring the Team Bicycle Network female wave leaders who will be sharing their stories and tips for the ride.

Whether you’ve already signed up for Peaks Challenge Falls Creek 2020 (or are thinking of joining), this free event is not to be missed! Register now to score a free musette bag on entry.

When: 6:00pm – 8:00pm on Wednesday 23 October 2019
Where: Bicycle Network HQ – 4/246 Bourke St, Melbourne

Women’s specific training rides

When: January and February 2020 (TBC)
Where: The Basin, Victoria

Pre-event info session

Meet the Team Bicycle Networks female wave leaders, ask all your questions and meet other like-minded women that will be at the event.

When: Monday 24 February 2020
Where: Bicycle Network HQ – 4/246 Bourke St, Melbourne

Total Rush women’s rides

We’re super stoked to have our friend’s at Total Rush leading some women’s only rides in the lead up to Peaks Challenge Falls Creek 2020.

They’ll be hosting some local rides around Melbourne for women who are thinking of having a crack at this year’s event, plus the team is also riding in March. It’s the perfect chance to find some riding buddies for event day!

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Total Rush women's cycling team

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Special thanks to Winners

Event nutrition

Peaks Challenge Nutrition Pack – Save 40%

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 2020.

Use coupon code: Peaks2020

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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