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 and 8 hour wave leader for Team Bicycle Network. The three programs are based on your expected volume of training (hours of training per week), so choose one that fits you.

Stephen will share fortnightly 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. We’ll also host upcoming Facebook Live streams on our Facebook event page so be sure to hit ‘going’ and keep up to date.

Training programs

Team Bicycle Network

Training rides

Training rides

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. Stay tuned for upcoming training rides near you led by the team.

In the mean time, join the Bicycle Network strava club so you’re the first to hear when training rides kick off.

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Upcoming rides...

Saturday 24 November - Tim's Adelaide special #1 - 97km (SA)
Time

08:00am (Please arrive at 07:50am for rider briefing)

Ride leaders 

Timothy Klein

Meeting location

Red Berry Espresso – 2 L’Estrange St, Glenside SA 5065

Pace

Approx 25km/h

Notes

Distance: 96.97km, Elevation: 1639m, Est Time: 4h59min

Strava event
Sunday 25 November - Dandenongs loop - 76km (VIC)
Time

7:00am roll out (please arrive 6:50am for briefing)

Ride leader

Bill Kontoulis

Meeting location

Bottom of 1 in 20 (The Basin car park)

Route

Dandenongs loop

Pace

12 hour (22km/h+) and 9 hour (27km/h) pace groups

Notes

Meet at bottom of the 1 in 20 (The Basin car park) at 6:50am ready to leave at 7:00am.

Training ride includes: 1 in 20, Devil’s Elbow, One Tree Hill, Perrins Creek Road, Olinda Cr, Olinda – Monbulk Rd (The Wall), Sky High, Inverness Rd and returning back to the 1 in 20 car park.

Strava event
Sunday 9 December - Warburton - 116km (VIC)
Time

7:00am roll out (please arrive 6:45am for briefing)

Ride leaders 

Shell Hyde and Fats Taj

Meeting location

Warburton Reserve carpark (opposite the Shell service station)

Route

Warburton – Reefton Spur – Marysville – Lake Mtn – Warburton

Pace

12 hour (22km/h+) pace

Notes

116km / 2474m climbing

Full route map TBC.

Thursday 13 December - Albert Park - Meet the team (VIC)
Time

6:00am roll out

Ride leaders 

Lee Turner and Ali McCormack

Meeting location

Albert Park pit lane 

Route

Albert Park laps

Pace

Social spin

Notes

Join the morning social ride and meet Team Bicycle Network.

Learn more and register for the ride here

Strava route
Saturday 15 December - Tim's Adelaide special #2 - 107km (SA)
Time

08:00am (Please arrive at 07:50am for rider briefing)

Ride leaders 

Timothy Klein

Meeting location

Red Berry Espresso – 2 L’Estrange St, Glenside SA 5065

Pace

Approx 25km/h

Notes

Distance: 106.81km, Elevation: 1946m, Est Time: 5h29min

Strava route
Sunday 16 December - Warrandyte - 112km (VIC)
Time

7:00am sharp

Ride leaders 

James Garriock

Meeting location

Car park at 101 Yarra St (also known as Warrandyte Rd)

Route

Warrandyte: beechworth bakery and the butterman

Pace

8 hour (30km/h) and 9 hour (27km/h) pace groups

Notes

112km riding and 2056m of climbing

Strava event
Saturday 29 December - Adelaide Hills - Distance TBC (SA)
Time

8:00am roll out (arrive at 7:50am for briefing)

Ride leaders 

Rob Burgess

Meeting location

Red Berry Espresso, Glenside

Route

Adelaide Hills, Red Berry cafe to Lenswood & Stirling .

Pace

10 hour (25km/h) pace

Notes

Full route map TBC.

Saturday 5 January - Tim's Adelaide special #3 - 92km (SA)
Time

08:00am (Please arrive at 07:50am for rider briefing)

Ride leaders 

Timothy Klein

Meeting location

Red Berry Espresso – 2 L’Estrange St, Glenside SA 5065

Pace

Approx 25km/h

Notes

Distance: 91.73km, Elevation: 2040m, Est Time: 4h47min

Strava route
Sunday 6 January - The Otways, Lorne - 196km (VIC)
Time

6:15am roll out (arrive at 6:00am for briefing)

Ride leaders 

Jess Douglas

Meeting location

Lorne Surf Life Saving Club

Route

The Otways BIG loop – Lorne

Pace

12 hour (22km/h+) pace

Notes

With eight weeks to go it’s time to nail a long ride with 3 solid (10km) climbs.

Ride will be stopping at Forrest, Lavers Hill and Apollo Bay for toilet & refuel stops.

Finish time should be 8 – 10 hours dependent on abilities. This is approximately an 8 – 9 hour ride.

Strava event
Sunday 13 January - Kinglake 3 ways - 101km (VIC)
Time

7:00am (please arrive 6:50am for rider briefing)

Ride leaders 

Prita Jobling-Baker

Meeting location

St Andrew car park

Route

Kinglake, Glenburn, Humevale

Pace

10 hour (25km/h) pace

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 post ride at A Boy Named Sue.

Strava route
Sunday 20 January - Dandenongs Crusifix - 71km (VIC)
Time

6:40am roll out (arrive 6:30am for briefing)

Ride leaders 

Justin Benson

Meeting location

Upper Ferntree Gully Station car park

Route

Dandenongs Cruxifix (71km / 2000m elevation)

Pace

10 hour (25km/h) and 11 hour (23km/h) pace groups

Notes
Strava route
Sunday 27 January - Wildwood double - 98km (VIC)
Time

06:40am rollout (please arrive 10 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leaders 

Richard Cross

Meeting location

AvantiPlus Cycles – 378 Keilor Road Niddrie

Route

Wildwood double loop (98km riding and 1046m climbing)

Pace

11 – 12 hour pace (22 – 25km/h)

Notes

Richard Cross (aka Crossy) will lead a group ride out to Melbourne’s North West. 

Please arrive at 6:30am so you’re ready to roll out at 6:40am.

Strava route
Saturday 5 January - Tim's Adelaide special #4 - 100km (SA)
Time

08:00am (Please arrive at 07:50am for rider briefing)

Ride leaders 

Timothy Klein

Meeting location

Red Berry Espresso – 2 L’Estrange St, Glenside SA 5065

Pace

Approx 25km/h

Notes

Distance: 100.20km, Elevation: 1717m, Est Time: 5hr14mins

Strava route
Sunday 3 February - Warrandyte to King Lake (return) - 90km (VIC)
Time

7:00am (please arrive at 6:50am for briefing)

Ride leaders 

James Garriock and Keith Leonard

Meeting location

Car park at 101 Yarra St (also known as Warrandyte Rd)

Route

Warrandyte – King Lake through the Yarra Valley (return)

Pace

9 hour (27km/h), 12 hour (22km/h) paces

Notes

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

Strava route
Sunday 10 February - Mt Baw Baw - 132km (VIC)
Time

7:00am roll out (arrive 6:50am for briefing)

Ride leaders 

Justin Benson and Kate Penglase

Meeting location

Neerim South Recreation Reserve

Route

Neerim – Mt Baw Baw (return)

Pace

9 hour 27km/h), 10 hour (25km/h), 11 hour (23km/h) and 12 hour (21km/h) pace groups.

Notes

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

Strava route
Sunday 17 February - Dandenongs (Ali special) - 100km+ (VIC)
Time

TBC

Ride leaders 

Ali McCormack and Lee Turner

Meeting location

Corner of High Street and Glenferrie Road (Malvern)

Route

Dandenongs loop

Pace

8 hour (30km/h) and 10 hour (25km/h) pace groups.

Notes

100km+ Dandenongs loop. Full route details TBC.

Sunday 24 February - Warburton 3 ascents - 175km (VIC)
Time

6:30am roll out (arrive 6:20am for briefing)

Ride leaders 

Justin Benson

Meeting location

Warburton Reserve carpark (opposite the Shell service station)

Route

Warburton – Reefton – Marysville – Lake Mountain – Donna Buang – Warburton

Pace

9 hour (27km/h), 10 hour (25km/h), 11 hour (23km/h) and 12 hour (21km/h) pace groups.

Notes

175km riding and 4066m elevation.

Strava route

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Special thanks to Winners

Event nutrition

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Ride with us

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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Thursday 13 December

Meet the team

Meet Team Bicycle Network before you’re out on the road with them at Peaks Challenge Falls Creek. These legends will be putting themselves through their paces to help you prepare for your ride and get over the finish line in your goal time on event..

12 hour Team Bicycle Network wave leaders

Join the morning social ride with leisurely Albert Park laps, before rolling into the event site for a free coffee and croissant and a chance to chat Peaks with the team.

When?

Thursday 13 December from 6:00am – 8:00am

Where?

Grand Prix Circuit start line – Albert Park

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