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 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...

Friday 11 January - Bright – Falls Creek (return) - 118km
Time

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

Ride leaders 

Jesse Featonby (Peaks Challenge ambassador)

Meeting location

Bright Ginger Baker Cafe

Route

Bright to Falls Creek (return) – 118km

Pace

28–30km/h

Notes

Rider level: Advanced

Strava event
Saturday 12 January - Moorabbin – Arthurs Seat (return) - 158km
Time

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

Ride leaders 

Meredith Clark (Peaks Challenge ambassador)

Meeting location

Kingston City Hall – Corner of South Rd and Nepean Highway, Moorabbin

Route

Moorabbin to Arthurs Seat (return)

Pace

12 hour (22km/h+)

Notes
Strava event
Sunday 13 January - Mt Macedon double & Baringo loop - 86km
Time

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

Ride leaders 

Shel Hyde and Fats Tajbhai

Meeting location

Centennial Park, Mt Macedon Rd, Macedon – in front of the toilet block

Route

Two climbs of Mt Macedon south side, Memorial cross and one climb of the “friendlier” Mt Macedon north side.

Pace

12 hour (22km/h+)

Notes

Post-ride coffee and chats at Trading Post cafe (and possibly some food, if it isn’t too busy).

Ride leaders will be riding at 12 hour pace (22km/h+), so all riders need to know the route or have access to a map – this ride is not ‘no-drop’. Riders need to bring two full bidons of water and own food. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats.

Strava event
Sunday 13 January - Melbourne – Back of Kinglake (return) - 136km
Time

7:30am roll out (arrive by 7:20am for briefing)

Ride leaders 

Erin Ferguson and Katie Quiggin (Peaks Challenge ambassadors)

Meeting location

Out the front of Guide Dogs Victoria, Kew (Yarra Boulevard X Chandler Highway intersection)

Route

We will regroup at the top of Mt Pleasant, St Andrews, Kinglake x1, Kinglake x2, and then ride back to Melbourne.

Pace

11–12 hour pace (Approx 24 km/h)

Notes

Riders are welcome to head back at their own pace, stop at A Boy Named Sue in St Andrews for pizza/coffee or peel off at Hurstbridge Train Station.

Strava event
Sunday 13 January - Palmwoods - 101km (QLD)
Time

6:15am roll out (arrive by 6:10am for briefing)

Ride leaders 

Iain Matheson

Meeting location

Out the front of Ricks Garage (Diner)

Route

101km cycling and 2102m of climbing.

 
Pace

9 hour (approx 27km/h) pace

Notes

Roll out of Palmwoods at 6.15am (Park in the main street near the Diner). Ease into the morning through Eudlo and Mooloolah.

Roll through to Landsborough and into the first long climb. Head across to Malaney along the ridge line and down Palmwoods Montvile climb. If you have to go you can head to to the car from here, or turn left and up Hunchy, or back up and down the same climb and finish with a BURGER. Hunchy is similar to WTF at Falls Creek.

Strava event
Friday 18 January - Bright, Mt Buffalo, The Horn (return) - 100km
Time

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

Ride leaders 

Jesse Featonby (Peaks Challenge ambassador)

Meeting location

Bright Ginger Baker Cafe

Route

Bright, Mt Buffalo, The Horn (return) – 100km

Pace

28–30km/h

Notes

Rider level: Advanced

Route map TBC

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 event
Sunday 27 January - Wildwood double - 96km (VIC)
Time

7:00am rollout (please arrive 10 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leaders 

Richard Cross

Meeting location

AvantiPlus Cycles – 378 Keilor Road Niddrie

Route

Wildwood double loop (96km riding and 1010m 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 6:50am so you’re ready to roll out at 7:00am.

Strava event
Saturday 2 February - Tim's Adelaide special #4 - 100km (SA)
Time

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

Ride leaders 

Timothy Klein (Peaks Challenge ambassador)

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 event
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 event
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

Blog

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Training Programs

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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

There’s nothing simple about finishing a Peaks Challenge event, or negotiating the lifestyle changes in the lead-up. Here's what you can expect.

Special thanks to Winners

Event nutrition

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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 2019.

Use coupon code: Peaks2019

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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ZWIFT X Bicycle Network

Peaks eChallenge

Who said you can’t ride when the weather turns sour?

Complement your on road training with Zwift – the virtual trainer. The Peaks eChallenge is a free program to support your IRL (in real life) training, allowing you to ride real-time with thousands of cyclists around the globe in a virtual world.

Check out the schedule of upcoming sessions, choose your ride, get on Zwift and start training!

Sunday 13 January 2019 - 2:00pm AEDT - Peaks eChallenge Social
  • Ride leaders: Ben Gove & Keith Leonard
  • Time: 3:00pm AEDT
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Course: Three Sisters
  • Description: Social ride 2.0w/kg Average focused on climbing
Zwift event
Tuesday 15 January 2019 - 6:00am AEDT - Peaks eChallenge Group Workout SST Week 2
  • Ride leaders: Ben Gove & Keith Leonard
  • Time: 6:00am AEDT
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • Course: 
  • Description: Sweet Spot Group workout.
Sunday 20 January 2019 - 2:00pm AEDT - Peaks eChallenge Social
  • Ride leaders: Ben Gove & Keith Leonard
  • Time: 2:00pm AEDT
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Course: Road to sky
  • Description: Social ride 2.0w/kg Average focused on climbing
Tuesday 22 January 2019 - 6:00am AEDT - Peaks eChallenge Group Workout SST Week 3
  • Ride leaders: Ben Gove & Keith Leonard
  • Time: 6:00am AEDT
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • Course: 
  • Description: Sweet Spot Group workout.
Sunday 27 January 2019 - 2:00pm AEDT - Peaks eChallenge Social
  • Ride leaders: Ben Gove & Keith Leonard
  • Time: 2:00pm AEDT
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Course: 
  • Description: Social ride 2.0w/kg Average focused on climbing
Tuesday 29 January 2019 - 6:00am AEDT - Peaks eChallenge Group Workout SST Week 4
  • Ride leaders: Ben Gove & Keith Leonard
  • Time: 6:00am AEDT
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • Course: 
  • Description: Sweet Spot Group workout.

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