Peaks Challenge Falls Creek

Training & Preparation

Formulated by HPTEK

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.

Get 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...

Sunday 26 January | Dandenongs Crucifix (VIC) - 71km
Start time

6:30am rollout (please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leader

Justin Benson (Peaks Challenge wave leader)

Meet up spot

Ferntree Gully Market – Burwood Hwy

Route

71km / 2,000m 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.

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Saturday 1 February | St Andrews - Kinglake Repeats (VIC) Blue Socks Ride
Start time

7:30am rollout (please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leaders

James Garriock (Peaks Challenge wave leader)

Meet up spot

Corner School Rd & Caledonia Rd, St Andrews

Route

St Andrews – King Lake Repeats | See notes section

Pace

At your own pace

Notes

This is a new type of Peaks training ride where we can cater for lots of riders.

We have called it a blue sock ride, and the aim of the game is for everyone following Dr Stephen Lane’s training program to do as many repeats of the Kinglake hill as they can. I’ll be doing four. Everyone will go at their own pace and encourage all the other riders on the hill. Stephen will be there at the start to address the riders and talk about what they should be aiming for.

Why are we calling it a blue sock ride? Well that’s because everyone will be wearing their BN blue socks – go and get a pair from BN if you don’t have some in the drawer already. When we see people in their blue socks on the hill we will be able to encourage them. We can accept lots of people because we wont be riding in a massive group.

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Saturday 1 February | Too Much Wisdom (NSW) - 180km
Start time

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

Ride leader

Sheyleigh & Jason & Kevin (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.

Register here

Sunday 9 February | Neerim South - Mt Baw Baw (VIC) - 132km
Start time

7:00am rollout (please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leader

Justin Benson and Prita Jobling-Baker (Peaks Challenge wave leaders)

Meet up spot

Neerim South Recreation Reserve car park

Route

132km / 3,313m elevation – View route

Pace

25km/h (10 – 11 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 15 February | Total Rush women's ride (VIC) - 170km
Start time

6.15am roll-out (please arrive 15mins early for briefing)

Ride leaders

Total Rush women’s cycling team

Meet up spot

Rush Cafe – 3 Stewart St Richmond VIC 3121

Route

150km / 2600m elevation – View route

Pace

9.5–10hr pace (25km/h +)

Notes

This is a women’s only training ride with an 9.5–10hr pace, we will ride a solid tempo up all the climbs. There will be limited stops to mimic how we will ride Peaks on the day. It is not a ride for beginners but will be a great challenge for anyone wanting to test where their fitness is at.

Please note, there is a 2km section of pristine gravel along Aura Vale Road (Menzies Creek). Feel free to check it out on Google Street view if you want to be familiar with the road before the day.

Please bring spares and enough water and snacks to get you through. There will be a stop at the patch, which is a little more than half way through the ride for an icy pole.

Parking is limited so please ride or catch public transport to the start. We will end the ride at Rush cafe for those who would like to join us for a coffee and post-ride chat.

Check out the Total Rush facebook event for the latest updates.

Saturday 15 February | South Australia - 93km
Start time

8:00am roll out (please arrive 15 minutes early for pre-ride briefing)

Ride leaders

Tim Klein & Rob Burgess (Peaks Challenge ambassadors)

Meet up spot

Cibo Espresseo – Hutt St

Route

(93km / 2,251m elevation) – View route

Pace

Approx 22 km/h – 25 km/h (10 – 11 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.

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.

Sunday 16 February | Three Peaks (VIC) - 175km
Start time

6:30am rollout (please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leader

Justin Benson, Prita Jobling-Baker, Alison McCormack, Bill Kontoulis, Chris Clark, Shel Hyde and Fats Tajbhai (Peaks Challenge wave leaders)

Meet up spot

Warburton Reserve Car park

Route

175km / 4,100m elevation – View route

Pace

20-28km/h (10, 11, 12 and 13 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.

Saturday 22 February | St Andrews - Kinglake Repeats (VIC) Blue Socks Ride
Start time

7:30am rollout (please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leaders

James Garriock (Peaks Challenge wave leader)

Meet up spot

Corner School Rd & Caledonia Rd, St Andrews

Route

St Andrews – King Lake Repeats | See notes section

Pace

At your own pace

Notes

This is a new type of Peaks training ride where we can cater for lots of riders.

We have called it a blue sock ride, and the aim of the game is for everyone following Dr Stephen Lane’s training program to do as many repeats of the Kinglake hill as they can. I’ll be doing four. Everyone will go at their own pace and encourage all the other riders on the hill. Stephen will be there at the start to address the riders and talk about what they should be aiming for.

Why are we calling it a blue sock ride? Well that’s because everyone will be wearing their BN blue socks – go and get a pair from BN if you don’t have some in the drawer already. When we see people in their blue socks on the hill we will be able to encourage them. We can accept lots of people because we wont be riding in a massive group.

*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
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!

Learn more
Total Rush women's cycling team

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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.

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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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