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 24 September
  • Time: 6:30am sharp start (6:25am briefing)
  • Rider leaders: Kate Penglase and Justin Benson
  • Meeting location: 573 Main Road Eltham (Fleur de Feliss)
  • Route: Kinglake return
  • Distance: 120km

We’ll head out through Eltham, then out to Diamond Creek, before turning off to head out the back of Hurstbridge and St Andrews before turning up to Kinglake.

On the way back, the climbing doesn’t stop, with smaller climbs at St Andrews, Panton Hill and Kangaroo Ground, then finally heading back to Eltham.

The wave leaders riding will be the 11 hour waver leaders for Peaks Cradle Mountain, and will be setting a 10 to 11 hour pace i.e. Your wave leaders will ride AT PACE, as they will in the Peaks Challenge itself.

You’re ultimately responsible for your own food, spares, repairs and safety on this ride.

Sunday 15 October
  • Time: 6:30am sharp start (6:25am briefing)
  • Rider leaders: Justin Benson & Richard Cross
  • Meeting location: Upper Ferntree Gully train station car park (eastern side)
  • Route: Dandenongs – Crucifix plus Wall plus Crescent
  • 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.

Route details

  1. up the Devils Elbow to One Tree Hill
  2. down up the 1:20 and continue on to Sky High Mount Dandenong
  3. down and up Inverness and continue up to Olinda
  4. down and up Monbulk-Olinda Road (The Wall)
  5. repeat ‘d’
  6. down Perrins Creek Road and up The Crescent
  7. down Devils Elbow to complete

There will be wave leaders riding 9, 10, 11 and 12 hour pace as they will in the Peaks Challenge itself.

Saturday 21 October (Womens only ride)
  • Time: 8am
  • Ride leaders: Kate Penglase
  • Meeting location: Upper Ferntree Gully Train Station (corner of car park near Hilltop Road)
  • Route: Upper Ferntree Gully Train Station – Devils Elbow, include. One Tree Hill – Kallista – Emerald – Monbulk – The Wall – Olinda – Upper Ferntree Gully Train Station
  • Level: High intermediate / advanced
  • Distance: 50km (3 hrs)
  • Pace20-25km/hr
Strava route
Sunday 22 October
  • Time: 7:00am sharp start (6:55am briefing)
  • Ride leaders: Prita Jobling-Baker, Justin Benson, Kate Penglase, Lee Turner, Iain Matheson, Alison McCormack and Josh Mclellan 
  • Meeting location: The Basin shops, near the pedestrian lights (there is parking behind the playground across from the shops)
  • Route: Dandenongs four ways
  • Notes: There are always cars in the Dandenongs, as well as debris on the road, water, leaves and wildlife. You’re ultimately responsible for your own food, spares, repairs and safety on this ride.

Strava route

Route details

  1. Up the 1 in 20 then turn right to go down devils elbow (U-turn at the bottom)

  2. Up one tree hill, then over the top of Sky High and down to Montrose (U-turn at the bottom)

  3. Up Montrose then down towards Monbulk (right turn into Monbulk Road)

  4. Up the Crescent to Olinda and then down the 1:20 back to the Basin.

There will be wave leaders riding at 9, 10 and 11 hour pace. Your wave leaders will ride AT PACE, as they will in the Peaks Challenge itself.

Tasmania

Saturday 23 September (Hobart)

Time: 6.45am for 7am roll out

Location: Hobart Cenotaph 

Distance: 120km

Strava route
Saturday 21 October (Hobart)

Time: 6.45am for 7am roll out

Location: Hobart Cenotaph 

Distance: 170km

Strava route

Queensland

Sunday 17 September
  • Time: 6:00am roll out
  • Rider leaders: Owen MacPhillamy
  • Meeting location: Margaret st (look for Ricks Garage)
  • Distance: 108.5km 
Strava route

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