The legend

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10 Years Peaks Challenge


Peaks Challenge

The ride that became legend

March 7 2010

In 2010 we challenged riders from across the world to conquer three key peaks of Victoria’s rugged High Country.

The first Peaks Challenge ride was brutal. Riders dealt with dropping temperatures, rain and wind, meaning that few were able to adequately prepare themselves for what lay ahead. As a result, more than a third didn’t finish.

Those left were scattered throughout the course, crossing each summit one at a time. There is no doubt that each finisher earned their Peaks Challenge jersey, and out of adversity, a legend was born.

March 11 2012

A half distance ride was removed, strict cut off times were set and the lantern rouge and wave leaders introduced. On event support was enhanced with closed roads, pre-ride training packages made available and all climbs were timed.

The ride had tight police supervision, high grade operations and was confirmed as the toughest single-day event in Australia. Blue skies helped riders – the first finisher broke the sub-8-hour barrier and 100 went sub-10. 

It’s pretty hard to describe the feeling of coming around that last corner, hearing the announcer on the loudspeaker, seeing the ‘Finish’ banner strung across the road and the supporters lining the side of the road – Climbing Cyclist

March 13 2013

Summer bush fires devastated the region and destroyed the Great Alpine Road between Harrieteville and Hotham Heights, forcing changes to an event that was hitting its straps.

Bicycle Network created the infamous Ovens Valley route to meet Peaks standards – 235 kilometres and 4,000+ metres of climbing. Team Bicycle Network’s own Alison McCormack became the hero of the day by sweeping up around 200 riders in her “mega peloton” and supporting them all the way to the finish line. 

The most demanding gran fondo Down Under – Bike Radar

March 9 2014
Cyclist's climbing Mt Hotham in 2014

Selling out in just two weeks, this year was not to be missed for elite riders and past participants alike, who all wanted to have a crack at the original course. Clear skies helped Stephen Cunningham set a new course record – 7 hours 45 minutes.

I thought sharing the moment helped represent what this ride is all about—riding to your best ability, achieving your personal objectives and enjoying the moment with others – Steve Cunningham

March 13 2016

The introduction of more wave leaders and a greater insight into how to ride sub-10 helped more than 50 riders cross the finish line in less than eight hours.

2016 was also a cause for huge celebration with the 10,000th Peaks Challenge finisher coming across the line.

All those questions that were asked in those dark moments had been answered by a quote from Lance Armstrong, which was written on a sign on the side of the road about 15kms from home. “Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever” – Steer North

Rocky Valley - Falls Creek

Are you ready to write your own Peaks Challenge story in 2019?

Peaks Challenge standard release entries close in less than three weeks!


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