Peaks Challenge Falls Creek

Training & Preparation

Formulated by HPTEK

Training Programs

Our tailored 16-week training programs are created by Dr. Stephen Lane from HPTek and kick-off on Monday 22 November 2021. Mark the date in your calendar and start getting some climbs in the legs!

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.

tRAINING PROGRAMS
Mt Hotham climb - Peaks Challenge

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.

Don’t forget to 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

Sun 23 Jan | Dandenongs Crucifix | 71km (VIC)
Start time

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

Ride leader

Geoff White

Meet up spot

Upper Ferntree Gully train station car park (near turn off to 1,000 Steps and Devil’s Elbow)

Route

71km / 2,033m elevation – View route

Pace
  • 11 hour (approx. 25 km/h)
Notes

Riders can tackle climbs at their own pace, with regroup points after significant climbs. 

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, two bidons of water, nutrition and sunscreen. 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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Sun 30 Jan | Wildwood double | 96km (VIC)
Start time

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

Ride leader

Richard Cross

Meet up spot

Ray’s Bicycle Centre – 378 Keilor Rd, Niddrie

Route

95.75km / 1,010m elevation – View route

Pace
  • 11–12 hour (approx. 25 km/h) – no drop
Notes

This will be an out and back course, with a double loop (clockwise first then anticlockwise). There will also be an opportunity to do a single loop (64km) for those with time constraints. Post-ride coffee at Strudel’s Cafe.

Riders can tackle climbs at their own pace, with regroup points after significant climbs. 

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, two bidons of water, nutrition and sunscreen. 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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Sun 30 Jan | Otways Gravel | 96km (VIC)
Start time

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

Ride leader

Kate Kellett

Meet up spot

Aireys Pub, 45 Great Ocean Rd, Aireys Inlet

Route

96km / 2,000m elevation – View route

Pace
  • 10 hour (approx. 23 km/h)
Notes

This ride is suitable for gravel bikes only. There will be break for food and drinks at The Store, Deans Marsh (60km into the ride).

Riders can tackle climbs at their own pace, with regroup points after significant climbs. 

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, two bidons of water, nutrition and sunscreen. 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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Fri 4 Feb | Peaks Training camp training ride #1 | Mt Buffalo return | 70km (VIC)
Start time

12:00pm rollout (please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leader

TBC

Meet up spot

Will be announced at training camp

Route

Distance: 70km | Duration: 3.5 – 4 hours – Strava route

Pace

TBC at training camp

Notes

To learn more about our Peaks Challenge Falls Creek training camp (4 February – 6 February) click here!

Sat 5 Feb | Peaks Training camp training ride #2 | Falls Creek ride | 120km (VIC)
Start time

6:00am rollout (please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leader

TBC

Meet up spot

Will be announced at training camp

Route

Distance: 120km | Duration: 6 – 6.5 hours – Strava route

Pace

TBC at training camp

Notes

To learn more about our Peaks Challenge Falls Creek training camp (4 February – 6 February) click here!

Sun 6 Feb | Peaks Training camp training ride #3 | Mt Hotham return | 108km (VIC)
Start time

6:00am rollout (please arrive 15 minutes early for briefing)

Ride leader

TBC

Meet up spot

Will be announced at training camp

Route

Distance: 108km | Duration: 5 – 5.5 hours – Strava route

Pace

TBC at training camp

Notes

To learn more about our Peaks Challenge Falls Creek training camp (4 February – 6 February) click here!

Sun 6 Feb | Bumble Hill Loop | 192km (NSW)
Start time

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

Ride leader

Ben Gove

Meet up spot

Hornsby Station (North Side)

Route

191.8km / 3,047m elevation – View route

Pace
  • 11–13 hour (approx. 25 km/h) – no drop
Notes

Riders can tackle climbs at their own pace, with regroup points after significant climbs. 

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, two bidons of water, nutrition and sunscreen. 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. two weeks before the ride.

Sun 6 Feb | Neerim South – Mt Baw Baw (return) | 132km (VIC)
Start time

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

Ride leader

Justin Benson

Meet up spot

Neerim South Recreation Reserve car park

Route

132km / 3,313m elevation – View route

Pace
  • 11 hour (approx. 25 km/h)
Notes

Departure from the car park at the Neerim South Recreation Reserve on Neerim E Road, near the junction with Main Neerim Road/C425.

Riders can tackle climbs at their own pace, with regroup points after significant climbs. 

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, two bidons of water, nutrition and sunscreen. 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. two weeks before the ride.

Sat 12 Feb | Women's Community ride | Mt Macedon double trouble | 86km (VIC)
Start time

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

Ride leader

Shel Hyde and Fats Tajbhai

Meet up spot

Centennial Park – 426 Mount Macedon Rd

Route

86km / 1963m elevation (per lap) – View route

Pace
  • 11–12 hour (approx. 25 km/h)
Notes

The route includes two climbs of the south side of Mt Macedon (aka the steep side! It’s a challenge…). We’ll head up to the Memorial Cross and also climb the “friendlier” North side once. Post-ride coffee and chats at Trading Post cafe.

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, two bidons of water, nutrition and sunscreen. 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. two weeks before the ride.

Sun 20 Feb | 3 Peaks for 3 Peaks | 175km (VIC)
Start time

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

Ride leader

Justin Benson

Meet up spot

Warburton Recreation Reserve car park

Route

175km / 4,066m elevation – View route

Pace
  • 11 hour (approx. 25 km/h)
Notes

Riders can tackle climbs at their own pace, with regroup points after significant climbs. 

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, two bidons of water, nutrition and sunscreen. 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. two weeks before the ride.

Sun 27 Feb | Kinglake blue socks ride | Hill repeats (VIC)
Start time

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

Ride leader

James Garriock

Meet up spot

Corner School Rd and Caledonia Rd, St Andrews

Route

7km / 350m elevation (per climb) – View route

Pace
  • 9 hour (approx. 25 km/h)
Notes

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 (ride leaders will be aiming for four). Ride at their own pace and encourage all the others on the hill.

Why are we calling it a blue sock ride? Well that’s because everyone will be wearing their Bicycle Network cyan socks  grab a pair from Bicycle Network 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.

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, two bidons of water, nutrition and sunscreen. 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. two weeks before the ride.

*Before registering for a training ride, please ensure you read and adhere to our training ride terms and conditions

Are you covered when you ride?

Our training rides are open to anyone in the bike riding community. We encourage any new riders to join as a Bicycle Network member to ensure they are covered with bike riding insurance while also helping us improve bike riding conditions for everyone.

Rapha training rides

We’re stoked to have Rapha leading a series of training rides from a number of major cities around Australia, to help all aspiring Peaks Challenge riders train alongside and meet other local cyclists.

Sat 18 Dec | RCC Sydney training ride #1 | 116km
Time

6:00am

Ride leader

Leo Yip

Meet up spot

Taylor Square, Surrey Hills

Route

116km / 1,800m elevation – View route

Pace

This ride is a no drop ride, however please make sure to have the route downloaded to your device and know where you are going. Depending on numbers and ability we may split the group accordingly (est pace: 9-10 hours)

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Notes

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, two bidons of water, nutrition and sunscreen. 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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Fri 24 Dec | RCC Canberra training ride #1 | 100km
Time

8:00am (7:30am if you want a coffee)

Ride leader

Benjamin Battisson

Meet up spot

Farmers’ Daughter, Yarralumla Shops

Route

100km / 1,000m elevation – View route

Pace

This ride is a no drop ride, however please make sure to have the route downloaded to your device and know where you are going. Depending on numbers and ability we may split the group accordingly (est pace: 10-12 hours)

Ride With GPS

Notes

Riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other riders and vehicles. Please bring your own spares/tools for fixing flats, two bidons of water, nutrition and sunscreen. 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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4 Feb – 6 Feb 2022

Training camp

Join the ultimate training weekend from Friday 4 February – Sunday 6 February 2022 with hands on learning from our experienced wave leaders.

You’ll gain valuable tips and tricks, feel confident in your ability and lay the foundations to achieve your goals at Peaks Challenge 2022.

Spots are capped at 60 guests!

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Peaks Challenge 2021 - Training camp

“We did a training ride that was organised by Bicycle Network which was really fun. There were others on that ride that had done Peaks before and it was good talking to them and getting someone else’s perspective on what to expect and not to expect; being prepared for everything, taking clothes for all weather, and how much my food might change on the actual day.” – Candice Mckie; Peaks finisher

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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. In the lead up to Peaks Challenge 2022 we will 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.

Download resources including posters and social tiles for our Women’s Community here.

Pre-event info session (online)

Thinking of taking on Peaks Challenge Falls Creek?

Watch our latest video from Women’s Community info night where Team Bicycle Network’s female wave leaders talk about the ride and answer questions on how to prepare and what to expect as well as navigating around the barriers of COVID-19.

Subscribe below to stay stay up to date with what we have happening with our Women’s Community and Peaks Challenge! 

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Pair up for Peaks

We all know that Peaks Challenge Falls Creek can be a daunting yet rewarding experience.

We’re trying to make it easier to pair up and share the experience with someone else looking to take on the challenge who is in a similar boat; be it training, car pooling, splitting accommodation, or sharing tips and tricks!

Simply join the “Bicycle Network Women’s Community” Facebook group and create a post using the hashtag #pairupforpeaks. You can also search the hashtag #pairupforpeaks in the group to find previous posts and connect with other women taking part in the event.

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Blog

Are you ready to tackle Peaks Challenge?

Not sure if you're ready to tackle Peaks Challenge? We chatted to 12 hour wave leader Crossy about his motivation and what keeps him coming back for more.

Riding out of COVID

With the uncertainty of COVID-19 meaning less time on the bike and wavering motivation, here are Stephen Lane's tips to get your training back on track.

Descending with confidence

A group of riders from our Women's Community recently caught up for a good old fashion descending skills session. Check out the key takeaways for going downhill at Peaks.

Nutrition tips

A Peaks Challenge ride is gruelling – you need to keep yourself fuelled to tackle the climbs and power through the kilometres.

Intro to training zones

Whether you are a first timer or a returning rider that wants achieve your goal time, following a structured training plan is a great way to ensure you are ticking all the boxes to achieve optimal fitness.

Building your base fitness

Our 16-week training plans kick off in November, but there’s plenty you can do from early spring to start building a solid base fitness on the bike.

Special thanks to Winners

Event nutrition

Peaks Challenge Nutrition Pack – Save 42%

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 2021.

Use coupon code: Peaks2022

Special thanks to Prepd

Event hydration

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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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