Peaks Challenge – Falls Creek
Exploring Victoria’s Highlands
06-12 March 2019 (7 days / 6 nights)
‘’Peaks Challenge Falls Creek is one of the greatest riding experiences of your life. You’ll tackle the ascents of Tawonga Gap, Mount Hotham and finally, the beast that is the back of Falls Creek. It will hit you like a tonne of bricks. Last year, 2,000 riders faced the peaks but only those who crossed the finish line within the 13-hour deadline earn the right to proudly call themselves Peaks Challenge finishers. One of the greatest riding experiences of your life is within reach – you ride, we’ll do the rest.’’
2019 Peaks Challenge Itinerary
Wednesday 06 March
Welcome to Melbourne. We suggest you are at our airport hotel by mid-afternoon which will allow plenty of time to put the bikes together before sitting down to our welcome dinner. Dean will have all his tools just in case there’s a problem. We’ll introduce everyone and run through the plan for the next few days. All of your guides are experienced Peakers and will answer any questions you have. Yes, it’s a challenge however we want to make it as much fun as possible for you. We’re also determined that you have a great 6 day holiday… Logistically, events like this can be a nightmare. However, you can simply relax from day one. We’ve got this covered.
Thursday 07 March
After breakfast we’ll pack up and head off. Your bike bags will stay at the hotel.
Our primary objective for today is to get you on your bikes and also to arrive at Falls Creek at a reasonable time of day. It’s just over a 5 hour drive in total. We’ll of course stop for athlete refreshments along the way – that being coffee and pies. For some reason Dingo is an expert on where the best pies are.
On the way to Falls Creek we’ll kit up and head out for a short (ish) ride in the Mount Buffalo National Park. This is Dean’s playground. It’s simply an area that you need to see and remember, this is a holiday. It’s not all about the race.
It’s only a short drive to our accommodation. Chef Dingo will slap up a nutritious fine dining experience. We’ll also have the odd bottle of wine to polish off. Cheers to you. Welcome to the Victorian Highlands.
/ Meals included – Dinner
Friday 08 March
Today we will ride to prepare for the big event on Sunday. Falls Ck resort sits on top of the mountain, all roads lead down, so down we go! Today we will ride down the ‘front side’ of Falls to Mt Beauty, all 35km of it! A quick coffee stop before climbing the Tawonga Gap, before making our way down to Bright. This is all race route for Sunday, preparation is everything when you’re doing this for real with 2000 others….
We will stop for the lunch and the afternoon at the Bright Brewery, ‘’refresh and relax with a full flavoured craft beer, either outside on the Hop Terrace looking over the riverside parkland or at the bar where you can explore our beers and seasonal brews across 24 taps. Indulge in delicious beer-matched meals while watching the brewing action unfold right next to the bar.’’ Sounds good!
Our vehicles will collect us and drive back up the days route, save your legs, there’s more to come!
Did we mention massage? Yes, all arranged. Pre-booked in fact. One has to be quick in this world.
This evening - sit back and relax. Dean’s cooking – what could go wrong…
/ Meals included – Breakfast and Dinner
/ Route – 65 km / 500vm
Saturday 09 March
Easy does it…
Let’s ride the back side of Falls this morning, across the top of the mountain valley and then down the steep descent. All the way to ‘WTF’ corner, you will understand this name tomorrow! We will then head to Anglers Rest, following reverse race route, enjoying the picturesque valleys of the Victorian highlands. We will stop at Anglers Rest for lunch. More carbo loading, don’t hold back as you’ll need them tomorrow!
Back on the bikes we make our way back to WTF, luckily our vehicles again will pick us up for the drive up the famous, ‘back side of Falls!’ you will conquer this on the bike tomorrow.
We will check out the village square today and attend the riders briefing. The atmosphere is electric. 2000 slightly crazy, nervous excited, fit cyclists and many normal, sane, smart supporters.
Massage is again an option. We’ll book this in advance.
What’s for dinner chef? EPO induced Pasta and red red wine. That’s a winning formula.
/ Meals included - Breakfast and Dinner
/ Route 70km, 200vm
Sunday 10 March – Peaks Challenge Falls Ck.
Game day, it’s an early start…
The mountains of Victoria’s Alpine region are beckoning.
A 5am wake up call, today you’ll tackle the ascents of Tawonga Gap, Mount Hotham and finally, the beast that is the Back of Falls. The Back of Falls will hit you like a tonne of bricks. With 200km in your legs, you’ll quickly learn why the first pinch is called WTF corner. It’s a steep and relentless climb with little reprieve.
This ride is fully supported, you will join 2000 others starting in waves, and ride one of the hardest fondo’s in the world!
Ride Holidays will be there; at the start and finishing lines, and maybe a few of us even on the race route.
When you finish, join the rest of the finishers on the lawns of the village square! Drink up - you’re worth it!
/ Meals included - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
/ Route – 245km / 4500vm (if you close your eyes and say this really quickly then it doesn’t sound so bad)
Monday 11 March
Celebration lunch at Brown Brothers winery – we deserve it
There will be a few sore bodies today. Our team will help you pack up the bikes this morning. You may not want to see them again for a few weeks. We’ll grab a coffee or three as we leave town. Quick café stop in Mt Beauty, okay one more can’t hurt….
We think today should be all about celebrating. And there isn’t a better place to do this than the Yarra Valley. A short three hour drive from Falls Creek. We’ve booked a fine dining experience for lunch at the famous Brown Brothers winery.
It’s then only a short drive back to Melbourne. We’ve booked a hotel at the airport as many of you depart on tomorrow’s early flight. Dean and Dingo will head home so we suggest you all catch up in the bar. Beer and Chips please. Cheers everyone.
/ Meals included – Breakfast and Lunch
Tuesday 12 March
Some of you will hop on the early flight home. Work awaits. Others will choose to explore Melbourne or even hire a car and drive down the Great Ocean Road. If you head down that way then you may as well break out the bikes.
It’s been a fantastic few days. What a challenge. What an achievement. Look forward to having you join us in the future.
/ Meals included - Breakfast
Our Falls Creek Accommodation
Alpine Woodsmoke Luxury Apartments
We’ve booked two luxury apartments including the penthouse. Each can accommodate up 8 people in a mixture of private and shared rooms. Their location couldn’t be better as they’re only metres from the start / finish. Cafes, retail outlets and a supermarket are all located close by. The apartments feature a fully equipped open plan kitchen and offers amazing views over the resort area. Oh and there’s always the sauna to hop in to after a tough day in the saddle.
- 6 nights’ accommodation (4 star)
- Local guides Chris Wood (Dingo) and Dean Mills
- Mechanical assistance and support vehicles
- All transport ex Melbourne Airport.
- Meals – all continental breakfasts, 5 dinners, 2 lunches
- Training program as part of your Three Peaks entry
- Souvenir booklet included with ride maps
- RIDE Holidays custom Peaks Challenge full kit (Bibs and shirt)
- GPS & physical maps
- Entry in to the Peaks Challenge – valued at $350.00
- Peaks Challenge FINISHER jersey (option is the limited edition sub10hour version, if you can go that quick)
Cycle Tour Cost (per person twin share)
Single supplement $600.00 NZD pp.
THE PRICE EXCLUDES:
(Although Karl can take care of these for you)
- Airfares and extra accommodation
- Travel Insurance - compulsory!
- Cycling drinks & bars, meals, alcohol.
Non-riders are very welcome. Dean and Dingo won’t be racing so would be more than happy to show you around. The cost is slightly cheaper ($350.00) as we won’t charge for the entry fee etc etc.
To secure your place – Please fill in the booking form
You will automatically be sent an invoice for a non-refundable $750.00. Final balance 90 days prior to departure.