Sun12Mar20178:00 amFalls Creek, Australia
PEAKS Challenge Falls Creek
In 2010, Peaks Challenge Falls Creek was founded on adversity, with the first edition a fierce, cold and brutal ride through Victoria’s High Country. And from that event, grew a mystique that spawned a series.
Since then, thousands of brave cyclists have returned, pushing themselves beyond the edge of their abilities in one of the world’s toughest rides.
While many have risen to the challenge, many have failed, succumbing to the unforgiving terrain and gruelling mental battle that is unique to Peaks Challenge events.
There’s no disputing the stunning and alien-like beauty of the region and its summits. But the shifting weather conditions, vastness and isolation of Victoria’s High Country will challenge even the most hardened mountain goats.
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.
For many, Peaks Challenge Falls Creek will be the toughest day they spend on a bike. Seasoned riders know that no matter how many times you conquer the climbs; it never gets easier — you just go faster.
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.
The mountains of Victoria’s Alpine area are beckoning. One of the greatest riding experiences of your life, is within reach.
This year, 88% of riders finished. Have you got what it takes?