Peaks Challenge Falls Creek is one of Australia’s toughest routes and the ultimate personal challenge. Featuring three infamous climbs through the Victorian Alps, the 235km loop consists of +4000 meters of climbing that will test your legs and your perseverance.
Prepare for the gruelling climbs at home on FulGaz and ride the below routes to get a head start on your training.
Below is a few other routes from the region to help you get a feel for the roads from the region.
You can find all these rides in the FulGaz App.
This ride begins in a sleepy hollow known as Anglers Rest and forms the last part of the 3 Peaks ride (Peaks Challenge Falls Creek). It starts with a short undulating 11km, before you turn at "WTF Corner" and up to the ski village of Falls Creek. At this point it heads uphill quickly with the first few minutes at 14%, before dropping back to an average of 10% for the first 8km. Once you pass the 12.9km mark (Trapyard Gap) the ride becomes considerably easier, but still has pinches at 10%, but there are small down hill sections and false flats.More Info
This monster climb is the finale of the Tour of Bright. It rises to almost 1900 metres/6,250 feet at the top so it is a serious test for any climber. This climb isn’t quite as hard indoors because you’re not running low on oxygen near the top, but it’s a great example of a true alpine climb and up there with some of the toughest climbs in the Alps or the Pyrenees.More Info
This ride begins in the center of Bright and takes the rider around the Tour of Bright Stage 2 covering 2 climbs Rosewhite and Tawonga Gap. It includes a bunch ride (10 riders) at a comfortable pace rolling turns with efforts up the two climbs.More Info
Starting in Mt Beauty this ride takes you up the front of Falls Creek one of the longest in Victoria and also picturesque. There are a number of downhill section and opportunity to rest, however it is a long climb and this rides continues past Falls Creek to the very top and descends the back of Falls over to Anglers Rest.More Info
The ride begins Fall Creek village at the point where 3 Peaks ride begins and is a descent to the bottom ending in the town of Mt Beauty. The is part of the 3 Peaks ride (Peaks Challenge Falls Creek - Falls Creek to Mt Beauty, Tawonga Gap, Harrietville, Mt Hotham, Dinner Plain, Omeo, Anglers Rest, Back of Falls ending in Falls Creek 235km with 4000M of climbing)More Info
This ride takes you up Mt Buffalo to the Chalet and is the course used for Stage 3 of the Tour of Bright. It includes segments and the ride starts with a small bunch of riders.More Info
This is predominately down hill ride, that takes you from the top of Tawonga Gap and back to the town of Bright. This descent back to the Great Alpine road also is part of the 3 Peaks ride (Peaks Challenge Falls Creek - Falls Creek to Mt Beauty, Tawonga Gap, Harrietville, Mt Hotham, Dinner Plain, Omeo, Anglers Rest, Back of Falls ending in Falls Creek 235km with 4000M of climbing)More Info
Departing from Bright its a short warm up out to the starting point of the Tour of Bright Stage 1 individual time trial (ITT). There is a segment included for the ITT and the ride ends at the end of the ITT course.More Info
Entries to Peaks Challenge Falls Creek are now on sale.
On Sunday 12 March 2023, 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 notorious among past Peaks riders. It’s a steep and relentless climb with little reprieve.
This is one of the toughest gran fondos in the world, so get training and enter today.MORE INFO
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