Get Ride Ready for Peaks Challenge on FulGaz

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.

THE CLIMBS

  • Mt Beauty to Tawonga Gap
  • Mount Hotham
  • Anglers Rest to Falls
  • Back of Falls Creek

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.

ANGLERS REST TO FALLS CREEK (BACK OF FALLS)

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.

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46.76km
DISTANCE
02:31:09
DURATION
1344m
ELEVATION

MOUNT HOTHAM 2019

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.

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31.26km
DISTANCE
01:36:13
DURATION
1435m
ELEVATION

TOUR OF BRIGHT STAGE TWO ROSEWHITE LOOP

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.

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88.45km
DISTANCE
03:12:23
DURATION
1243m
ELEVATION

MT BEAUTY TO ANGLERS REST

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.

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76.72km
DISTANCE
03:19:11
DURATION
1809m
ELEVATION

BUFFALO CHALET RETURN TO BRIGHT

Having ridden to the top of Buffalo this is a nice spin down to the bottom with a scenic return to the center of Bright for a coffee.

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32.23km
DISTANCE
00:57:24
DURATION
144m
ELEVATION

FALLS CREEK TO MT BEAUTY

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)

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30.13km
DISTANCE
00:50:39
DURATION
134m
ELEVATION

BUFALLO TICKET BOX TO CHALET

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.

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20.59km
DISTANCE
01:14:55
DURATION
1027m
ELEVATION

TAWONGA RETURN TO BRIGHT

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)

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18.27km
DISTANCE
00:27:25
DURATION
10m
ELEVATION

BRIGHT TO TOB TT END

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.

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27.12km
DISTANCE
00:58:10
DURATION
204m
ELEVATION

ABOUT PEAKS CHALLENGE FALLS CREEK

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.

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