Fitz’s Challenge

Fitz’s Challenge was first held in 1989 with just 37 riders. Now, three decades later, more than 1200 people come together every year on a Sunday in October to tackle the hills of this legendary event in the spectacular Brindabella Ranges and Namadgi National Park in the ACT.

Fitz’s is a personal challenge event – not a race. With five rides of varying distances, there’s something to test every rider from the eager novice to the seasoned climber. While all five rides are known for their tough hills, only the longer distances ask riders to tackle the legendary Fitz’s Hill, the epic climb after which the event is named.

Many riders start their Fitz’s journey by testing themselves on the hills of the 50 km and the 105 km events – tough but achievable rides for the keen cyclist looking for a personal challenge. The bravest of those return to tackle the grueling Fitz’s Hill – the highlight of the 165 km and longer rides.It’s been thirty years since the very first Fitz’s Challenge was held back in 1989. For more detailed information about this historic event please visit the official Fitz’s Challenge website –https://www.pedalpower.org.au/fitzs/

Join us on Sunday 3 October 2021 to enjoy the challenging and exhilarating riding!

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Fitz's Challenge 2021 - Departure Schedule

Time:
Description:
Additional:
05:00Registration tent openPedal Power Tent
05:30Here’s the Coffee begin tradingStart Line
05:50Rider briefing (255 km & 210 km)Start Line
06:00255 km & 210 km ride startsStart Line
07:00Cycle City Hire My Bike and Handlebar Café begin tradingCycle City Container
07:20Rider briefing (165 km)Start Line
07:30165km ride startsStart Line
08:20Rider briefing (105 km)Start Line
08:30105 km ride startsStart Line
08:50Rider briefing (50 km)Start Line
09:0050 km ride startsStart Line

Prices

255 km Fitz’s Extreme
Early BirdPP member$190
Non PP member$200
StandardPP member$230
Non PP member$255
On the dayPP member$255
Non PP member$265
210 km Fitz’s Epic
Early BirdPP member$155
Non PP member$165
StandardPP member$190
Non PP member$210
On the dayPP member$210
Non PP member$220
180 km Fitz’s Challenge
Early BirdPP member$135
Non PP member$140
StandardPP member$160
Non PP member$180
On the dayPP member$180
Non PP member$190
165 km Fitz’s Classic
Early BirdPP member$120
Non PP member$130
StandardPP member$150
Non PP member$165
On the dayPP member$165
Non PP member$170
105 km Tharwa Challenge
Early BirdPP member$100
Non PP member$105
StandardPP member$120
Non PP member$135
On the dayPP member$135
Non PP member$145
50 km Tidbidbilla Challenge
Early BirdPP member$65
Non PP member$70
StandardPP member$80
Non PP member$90
On the dayPP member$90
Non PP member$100

Official Fitz's Challenge 2021 Jersey

The Official 2021 Fitz’s Challenge jersey is available for just $90. You will be able to purchase your preferred Fit and Size as you register for your ride.
To make sure your selection is a perfect fit, please review the Sizing Charts HERE.
IMPORTANT – If you wish to have your jersey ready for collection at the event, the DEADLINE FOR ORDERS IS…FRIDAY 9 JULY.

Training Tips and What to Bring

Please remember it is still cool in the early morning In Canberra so gilets and sleeves are recommended for early starters.

Essential items – helmet, sunglasses, shoes, socks, sunscreen, 2x bidons, spare tubes, bike computer, a multi-tool and nutrition.

Tips for Fitz Training

Both Inglis and Douglas point out to me that you wouldn’t take on Fitz’s Challenge without some uphill training. There are some seriously steep sections which you need to practice for.

“You just need a bit of training. You need the strength for Fitz’s, otherwise it’s not really fun. You can start your training with Red hill, then Black Hill and Mount Ainslie and work your way up,” encourages Douglas.

“The event is set up to support you in success. But you wouldn’t go into it without some level of preparedness. Pacing yourself to Fitz’s Hill is really important,” adds Inglis.

The nitty gritty

Fitz’s Challenge cycle event offers a range of distances all with exciting climbs. There are 5 uphill courses to choose from starting with the 50 km Tidbinbilla Challenge, gearing upwards to 105 km, 165 km, 210 km and the longest distance – the 255 km Fitz’s Extreme, which boasts a jaw-dropping 5000 metres of climbing, grades over 12% and a target time of 13.5hrs.

50 km Tidbinbilla Challenge

105 km Tharwa Challenge

  • 7 hour target time
  • 1660 metres of climbing
  • Grades are up to 12%
  • Participants will be electronically timed
  • Water and nutrition available at checkpoints

130 km Fitz’s Corin Challenge

  • 9 hours target maximum time
  • 2,250 meters of vertical climbing
  • Grades up to 12%
  • Participants will be electronically timed at the start, Tharwa and finish.
  • Throw and go tags to be handed in at Corin Forest checkpoint
  • Water and nutrition available at checkpoints

165 km Fitz’s Classic

  • 11 hour target time
  • 2940 metres of climbing
  • Grades are over 12%
  • Participants will be electronically timed
  • Water and nutrition available at checkpoints
  • Lunch provided at the Tharwa checkpoint

185 km Fitz’s Orroral Challenge

  • 12.5 hours target maximum time
  • 3,450 meters vertical climbing
  • Grades up to 12%
  • Participants will be electronically timed at the start, Rendezvous Creek and finish.
  • Throw and go tags to be handed in at Orroral Valley checkpoints
  • Water and nutrition available at checkpoints
  • Lunch provided at the Tharwa checkpoint on the return leg

210 km Fitz’s Epic

  • 13.5 hour target time
  • 4030 metres of climbing
  • Grades are over 12%
  • Participants will be electronically timed
  • Water and nutrition available at checkpoints
  • Lunch provided at the Tharwa checkpoint

255 km Fitz’s Extreme

  • 13.5 hour target time
  • 5000 metres of climbing
  • Grades are over 12%
  • Participants will be electronically time
  • Water and nutrition available at checkpoints
  • Lunch provided at the Tharwa checkpoint

Fitability Tandem Cycling Program

Pedal Power’s Fitability tandem cycling program provides cycling opportunities to Canberrans with vision impairment or other disabilities. It brings the joy of riding to people who would not otherwise be able to cycle. Tandem riders regularly join the following kinds of rides, depending on the interests and abilities of both the stoker and pilot:

  • Pedal Power social rides
  • cycling events such as the Big Canberra Bike Ride, Rotary Five Peaks, and Fitz’s Challenge
  • cycle racing with ACT Veterans or Vikings Cycling Club
  • triathlons: cycling, swimming and running (guiding is available)
  • private rides of their own choosing

Learn more here!

tandem cycling

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