Fitz’s Challenge

Fitz’s Challenge

Sunday 4 October

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.

While only the hardiest of riders can claim to have conquered the legendary Fitz’s Hill, it still doesn’t come close to the challenge that children with cancer and their families face day in and day out. Fitz’s Challenge is proud to have supported The Kids’ Cancer Project since 2009 by assisting the organisation to raise much-needed funds for research projects.

It’s been thirty years since the very first Fitz’s Challenge was held back in 1989.

Join us on Sunday 4 October 2020 to enjoy the challenging and exhilarating riding!

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Fitz's Challenge 2020 - Departure Schedule

Time:
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05:00 Registration tent open Pedal Power Tent
05:30 Here’s the Coffee begin trading Start Line
05:50 Rider briefing (255km & 210km) Start Line
06:00 255km & 210km ride starts Start Line
07:00 Cycle City Hire My Bike and Handlebar Café begin trading Cycle City Container
07:20 Rider briefing (165km) Start Line
07:30 165km ride starts Start Line
08:20 Rider briefing (105km) Start Line
08:30 105km ride starts Start Line
08:50 Rider briefing (50km) Start Line
09:00 50km ride starts Start Line

 

 

Prices

255km Fitz’s Extreme
Fitz’s Sale Promo code for Fitz’s Participants $175
Early Bird PP member $190
Non PP member $200
Standard PP member $230
Non PP member $255
On the day PP member $255
Non PP member $265
210km Fitz’s Epic
Fitz’s Sale Promo code for Fitz’s Participants $145
Early Bird PP member $155
Non PP member $165
Standard PP member $190
Non PP member $210
On the day PP member $210
Non PP member $220
180km Fitz’s Challenge
Fitz’s Sale Promo code for Fitz’s Participants $125
Early Bird PP member $135
Non PP member $140
Standard PP member $160
Non PP member $180
On the day PP member $180
Non PP member $190
165km Fitz’s Classic
Fitz’s Sale Promo code for Fitz’s Participants $115
Early Bird PP member $120
Non PP member $130
Standard PP member $150
Non PP member $165
On the day PP member $165
Non PP member $170
105km Tharwa Challenge
Fitz’s Sale Promo code for Fitz’s Participants $90
Early Bird PP member $100
Non PP member $105
Standard PP member $120
Non PP member $135
On the day PP member $135
Non PP member $145
50km Tidbidbilla Challenge
Fitz’s Sale Promo code for Fitz’s Participants $60
Early Bird PP member $65
Non PP member $70
Standard PP member $80
Non PP member $90
On the day PP member $90
Non PP member $100

 

 

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 50km Tidbinbilla Challenge, gearing upwards to 105km, 165km, 210km and the longest distance – the 255km Fitz’s Extreme, which boasts a jaw-dropping 5000 metres of climbing, grades over 12% and a target time of 13.5hrs.

There’s still time to sign up for this year’s historic 30th Anniversary challenge event. Entrants can also choose to fundraise for the event’s partner charity The Kids’ Cancer Project if they wish to.

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

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

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

Results

TESTIMONIALS

“Have Fitz’s as a goal. It’s an endurance challenge but there’s a great community spirit. It’s beautiful riding out on the course and you’ll feel a real sense of satisfaction of achieving it.”

Michelle Inglis , Avid Fitz's Rider

"It’s an ideal time of year to set a personal challenge like Fitz’s. The short course is such an achievable distance and the scenery out there is so beautiful”

Jen Faerber

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