Fitz’s Challenge was first held in 1989 with just thirty-seven riders. Now, nearly three decades later, more than 1200 people come together every year on the last Sunday in October to tackle this legendary event.
With five rides of varying distances, there’s something to challenge 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 Tidbinbilla Challenge and the 105 km Tharwa Challenge – tough but achievable rides for the keen cyclist looking for a personal challenge. The bravest of those return to tackle the gruelling Fitz’s Hill – the highlight of the 165 km Fitz’s Classic, 210 km Fitz’s Epic and 255 km Fitz’s Extreme 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.