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The following information is provided to assist participants.

It is the rider’s responsibility to be self-sufficient when participating in the Fitz’s Challenge event. A rider is expected to be capable of performing a basic repair and having sufficient water and nutrition to complete their chosen distance. As a form of additional support – water and nutrition will be available at checkpoints by event organisers, and support vehicles will be on the course to assist with repairs. We advise to turn your bike upside down on the side of the road in order to safely signal a support vehicle.

This is a supported event. The support offered on the day will be:

  • Water and nutrition at checkpoints
  • Support vehicles patrolling the courses (no private support vehicles are permitted)
  • Police presence and patrolling motorbikes on the courses
  • Ambulance/first aid on stand-by
  • Emergency telephone number to event organisers (provided in rider pack)
  • Courses signed to provide direction
  • Toilets are stationed at checkpoints
  • Lunch for cyclists riding the 165km, 210km and 255km

Mobile phones may be of use in an emergency to contact event organisers. However coverage is limited on the course. If in an emergency situation and coverage is not available, send a message to the next checkpoint with another rider. Alternatively, turn your bike upside down on the side of the road so a roaming patrol vehicle knows you need assistance.

Rider packs are to be collected on the day before the event day or on the event day at the times and locations given on the registration page.

Training Rides
For those intending to participate in Fitz’s Classic, Tony Cibiras is again running a series of training rides on Sunday mornings at 8am commencing on 28 August. Starting and finishing at Stromlo Forest Park, the first three rides will be around the Uriarra loop with various excursions to Mount Stromlo, Condor Creek, Coppins Crossing etc. to add distance and elevation. Later he will add the five peaks of Canberra and later, at least one excursion to Tharwa.
The training rides won’t go past Tharwa as the intention is to leave Fitz’s Hill and beyond as an unrehearsed challenge for the actual event.
These rides are sanctioned Pedal Power ACT rides and will be run in accordance with Pedal Power ACT conditions. And like all Pedal Power ACT rides, they are open to members and non members alike.
More information contact Tony at: cibiras@iinet.net.au.

Cycling nutrition advice from Hammer Nutrition

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