As event organisers we provide you with the following support:
- Water and nutrition at checkpoints
- Support vehicles patrolling the courses to assist with repairs (no private support vehicles are permitted)
- Police presence and motorbikes on patrol on the course
- Ambulance/first aid on stand-by
- Emergency phone number of event organisers
- Signage to provide direction on courses
- Toilets located at checkpoints
- Lunch for cyclists riding the 165 km, 210 km and 255 km
As a rider, it is your responsibility to be self-sufficient while participating in this event. You should be capable of performing a basic repair and have sufficient water and nutrition to complete your chosen distance.
Mobile phone coverage is limited on the course. There will be a police presence with motorcycle patrols as well as roaming support vehicles along the course to assist participants if required.
Any human-powered cycle that is legal to be ridden on ACT roads can be ridden in the event. This includes two-wheelers, recumbents, tandems, tricycles, unicycles, kick bikes, three-wheeled racing wheelchairs (for riders with disabilities) and electric power-assisted pedal-cycles (pedalecs).
Tandems with a pilot and stoker are charged a single entry fee, although both riders must register. The second rider can complete their entry form in person on Saturday 27 or Sunday 28 prior to collecting their rider pack.
Fitz’s Challenge is an inclusive cycling event and open to riders 12 years and over. Riders under the age of 18 years are required to be accompanied by an adult.
Start times are as follows:
6:00 am – 255 km Fitz’s Extreme
6:00 am – 210 km Fitz’s Epic
7:30 am – 165 km Fitz’s Classic
8:30 am – 105 km Tharwa Challenge
9:00 am – 50 km Tidbinbilla Challenge
All riders must attend a rider briefing ten minutes prior to the start of their ride.
Relax and recover after your big ride at our Fitz’s Challenge event hub and chill out zone.
Featuring entertainment by Canberra singer-songwriter Matt Dent, award-winning local beer from Bentspoke Brewing Company, and delicious food vendors including:
Hartley Lifecare and their famous BBQ,
The Handlebar – this new licensed café will be open for the first time on event day, offering sweet snacks, coffee, toasted jaffles and BentSpoke beer on tap.
The Handlebar is located in the shipping container near the pavilion alongside Cycle City’s new mountain bike hire/shop Cycle City – Hire My Bike, opening soon.
The Handelbar and Cycle City – Hire My Bike are operated by a group of local mountain bike riders who are passionate about Stromlo and improving the amenity of the park for all visitors. They’d love you to come check it out and say hi!