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 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 gruelling 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 was back in 1989. Join us in 2019 as we celebrate three decades of challenging and exhilarating riding!
SAVE THE DATE!
When: Sunday 27 October 2019
Where: from Stromlo Forest Park in Canberra and into the hills
Stay tuned for more news of our special 30th birthday event!