Challenge accomplished

October 28, 2015

Three riders ascending during Fitz's Challenge 2015. Photo by Epsom Rd Studios.On Sunday 25 October 2015, over 1400 riders took to Canberra’s Brindabella Ranges to challenge themselves on their bike as part of Fitz’s Challenge.

Considered one of the toughest long distance cycling events (not only in the ACT – but Australia) due to the significant amounts of climbing required, the Pedal Power ACT event was a huge success. The event attracted the largest number of riders on the road at one time ever during a Fitz’s Challenge, with registrants involved from the ACT and NSW, as well as others from interstate, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

The event provided five different distances for riders to participate in – 50 km, 105 km, 165 km, 210 km and 255 km – and cycle within a supported environment. Despite Fitz’s being a participation and personal challenge event, it also supports The Kids’ Cancer Project, assisting the organisation to raise over $40,000 in 2015 for child cancer research.

Pedal Power ACT Executive Officer, John Armstrong, believes the numbers we’ve seen in Fitz’s is a strong indication of the direction cycling is trending.

“The amount of registrants from the ACT was superior to any other individual region for Fitz’s Challenge in 2015 – the first time in recent years this has been the case,” said John.

“It’s a promising sign, not only for cycling event participation in the ACT, but also for the development of cycling tourism in the nation’s Capital.”

“Approximately 52% of participants were from interstate, with a few international registrants as well, and they were treated to a day of riding Canberra’s Brindabella Ranges within a supported environment and with 1400 other riders.”

“The opportunity for locals and travellers to see and ride areas of the ACT in a way that most have not experienced before is what makes Fitz’s Challenge a unique and personally rewarding experience for all.”

Fitz’s Challenge is organised by Pedal Power ACT, and is an inclusive event open to participants 12 years and older (those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and obtain event approval before entering).

Fitz’s Challenge will be held again on Sunday 30 October 2016.