The Five Peaks Challenge is a non-competitive cyclo-sportive event that provides a great challenge to ride the six peaks of Canberra – Mount Stromlo, Red Hill, Mount Pleasant, Mount Ainslie and Black Mountain and Dairy Farmers Hill (in the Arboretum).
It is historically named ‘Five Peaks Challenge’ but since 2015, when Dairy Farmers Hill (in the Arboretum) was added, it has six peaks for you. That’s 30% extra!
This year it will take place on May 14.
There are two ride lengths (about 117 km or 85 km) within which you have the option to choose which peaks you climb and which ones you by-pass. Take on all six peaks for a total elevation gains of about 2,000 m on the longer ride and 1,500 m on the shorter ride – but you can bypass the peaks if necessary for less climbing. And there are food stations and support available available on course.
The event is a major fund-raising opportunity for Woden Rotary and their supported charities. All funds raised from the ride go to community projects that Rotary supports. This year they are raising funds to buy a tri-shaw as part of Cycling Without Age at a local aged persons facility and to support ROMAC.