Canberra spirit on show as riders respond to the call of the hills

10 Dec 21 | By pp-admin | Events, Fitzs, Pedal Power

Hundreds of Canberra bike riders will take to the hills of the Brindabellas this Sunday in one of the region’s first major events post-lockdown. 

Pedal Power CEO Ian Ross said a looming threat of cancellation had lingered over the Fitz’s Challenge all year, but in true Canberra style, the show will go on. 

“The Fitz’s Challenge is Australia’s toughest hill climb event, and in many ways the grit and determination needed to tackle those hills reflects the tenacity Canberrans have shown this year in spades,” he said. 

“Fitz’s is no walk in the park. We have several route options, all with varying degrees of intensity and elevation, starting with the 50km Tidbinbilla Challenge, all the way through to the big one, the 255km Fitz’s Extreme.  

“After Canberra entered lockdown in winter, we had to move the event date twice. We’ve had closed borders, new Covid variants, and the wettest November on record, dampening riders’ ability to train. 

“Those riders who have battled through pandemic, lockdown and weekend after weekend of rain reflect that #KenBehrens spirit that has bonded our city this year,” he said. 

“We are delighted and quietly relieved that this Sunday is predicted to be absolutely ideal cycling conditions, with no rain forecast and a top of 23 degrees,” he said. 

Registrations are open right up to the event start time. People can register in person at the event hub at Stromlo Forest Park on Sunday 12 December from 5.30am until the event begins. For more information visit 


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Pedal Power ACT Chief Executive Officer Ian Ross is available for interview upon request. 

Media contact: Kate Mokrij | 0412975283 |