Fitz’s Challenge was first held in 1989 with just thirty-seven riders. More than three decades later, hundreds of riders come together every 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 seven rides of varying distances, there’s something to test every rider, from the eager novice to the seasoned climber. While all seven 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.
The Fitz’s Challenge is Australia’s toughest hill climbing event. Over the years, tens of thousands of riders have come to test themselves in Canberra’s beautiful Brindabellas. For many, Fitz’s Challenge has become the essential motivation to kick off post-winter training. Panting across Fitz’s finish line is a high point of every cycling year.
For Pedal Power’s organisers and many volunteers, Fitz’s is an opportunity to connect and support Canberra’s cycling community, and to give back to the sport we love.