7 peaks Alpine As­cent Chal­lenge ups the ante

North East Tourist News - - Bright And District -

ROAD cy­clists will now be able to log their rides on ded­i­cated Strava seg­ments dur­ing the 7 Peaks Alpine As­cent Chal­lenge (7 Peaks AAC) sea­son (open un­til March 31).

Of­fer­ing some of the best alpine road cy­cling out­side of Europe, the 7 Peaks AAC is an at-your-own pace cy­cling chal­lenge which takes rid­ers up wind­ing moun­tain roads, around steep turns and past spec­tac­u­lar views right to the top of Vic­to­ria’s Alpine Re­sorts.

New Strava seg­ments for the seven des­ig­nated climbs – Mt Baw Baw, Mt Buf­falo, Mt Buller, Din­ner Plain, Lake Moun­tain, Falls Creek and Hotham – will al­low cy­clists to track their progress and chal­lenge their friends through­out the 7 Peaks AAC sea­son.

To be part of the chal­lenge, cy­clists sim­ply reg­is­ter for a 7 Peaks Pass­port at www.7peaks.com.au or pick one up at the sum­mit of their first climb.

Cy­clists new to 7 Peaks AAC can take a vir­tual ride up Mt Buf­falo with the re­lease of a new video that tells the story of the per­sonal chal­lenge, ca­ma­raderie, in­vig­o­ra­tion and of course breath­tak­ing views that come with ev­ery peak climbed, which can be found at www.youtube.com/ watch?v=RI-xzqAHu78.

To give keen cy­clists’ train­ing a boost, 7 Peaks am­bas­sador GreenEDGE cy­clist Si­mon Ger­rans has put to­gether a train­ing pro­gram specif­i­cally for the 7 Peaks. Find it at www.7peaks.com.au. Vet­er­ans of the 7 Peaks AAC – Hells 500 and The Climb­ing Cy­clist – re­turn this sea­son to run their Do­mes­tique 7 Peaks Se­ries for a sec­ond year.

With a group ride sched­uled for each of the 7 Peaks, or­gan­is­ers Andy van Ber­gen and Matt de Neef are com­mit­ted to help­ing any cy­clist who is com­mit­ted to com­plet­ing the climb, re­gard­less of whether it’s their first or hun­dred-and-first.

Be­yond the per­sonal chal­lenge and re­ward of climb­ing the 7 Peaks, ev­ery cy­clist who con­quers four peaks or more goes into the run­ning to win the ma­jor prize of a Spe­cial­ized Tar­mac SL4 Pro road bike and ac­ces­sories val­ued at over $7000.

Each climb is val­i­dated by col­lect­ing a re­sort stamp at the top of the moun­tain, or record­ing the ride in the 7 Peaks Strava seg­ment.

For each peak com­pleted, rid­ers also go into the draw to win a “Peak Prize” ac­com­mo­da­tion pack­age.

Cy­clists can tackle the 7 Peaks any­time un­til March 31, 2014.

Reg­is­ter for your 7 Peaks Pass­port or Fol­low Si­mon’s 7 Peaks Train­ing pro­gram: www.7peaks.com.au.

You can share your 7 Peaks AAC ex­pe­ri­ence on www.face­book.com/alpineas­centchal­lenge, or via Twit­ter us­ing @7Peak­sVic­to­ria and #7Peak­sChal­lenge.

GET GO­ING: Par­tic­i­pants in the 7 Peaks Alpine As­cent Chal­lenge.

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