7 peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge ups the ante
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.