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  • Mt Archer

    Located in the suburbs of Rockhampton, this iconic mountain offers so much.

    Take a look and enjoy!

  • Have you got what it takes to

    "Challenge the Mountain" in 2017?

    Join us for a "Challenging Weekend".

    Challenge the Mountain (CTM) is an unrelenting five kilometre race at 10% gradient and it's timed! CTM is one of Queensland’s iconic mountain challenges for runners and cyclists.

    • Aim for your best personal time! There’s great prize money for the fastest open competitor and for each age division. Cyclists and runners start side by side.
    • Entry fees go toward facilities on the mountain for the benefit of all the community. In 2015 we invested in permanent water points on the climb for walkers, runners, and cyclists. In 2016 we have initiated plans for seating and a shelter at the saddle.
    • Get Rockhampton moving - a great opportunity for locals and visitors to get active and enjoy the experience of Mount Archer.
    • We are currently securing our ambassadors for 2017 and they will join us on the mountain. They will also share their experiences and knowledge with participants over the weekend at a forum, skills sessions, social ride and run.
    • This year we will have a number of small wood fires burning to help keep everyone warm. We also have a supply of emergency blankets that will be handed out at the top to spectators and challengers to keep the chilly breeze out! 
    • Spectators are most welcome! Please encourage your supporters to come and watch. There will be cowbells placed along Pilbeam Drive for spectators to ring, food & drinks will be available at the top.  There are fantastic places along the road to cheer on the challengers.  A bus will follow up the last competitors and pick up spectators and transport them to the top.


  • Race Information

    Work in progress -  please check before race for latest updates!


    General - Applies to all


    Waiver - Civil Liberties Act 2003


    Challenge the Mountain requires a good level of fitness. You must be physically fit and have trained sufficiently to participate in and complete the event.


    You agree to participate in this event at your own risk and to indemnify and keep indemnified the Challenge the Mountain Committee and the Rockhampton Regional Council against all claims, suits, actions or demands which may be brought in respect of any injury or other loss sustained by me/us or anyone participating in Challenge the Mountain and agree to exonerate Challenge the Mountain committee and the Rockhampton Regional Council from all responsibility and from all loss or injury to any person due to alleged liability or otherwise.


    All participants:

    • Must follow instructions handed out by CTM committee & SES volunteers.
    • Everyone must register either at the forum Friday night or Saturday afternoon (rego open 12 noon till 2:00 pm) to pick up race numbers, COWBELLS, and event bag! 
    • Cyclists must wear properly fastened Australian Standard approved helmets at all times during the race and have their bikes checked by a CTM mechanic.
    • Race bibs to be attached to FRONT of athlete /bike (using supplied zip ties) - this helps identify you for commentators and in photos.
    • Age is taken as at first day of the event.
    • Apparel is available for purchase till the 12th July. Sizing for apparel is available at Inferno Sports Wear on East St. 


    Race Day Tips!

    • Bring warm clothes! It can get cool at the top. We will be operating a "bag drop", so drop off your warm clothes at rego and we will transfer them to the top of the mountain. Rug up after the race!
    • There will be buses to take spectators to various points along Frenchville Road, and back to Frenchville School after presentations. Buses leave from Frenchville  School activity centre.
    • A truck/trailer will be available to bring bikes back to Frenchville School, but we urge cyclists to arrange your own transport at the top of Mt Archer early in the day.  Also, pack your warm clothes so they will be readily available! 
    • Be well warmed up before the race starts.
    • Bring a TORCH! 
    • Enjoy the atmosphere - encourage those around you.
    • Bring your supporters - give them your cowbell to ring! (loudly)

    Note to Challenge the Mountain Cyclists Bus Transport:


    A bus and trailer service is available to transport you and your bike back to Frenchville School after the Challenge the Mountain on Mt Archer. It is provided to ensure you have safe passage back down the mountain in the dark after presentations and festivities.


    The Challenge the Mountain Committee encourages you to use this service if you need to transport your bike down the mountain. There will be a number of buses available with trailers for bikes. Please place your bike in the trailer and it is your responsibility for getting on the same bus! You are responsible for your bike.


    The road will be open Saturday morning to allow car access to the top of the mountain. Drive up with your bike, warm clothes etc, safely ride down the mountain in readiness for your race. There will be no vehicle traffic after 2:00 pm, please have your car parked at the summit or bottom of the mountain by this time.


    Any accidents and we may have difficulty staging this event again. Please stay for presentations and to enjoy live music, bonfires, and food!

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