• The Challenge!

    Entries open 1st June....... Free apparel available until sold out!

    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 2017 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.
    •  Our ambassadors for 2018 will join us on the mountain. They will also share their experiences and knowledge with participants over the weekend at a Dinner, skills sessions, social ride/ 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.

     

  • This event caters to everyone who wants to challenge the mountain. Whether you want to go hard and race it, or join with your friends and soak up the atmosphere.

    Categories are:

    OPEN, ACCOMPLISHED, ASPIRING, JUNIORS, TEAMS OF 5 WITH ROPE.

    Details below

    Open - Entry Fee $75

    Challenging for the title of King/Queen of the Mountain and the gold apparel with your name printed on it!

    Prizes in this category will be awarded to 1st ($1,000), 2nd ($600), 3rd ($400), place per division (there are four divisions based on male/female + cycle/running combinations).

    • Entry fee includes free runners singlet/cycling jersey if entered before apparel sells out.
    • To qualify as King/Queen of the Mountain in each division and to set race records, participants must enter and compete in this category.
    • Participants in the event are not entitled to age-division prizes (belonging to accomplished category).
    • Registrations in this event shall be limited to 20 persons per division.
    • All entrants must be at least 14 years of age on the day of the event.
    • Finishing certificates will be available to download.
    • Register early to secure your free apparel.

    Accomplished - Entry Fee $65

    Age Groups - Race for prize money and the red named apparel.

    This is an age-based category (ages 14-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+ years).

    • Entry fee includes free runners singlet/cycling jersey if entered before apparel sells out.
    • There are four divisions in each age category based on male/female + cycle/running combinations.
    • Prizes in this category shall be awarded to 1st ($300), 2nd ($200) and 3rd ($100) place per age category and division.
    • Persons in this category cannot be awarded King/Queen of the mountain or set race records (must enter open division).
    • Individual starts, Runner & Cyclist side by side.
    • Register early to secure your free apparel. 

    Aspiring - Entry Fee $35

    Fun Category

    • There are no cash prizes for this category and no free apparel.
    • Children under 14 may walk/run if accompanied by an adult.
    • Children under 14 may not cycle.
    • Mass start

    Teams Entry Fee $100

    Fun Category

    • 5 per team, at least one male and one female.
    • Must carry a rope, 15 metres long and 10 kg's  (roughly)
    • All to stay attached to the rope at all times.
    • Apparently, matching shirts help!   Oh!  And you must smile all the way!

    Juniors Entry Fee $20 Accompanying Adult $15

    U11 & U14

    • There are no cash prizes for junior events - all juniors will be given a  memento of the event! 1st, 2nd & 3rd will receive a unique CTM medallion.
    • Under 11's start 1.2 km from the finish line, at the last green pump station. All U11's must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over 18.
    •  Under 14's start at the saddle, approx. 3 km.
    • Parents are encouraged to drop their Junior Challengers off at the appropriate race start position, but if unable, there will be transport with a personal trainer from activity hall, Frenchville School. Look for the sign "Junior Challengers meet here".
    • Personal trainers will be at race start to ensure our juniors are well warmed up and ensure they have a positive experience.
    • A committee person will be at the finish line to congratulate our juniors, ensure they are ok and look after them till a parent can collect. 
  • Registration / Race bag collection

     

    Either at the Sportsmans Dinner Friday night (Frenchville Sports Club) from 5:00-6:00pm

    or

    Activity Hall, Frenchville School between 12:00-2:00pm

    Please bring race confirmation email and/or identification

  • Training Programs

    These programs are written by Professor Peter Reaburn - Author of "The Masters Athlete"

    Running Program - Click here                               Cycling Program - Click here

  • APPAREL

    (Free with Open & Accomplished entries till sold out)

     

    Image of design coming soon.

     

     

     

    Cycling jersey $50 (cyclists)

    Running singlet $35 (runners, walkers)

     

  • Race Information

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

    Rules

    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)
    • RING THOSE BELLS!

    Challenge the Mountain Cyclists Bus Transport:

    The Challenge the Mountain Committee encourages all cyclists to use the free bus service if you need to transport your bike down the mountain to ensure safe passage back to the Frenchville State School carpark. The road is in a state of repair in places and this, together with buses, cars, fatigue, cooler temperatures and wildlife late in the afternoon, make it quite dangerous to descend the mountain on your bike. Please note: race insurance does not cover anyone descending the mountain on their bikes after the race has finished.

     

    Race preparation and access to the summit

     

    Pilbeam drive will be open till 2:30pm to allow car access to the top of the mountain. Drive up with your bike ( and warm clothing for the festivities after the event) and ride safely down the mountain in readiness for your race. There will be no vehicle traffic after 2:30 pm, and you are advised to have your car parked at the summit or base of the mountain by this time.

     

    Please stay for presentations and to enjoy live music, bonfires, and food!