• CTM19

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    Have you got what it takes?

    Challenge the Mountain and be in the running to win up to $1,200!

    Saturday, 7 September 2019

    Mount Archer, Rockhampton


    Celebrating its fifth year, Challenge The Mountain is one of Queensland's most iconic mountain challenges for both runners and cyclists. Offering an unrelenting 5km timed rate at a 10% gradient, the challenge has distinguished itself as the richest road cycling race in the world (per kilometre).


    Catering for all levels and ages in both running and cycling events, this unique community event sees runners and cyclists start side by side and tackle Mount Archer. There are multiple cash prizes up for grabs, including $1,200 for the 1st Open Male and Female cyclist and runner.


    After the race, enjoy good vibes with good friends with live music, food and bonfires on offer at the top of the mountain.


    ❋ FREE BUS ❋


    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, there are categories for everyone.


    Online entries only - no race day registration

    Entries close Midnight Thursday 5 September

  • To view registered Challengers...

  • Open

    Entry Fee $75

    Compete for the title of King or Queen of the Mountain

    Prizes in this category will be awarded to 1st ($1,200), 2nd ($600) and 3rd ($300) place per division (awarded to males and females for the cycle and run).

    • 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
    • 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


    Entry Fee $65

    Race for prize money based on your age

    Prizes in this category will be awarded to 1st ($300), 2nd ($200) and 3rd ($100) place per age-based category (ages 14-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+ years) for males and females in the cycle and run.

    • Entry fee includes free runners singlet/cycling jersey if entered before apparel sells out
    • Persons in this category cannot be awarded King/Queen of the mountain or set race records (must enter open division)
    • Individual starts, Runner and Cyclist side by side
    • Grab some friends - at least 8 - and register as a group. Every team member receives a $10 gift voucher from Frenchville Sports Club to the first 150 registered. Enjoy a post-event dinner party at FSC


    Entry Fee $35

    Walk, run or cycle for fun

    • 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
    • Grab some friends - at least 8 - and register as a group. Every team member receives a $10 gift voucher from Frenchville Sports Club to the first 150 registered. Enjoy a post-event dinner party at FSC


    Entry Fee $30

    For those wanting an easier option, start at the saddle

    • Approx 3km
    • There are no cash prizes for this category and no free apparel
    • Buses available for transport to the saddle (where our water tank is located) from the start line
    • Mass start
    • Grab some friends - at least 8 - and register as a group. Every team member receives a $10 gift voucher from Frenchville Sports Club to the first 150 registered. Enjoy a post-event dinner party at FSC


    Entry Fee $100

    Get a team together and compete - perpetual trophy awarded

    • 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!


    Entry Fee $20 Accompanying Adult $15

    11 & Under and 14 & Under

    • 1st, 2nd and 3rd will receive a unique CTM medallion
    • All participants will receive a memento of the event
    • There are no cash prizes for junior events
    • Under 11 & Under's start 1.2 km from the finish line, at the last green pump station. All Challengers in this category must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over 18
    •  14 & Under's start at the saddle, approx. 3 km
    • Parents are encouraged to drop their 14 & Under Junior Challengers off at the appropriate race start position, but if unable, there will be transport with event personnel from the new carpark on Pilbeam Drive - 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

    Take on the challenge looking like a pro with your very own Challenge The Mountain 2019 Jersey


    The HUB Premium Jersey is our pride and joy! Made with premium, luxurious soft-touch fabrics and breathable mesh panels these jerseys are lightweight yet built to last. Coupled with elastic cuffs and gripper tape - placed 'just right' to keep the jersey in place, reflective elastic also helps keep you visible in low light.

    A jersey you'll be happy to wear on the bike all day, and still look good enough off the bike to pass the post-ride coffee shop debrief!


    Key Details

    • Full length Covered Lock Down Zip with Zip Covers at Neck and Waist. Stays in place and the covers at both ends minimise any rub.
    • Three deep rear products with full-width reflective elastic let you carry your gear in comfort, and help keep you a little more visible from the rear.
    • Rear Zipper Valuables pocket with Reflective detail adds to your visibility while keeping keys, cards or all important coffee money safe and sound. Located on the Rear Cargo for easy access.
    • Full Elastic Gripper waist-band - wide and flat at the front and gripper tape at the rear. Designed not to ride up when you're on the bike and look great off it!
    • Powerband sleeve cuff provides a close fit and maximum comfort.

    We recommend using the size chart to guide you. Our premium jersey is designed to fit. If you prefer a little extra room we suggest going up one size.

    All orders before 13 July are guaranteed for collection at the event.

    Cycling Jersey

    Enter early to secure yours! Included for Open and Accomplished cyclists till 13 July

    Available for purchase - $50

    Sizing chart - Click here

    Runners Singlet

      Enter early to secure yours! Included for Open and Accomplished runners till 13 July

      Available for purchase - $30


      Click below for sizing chart




      Saturday from 9:00am till race start

      Please bring race confirmation email and/or identification


      Written by Professor Peter Reaburn, author of "The Masters Athlete"

      Running Program - Click here                               Cycling Program - Click here


      Please check before race day for the latest updates

      When: Saturday 7st September 2019

      Where: Mt Archer, Rockhampton

      Start Line: Cnr. Frenchville Rd & Pilbeam Drive

      Course Info: 5 km at 10% Gradient



      9.00am-3.00pm - race bag collection at start line

      3.00pm - challenge begins

      5.30pm - presentations and after party on top of the mountain



      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 2:30pm, and you are advised to have your car parked at the summit or base of the mountain by this time.


      If you do need to leave early, the road will reopen to traffic around 5.00 pm (or when the last participant arrives at the top of the mountain). To ensure you have a timely departure off the mountain, if you need to depart as soon as the road reopens, we would encourage you to arrange your own transport back to the bottom as the buses will not be leaving until they are full (there may also be a wait if the demand for buses is high). While there is ample parking at the top of the mountain we do encourage carpooling to ensure everyone is able to be accommodated.


      Challenge Rules

      These apply to all participants


      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 and SES volunteers.
      • Everyone must register on Saturday  (rego open 9.00 am till 2.30 pm) to pick up race numbers, cowbells, and event bag - registration is at the start line on Pilbeam Drive turnoff
      • 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 year
      • Apparel is available for purchase till 12th July 

      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 Pilbeam Drive after presentations. Buses leave from the new Carpark near the start line.
      • A  car with a bike rack will be available to bring bikes back to the starting area after presentations - you must accompany your bike back down. We do urge cyclists to arrange your own transport.  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)

      Challenge the Mountain Cyclists Bus Transport

      The Challenge the Mountain Committee encourages all cyclists to use the designated service if you need to transport your bike down the mountain to ensure safe passage back to Pilbeam Drive. 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.