• Got what it takes to win $240 per km - run or cycle?

    Entries now open....... Free apparel available until 13th July

    Come and Challenge the Mountain. Run for the good times, feel the good vibes with good friends on Saturday 7th September 2019 on Rockhampton’s beautiful Mount Archer.
    In its 5th year, we are expecting over 500 entries this year, catering for all levels, all ages in both running and cycling events over the weekend. This unique community event will see runners and cyclists start side by side. Challenge The Mountain is one of Queensland’s most iconic mountain challenges for both runners and cyclists.
    Offering an unrelenting five-kilometre timed race at 10% gradient, CTM has distinguished itself as the richest road cycling race in the World (per kilometre). The winning prizes include $1,200 for the 1st Open Male and Female cyclist and 1st Open Male and Female runner, that is $240 per km. There are cash prizes for 1st 2nd & 3rd Male and Female in Open Running and Cycling categories plus Age Divisions in Accomplished Categories in both the cycling and running events.



    ❋ FREE BUS ❋


    Please note - After the race we would love to see everyone stay on the top of the mountain for the presentations, enjoy your good friends, the good vibes and the good times with live music, food and bonfires. However, 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.


  • 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, SADDLE-UP, 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 time printed on it!

    Prizes in this category will be awarded to 1st ($1,200), 2nd ($600), 3rd ($300), 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. 
    • 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 winners apparel with your time printed on it!.

    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

    Saddleup! Entry Fee $30

    For those wanting an easier option! Start at the saddle!

    • 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.
    • Approx 3km. 
    • Mass start

    Teams Entry Fee $100

    Fun Category - 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!

    Juniors Entry Fee $20 Accompanying Adult $15

    11 & Under and 14 & Under

    • 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 & 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. 

    (Free with Open & Accomplished entries till July 13th)


    Additional apparel can also be purchased separately.


    Cycling jersey $50 (cyclists)

    Running singlet $30 (runners, walkers)


    Cycling Jersey

    Included for Open and Accomplished cyclists till 13th July

    Enter early to secure yours! Sizing Chart - Click here

    Runners Singlet

    Included for Open and Accomplished runners till 13th July

    Enter early to secure yours! Sizing chart Ladies  Mens and Kids

  • Race bag collection



    Saturday from 9:00am till race start!

    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

  • 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 Giant Rockhampton.


    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 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)

    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.


    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!