Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby Ross » Wed Jul 10, 2013 1:39 pm

http://www.fitzs.com.au/

Early bird registration closes Sunday 21 October 2012 at 11:55 pm
- Early bird registration gets $20 discount
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Re: Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby skull » Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:20 pm

Only the 165 for ne thus year. Tried and failed the extreme last year.


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Re: Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby singlespeedscott » Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:02 pm

Extreme again for me this year. Will definitely not DNF this year. I have actually done a bit more riding this year. And I plan to spend less time stopped at the check points.
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Re: Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby jcjordan » Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:52 pm

Have they improved the organisation or is it still in effect a unsupported ride?

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Re: Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby skull » Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:18 pm

It was far from unsupported last year

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Re: Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby jcjordan » Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:07 pm

I have not participated since it took on its new format so it has probably changed a far bit.

The last year I did I was in the top third and they ran out of water by the time that I hit the end of the tar, none at the top of Fitz's, honeysuckle or Corin.

Was left with using rain water tanks till tharwa in 25-30C temps.

Never been back

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Re: Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby singlespeedscott » Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:09 pm

jcjordan wrote:Have they improved the organisation or is it still in effect a unsupported ride?

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That was what I was lead to believe last year but it proved to be far from it.

I was the last through a lot of the check points near the end and they were virtually throwing food at me to get rid of it.
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Re: Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby skull » Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:37 pm

same I was offered more food than I knew what to do with.

And well I cracked and told the check point I was giving up and going home, they got me to stay there and fed me up then got a support vehicle to collect me and take me back to SFP.
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Re: Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby joomz » Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:01 am

skull wrote:same I was offered more food than I knew what to do with.


Same here. Best value and organised ride I've done. Lots of great smiling volunteers (really helps to keep going through the hilly kms!), food, energy drinks, and the bbq at the end was a God-send! Snag sanger really hit the spot. I'll be back this year
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Re: Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby mrgolf » Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:55 pm

Extreme for me again. Will do more hill training this time around. Want to crack top 5.
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Re: Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby Ross » Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:31 am

I'm having silly thoughts of doing Extreme as well
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Re: Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby mrgolf » Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:41 am

With your training regime to date, I may well spend the day trying to hold your wheel. :thumb up:

I will be hitting Ainslie repeats and BM repeats starting tomorrow... actually probably around September...
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Re: Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby Cossie Phil » Sun Jul 14, 2013 9:45 am

There is a group of us from Sydney heading down for the Extreme this year. I did the Epic last year with only 5 weeks of climbing before hand...learnt my lesson and will be happy going in much stronger this year!! See you all there:)
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Re: Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby hannos » Wed Jul 24, 2013 3:04 pm

They sent me an email tempting me back.
I also have unfinished business with the Extreme froma couple years ago...
And I haven't ridden any real distance for several months.


So tempted to sign up again...
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Re: Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby jpc » Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:52 pm

I've signed up, will be doing the classic.
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Re: Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby GregLR » Mon Aug 12, 2013 12:12 pm

Just thought I'd mention that Pedal Power ACT has recently put up on the internet a note on the history of Fitz’s Challenge, ahead of the 25th edition of the event this year. Go to http://www.fitzs.com.au and then click on “Useful stuff” near the bottom of the menu on the left hand side of the page and select “History of Fitz's Challenge” in the menu that comes up.

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Re: Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby warthog1 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:51 pm

What sort of weather are we looking at on average in Canberra at the end of October?
Jersey and arm warmers, summer gloves?
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Re: Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby Cossie Phil » Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:59 pm

Thats what I wore last year. The arm warmers came in handy later in the day to keep the sun burn under control:)
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Re: Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby warthog1 » Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:30 am

Thanks Phil
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Re: Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby rogan » Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:50 am

warthog1 wrote:What sort of weather are we looking at on average in Canberra at the end of October?
Jersey and arm warmers, summer gloves?


Last year it was about 4C at the 6am start, but fine, and it was fine all day with a max of ~21C. The 6am starters with summer gloves or no gloves suffered for the first hour or so, but were OK after that. If you were doing a 7am or later start you'd probably be fine.

IIRC on the 205 km Epic, I used arm warmers and summer gloves (my hands were very cold on the descent to Cotter Dam, but warmed up on the 9% heartstarter after that) but I had no shoe covers or leg warmers, I had a merino base layer, and shoved two bits of newspaper down my jersey, which I took out at the top of Apollo/Honeysuckle.

A cold snap or wet weather would obviously change this.
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Re: Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby warthog1 » Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:35 pm

Thanks for the excellent feedback Rogan. :)

Seriously thinking about this. No leave pass yet though.
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Re: Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby danny the boy » Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:15 pm

Might make a trip away around this, It's already cheap but on the entry fee section there is a lower price for members, Is this CA silver members or something else?
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Re: Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby mrgolf » Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:36 pm

No CA membership required. Just a sign up sportive.

On the 255, it was freezing at the start but the arm warmers and liner gloves came off before the first checkpoint.
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Re: Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby GregLR » Sun Sep 01, 2013 3:07 pm

danny the boy wrote:..It's already cheap but on the entry fee section there is a lower price for members, Is this CA silver members or something else?

To build on mrgolf's post, it's referring to a 10% discount for members of Pedal Power ACT, which organises the event ( http://pedalpower.org.au/ ). This is stated near the top of the page that comes up when you click on "Registration now open" near the top of the RHS column of the event home page http://www.fitzs.com.au/ (direct links can't be given for other pages on this site).

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Re: Fitz's Challenge 2013 registration now open‏

Postby grantw » Sun Sep 01, 2013 4:01 pm

I've joined up for the epic, and am quite looking forward to my first fitz.
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