• Have you got what it takes to

    "Challenge The Mountain" in 2016?

    IT HURTS...

    • Challenge the Mountain (CTM) is an unrelenting race of a 5 kilometre 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! And there’s great prize money for the fastest Elite competitor and for each age division. Cyclists and runners start side by side.
    • Entry fees go towards facilities on the mountain for the benefit of all the community. 2015 we invested in permanent water points on the climb for walkers, runners and cyclists.
    • Get Rockhampton moving - a great opportunity for locals and visitors to get active and enjoy the experience of Mt Archer.
    • Robbie McEwan and Chris Gale are our ambassadors for 2016 and 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 runs


  • Mt Archer

    Rockhampton, Queensland

  • Program - Join us!

    Do as little or as much as you like - as long as you Challenge The Mountain!

    Friday 26th August

    Bib Pickup & Forum at Frenchville Sports Club

    • 5:30pm Early Registration and Race Bag pickup.
    • 6:00pm  Forum and chat with Robbie and Chris

    Saturday 27th August

    Morning - Skills Session at Velodrome - Berserker St

    Afternoon - CTM Race

    • 8:00am  Beginner (*)
    • 9:00am Intermediate (*)
    • 10:00am Advanced (*)
    • 12:00pm - 2:00pm at Frenchville State School Activity Hall: Registration & Race bag pickup
    • 5:00  Presentation & Afterparty on the Mountain

    Sunday 28th August

    Morning Brunch with Social Run/ Ride (optional) - meet at the Velodrome, Berserker St

    • 6:00am Cyclists - Social ride to Mt Morgan with Robbie McEwen (**)
    • 7:00am Runners - Social run with Chris Gale (***)
    • 10:00am All meet back at the Velodrome for a BBQ Brunch & Closing 
  • * These sessions are strictly limited to 15 people per session. Book when registering for CTM. $20 per person/ session.

    Limited to one session per person.

    ** This is a 100km ride - 28km/h average speed. Open to Challengers only, cost is $15 which includes breakfast at the Velodrome

    *** Open to Challengers only, cost is $15 which includes breakfast at the Velodrome


    Friday evening at the Frenchville Sports Club will be a great opportunity to meet and mingle with our Ambassadors;

    Robbie McEwen – international road cyclist and triple winner of the Tour de France green sprinters’ classification and now commentator, coach and cycling promoter.

    Chris Gayle – Local CQ distance runner and now coach extraordinaire based in Brisbane owing Galeforce training.


    This event is open to all! You do NOT have to be a challenger to attend. For non-challengers to purchase tickets, please email: info@challengethemountain.net or click button below.

    You can collect your kit, mingle with other participants over drinks and finger food followed by a forum with Robbie and Chris. It’s a great chance to hear their stories, ask questions, find out training and racing tips and engage with them before the challenge! Drinks will be available from the bar during the evening, though too many might take the edge of your Saturday performance.

  • Ambassadors!


    Robbie McEwen

    Cycling Ambassador

    Born 24 June 1972 in Brisbane, Queensland, is an Australian former professional road bicycle racer. He last rode for Orica-GreenEDGE on the UCI World Tour. As a triple winner of the Tour de France's green jersey sprinters' classification, at his peak he was considered one of the fastest sprinters in the world.


    McEwen has participated in the Tour de France 12 times, in 1997 (117th), 1998 (89th), 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010.

    He has had 12 stage wins.

    In 1999 on stage 20 he won the sprint in Paris on the Champs-Elysées.

    In 2002 he won stage 3: Metz – Reims and stage 20: Melun – Paris.

    In 2004 he won stages 3 and 9.

    In 2005 he won stage 5 to Montargis, stage 7 to Karlsruhe in Germany and stage 13 to Montpellier.

    In 2006 he won stages 2, 4 and 6 to Esch-sur-Alzette, St Quentin and Vitré.

    In 2012, he announced that the Tour of California would be the last professional race of his career.

    Chris Gale - Galeforce Running

    Running Ambassador

    Born  Sydney 1971. Started running in 1984 when living in Dysart, before moving to Rockhampton in December 1986.


    Personal Best Times:

    · Marathon – 2:48.48

    · Half Marathon – 1:09.23

    · 10km – 30:47

    · 5km – 15:06

    · 3km – 9:00

    · 1500m – 4:02

    · 1000m – 2:38

    · 800m – 2:02


    President of the Rockhampton Road Runners from 1993-2001. Life Member of the Rockhampton Road Runners. Head Coach / Director – GaleForce Running Squad since December 2007. Has coached a number of Queensland & Australian champions at junior, school and open level.


    Head Cross Country & middle / long distance track coach @ Stuartholme School since 2011. Race Director – Ipswich Park2Park since 2005.


  • Race Info

    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 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.


    Riders registered with Cycling Australia please note:

    Cycling Queensland has waived Rule 1106 (Illegal Events) for Challenge the Mountain and you may participate in Challenge the Mountain. You are not covered under the CA licence insurance for Challenge the Mountain and participate at your own risk. Challenge the Mountain is not a sanctioned Cycling Australia event.



    • Must follow instructions handed out by CTM committee & SES volunteers.
    • Everyone must check in either at the forum Friday night or Saturday afternoon ( rego open 12 noon till 2:00pm) to pick up race numbers, COWBELLS, and for race briefing. 
    • Cyclists must wear securely fastened helmets at all times during the race and have their bikes check by CTM mechanic.
    • Race bibs to be attached to FRONT of athlete / bike - 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 17th July. Sizing for apparel is available at Inferno Sports Wear on East St. 


    Either at the Forum Friday night (Frenchville Sports Club) from 5:30 - 6:00pm


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

    Please bring race confirmation email, if unable, some ID is needed.



    Elite Race Start 3:45pm, briefing 3:40pm


    • Prizes in this category shall be awarded to 1st ($1,000), 2nd ($500) and 3rd ($300) place per division (there are four divisions based on male/female + cycle/running combinations)
    • 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.
    • Earlybird entries to secure your free apparel closes on July 17th. 

    Accomplished - Race Start 3:10pm, briefing 3:05pm

    • This is an age-based category ( ages 14-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+ years).
    • 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 Elite division)
    • Earlybird entries to secure your free apparel closes on July 17th. 

    Aspiring - Race Start 2:40pm, briefing 2:30pm

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

    Juniors (under 11 & 14) - Race start 2:40pm, briefing at start, 2:30pm

    • There are no cash prizes for junior events - all juniors will be given a medallion and a Funzone voucher!
    • Under 11's start 1.2 km from finish line, at the last green pump station.
    •  Under 14's start at the saddle, approx. 3 km.
    • Parents are encouraged to drop their Junior Challengers of at the appropriate race start position, but if unable, there will be transport with a personal trainer ( Jo Richards) 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 juniours, ensure they are ok and look after them till a parent can collect. They will be able to cheer competing parents on at the finish line!

    Teams - Race Start 2:35pm, briefing 2:30pm

    • 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 rope at all times.
    • Apparently, matching shirts help!   Oh!  And you must smile all the way!

    Note to Challenge the Mountain Cyclists Bus Transport:

    A bus and trailer service is available to transport you and you 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 road is in very bad condition, this along with buses, cars, fatigue, cold and wildlife late afternoon, makes it quite dangerous.

    The Challenge the Mountain Committee encourages to use this service if you need to transport your bike down the mountain. Your bike will be available for collection from the Frenchville School Car Park. All bikes must be collected before 8:00pm.

    The road will be open from 10:00am Saturday 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 2:00pm, please have your car parked at the Summit or bottom of the mountain by this time.

    Any accidents and we will have difficulty staging this event again.

    Consider staying for presentations and to enjoy the live music and food!

    Timeline for Race Day!


    Friday 26 August  

    5:30pm Early registration and race kit collection - Frenchville Sports Club

    6:00pm Q&A Forum with Robbie McEwan and Chris Gale - Frenchville Sports Club

    8:30pm Q&A Finish


    Saturday 27 August

    8:00am Beginner Cycle Skills Training with Robbie McEwan -Kenrick Tucker Velodrome

    9:00am Intermediate Cycle Skills Training with Robbie McEwan

    Running Skills Training Chris Gale - Kenrick Tucker Velodrome

    10:00am Advanced Cycle Skills Training with Robbie McEwan - Kenrick Tucker Velodrome


    Road open from 10:00am to enable Challengers & supporters to park their car near top of Mt Archer.


    12:00pm – 2:00pm Registration and race kit collection - Frenchville State School Activity Hall

    12:15 Buses to Mt Archer begin operating - Frenchville State School Carpark

    Please note - After the race we would love to see everyone stay up the top of the mountain for the presentations, enjoy the live music and consume tasty food. However if you do need to leave, the road will reopen to traffic around 4:30pm (or when the last participate 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). Whilst there is ample parking at the top of the mountain we do encourage car pooling to ensure everyone is able to be accommodated.


    The Challenge Begins

    14:30 Road closure Pilbeam Drive

    14:40 Kids Race (1&3km)

    14:40 Aspiring/Teams

    15:00 Kids Presentation (x12)

    15:10 Accomplished participants

    15:45 Elite participants

    16:20 Finish Challenge

    16:30 Live entertainment, food and coffee! - Mt Archer Summit

    16:30 Road Open and Buses available Mt Archer Summit – Frenchville State School

    17:00 PRESENTATION Mt Archer Summit



    Sunday 28 August



    Robbie McEwan Social Ride to Mt Morgan (Gates open) Kenrick Tucker Velodrome Berserker St

    5:45am Riders pre ride briefing


    6:00am Ride departs


    6:45am Bouldercombe Group Stop -Bouldercombe

    7:30am Arrive Mt Morgan – coffee and historical tour - Mt Morgan Main Street

    8:15am Depart Mt Morgan Via Bouldercombe

    9:30 – 10am Return Velodrome - Kenrick Tucker Velodrome Berserker St



    5:30am Chris Gale Social Run with Rockhmapton Road Runners Long Run 20+km - Kenrick Tucker Velodrome Berserker St

    6:50am Runners briefing (3 & 11km runners)

    7:00am Runners depart - shorter runs 3 & 11km.

    < 9:30am Runners return


    Brunch at Velodrome

    10am Brunch at Velodrome Kenrick Tucker Velodrome Berserker St


    Race Day Tips!

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


    Please note that SUNDAY morning opening times of Mount Archer is 7am – 9am sharp.

    Further important information is a follows:

    1. We request that you park your car at Frenchville Sate School car parks and proceed to walk to Mount Archer to minimise vehicular noise and congestion at the base of the mountain. This is approximately a 2km walk. Consider this as your warm up.

    2. Please minimise noise levels on your commute and whilst in residential areas when using the mountain.

    3. All athletes MUST BE OFF THE MOUNTAIN BY 9AM. Do not leave it to the last minute to participate in training, arrive early and on time.

    4. All athletes MUST obey all road signs, road rules and speed restrictions.

    5. All athletes MUST obey the direction of all and any Challenge the Mountain volunteers.

    Please share this post with your friends.

    We look forward to seeing you Sunday mornings.

    Programs written by: Professor Peter Reaburn - Author of "The Masters Athete" at http://www.mastersathlete.com.au

  • Aspiring Challengers

    Aspiring Challengers of the Mountain will have a mass start in the first race of the day. Cyclists will lead the way, closely followed by walkers/ runners then the teams. Children accompanied by an adult are encouraged to join in. All finishers will be able to download a certificate with their times. With around 60 minutes to get to the top, most moderately fit people can achieve this!


    No prize money will be awarded.

    Apparel may be purchased on registration website - closes 17th July.

    Sizing for apparel is available at Inferno Sports Wear on East St.

    Accomplished Challengers

    Broken up into Age Groups, these challengers will start after the Aspiring challengers. Cyclists having the benefit of a standing start, runners starting alongside a cyclist of the same age group. Runners one side, cyclists the other, these athletes will start approx. 15 secs apart. With under 60 minutes to get to the top, training is a must.

    All participants will receive free apparel as part of their entry fee - early bird entry only, closes 17th July! So get in early! We'd love you to wear these on the day!

    Sizing for apparel is available at Inferno Sports Wear on East St.

    With $300 to be won ($200 2nd, $100 3rd) all athletes have a chance to win some cash and associated "bragging rights".

    Elite Challengers

    Now for the "guns"!! Same format as accomplished, 15 seconds separating the athletes. Limited to 20 athletes per runner/ cyclist/ male/ female, be sure to get in early to secure your chance to win the title "King/ Queen of the Mountain" and to set the record-

    along with $1000 cash! Only athletes entering in the Elite section are eligible to claim these accolades!

    All participants will receive free apparel as part of their entry fee -  early bird entry only, closes 17th July! So get in early!

    Sizing for apparel is available at Inferno Sports Wear on East St.

    1st $1,000

    2nd $500

    3rd $300

    We'd love you to wear your CTM apparel!

    Kids!   U11 & U14

    New category this year! Under 11's starting 1km down from the finish line, under 14's starting at the saddle. All get the thrill of finishing on top of the mountain! Restricted to 20 per group - cyclists/ runners.

    Apparel may be purchased on registration website.

    Sizing for apparel is available at Inferno Sports Wear on East St.

    Every entrant in this category receives a finishers medallion and 4 Mission Laser Tag pass which can be used at Funzone on 47 Charles Street! (Note: This can be used between either 4 people at once to play together or used by 1 person to play 4 games.) 

    Sponsored by the local Funzone Entertainment Centre!


    Teams of five carrying a battle rope. All must stay attached at all times. Ropes are 15 metres long and weigh at least 10 kgs. At least one male and one female per team! What a way to share the pain! Superman shirts obviously help.......

  • Apparel!

    Cycling Jersey  and Running Singlet- available for purchase when registering. Free for early bird challengers (17th July cutoff)  in accomplished and elite categories.

    Please note:  Not final design - not all sponsors are displayed. Small changes may occur.

    Cycling Jersey - available for purchase when registering.
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  • Latest Information!

    Here you will find information from last years event, and progress reports on developments this year.

    Infrastructure development

    Water tank & Fountains 

    Finally, we have reached agreement with RRC and a water tank has been purchased for installation at the saddle! We are very hopeful it will be in full use by CTM 2016! The students of North Rockhampton High School have the task of painting the tank utilizing CTM branding.

    Also two water fountains are in the process of being installed - one near the seating at Pilbeam Drive turnoff ( this will be of benefit to all those walking Frenchville Rd) and a second one at the turnoff to the residents.

    Water Fountain

    Water tank & Fountains 

    Now installed - one at base of Pilbeam Drive and one at the corner of Pilbeam Drive and Elida St. Thanks to Challengers 2015!

  • Sponsors

    Please support our sponsors

    Rockhampton regional council

    Platinum Sponsor

    The Rockhampton Regional Council are again CTM's paramount sponsor in 2016. In addition to generous funding, the RRC with the tireless efforts of Councillor Neil Fisher have worked closely with the CTM committee to ensure the event is a resounding success. Our key objective of improving the recreational appeal of Mt Archer would not be possible without the active support of Neil and the council.

    Queensland Government

    Major Sponsor

    Qld Government's Sport and recreation department aim to ensure that Queenslanders lead active and healthy lifestyles through participation in physical activity. They do this by: 

    • engaging young people to encourage lifelong participation in physical activity
    • supporting a wide range of physical activities including sport, fitness and recreation-based activities
    • activating places and spaces for sport and recreation
    • building strong partnerships across government, the community and the commercial sector to boost participation in physical activity

    The CTM committee appreciate the support the Queensland government have provided in 2016.

    Hon. Bill Byrne MP

    Gold Sponsor

    State Member of Rockhampton - Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services. From the very first discussion on the possibility of an event like CTM, Bill has been a constant source of support - both as a mentor and financial.

    Rockhampton Building Approvals

    Gold Sponsor

    Rockhampton Building Approvals offer a high level service across a comprehensive range of professional services which include: Building Approvals, progress Inspections and Pre-Lodgement Advice.

    Frenchville Sports Club

    Gold Sponsor

    Frenchville Sports Club is one of Central Queensland's largest and well known community clubs, with a long, extensive and proud history of community involvement and contributions. The aim of the club's involvement is to provide financial opportunities. 

    Asset Training Australia

    Gold Sponsor

    Asset Training Australia is a private registered training organisation delivering quality training by experienced professionals right across the country. We offer a wide range of qualifications from Certificate II right up to the Graduate Diploma level through a variety of different delivery methods.


    Gold Sponsor

    EARTHTEC offers a broad range of civil construction & project management experience in road, rail, geotechnical, mining and coastal engineering projects to clients all around Australia and the Asia Pacific region including State Government Authorities, the Department of Defence and Local Government. EARTHTEC constantly evaluates and introduces new & emerging technologies to ensure our clients benefit from our experience & the World’s Best Practice.


    Gold Sponsor

    JRT Group provides a comprehensive civil contracting service, supported by maintenance capabilities as well as labour and equipment hire, and resource procurement. JRT are proudly based in Yeppoon, Central Queensland.

    Rock  - Bank

    Silver Sponsor

    Kelco Accountants

    Silver Sponsor

    Kelco Accountants enjoy a broad range of clients from all walks of life. Many years of experience in preparing Financial Statements & Income Returns, Accounting and Taxation services all types of entities, from sole traders to superannuation funds, both large and small. 

     Proprietor: Penny Kelly

    Capricorn Investment Partners

    Silver Sponsor

    Ever think that the world of business, personal financial planning and investment advice can be daunting and often confusing. It doesn't have to be, go and see one of our sponsors Capricorn Investment Partners for advice and guidance. Thanks Capricorn Investment Partners & the Pentad Group for being a local business once again supporting our local event

    Brittany Lauga MP

    Silver Sponsor

    In 2016 we once again have the support of Member for Keppel- Brittany Lauga. Thanks Brittany for getting behind this wonderful event and your community.

    Stanwell Power Station

    Silver Sponsor

    Stanwell Power Station has got onboard this event in their community for 2016. Thanks Stanwell for your support

    Giant Bike Shop - Rockhampton

    Silver Sponsor

    Our bike shop is located in Rockhampton and is dedicated to offering the highest quality, best value bicycles from the world's leading bicycle manufacturer. We build, test and provide professional back up service to every single Giant Bicycle that we sell.

    Big Colour Works

    Silver Sponsor

    Big Colour works are once again looking after all our printing needs. Check out the HUGE start & finish banners!  Thanks for making CTM look so good!


    Silver Sponsor

    Overlooking the Fitzroy River, this contemporary hotel is a 5-minute walk from the Pilbeam Theatre and Rockhampton Art Gallery, as well as 3.5 km from Rockhampton Golf Club.  Thank you for your continued support.

    Funzone and Laser Tag Centre

    Silver Sponsor

    Nearby Musgrave Street on 47 Charles Street, Funzone is the longest running Laser Tag Centre in Central Queensland (starting from 1994). With a wide variety of services such as hosting birthday parties, social club break-ups, exclusive hire outs and more. Aside from Laser Tag we also have Arcade machines. We cater to ages 4 and up. For more information visit our website. 

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