Your Questions Answered! Parliament to the Peak 2019
This FAQ document aims to answer every possible question you could have about Parliament to the Peak (P2P) 2019. If we’ve missed something, please get in touch with your question.
When is the event?
Thursday 28th February – Friday 1st March 2019
What time does it start?
The Parliament to the Peak (P2P) is a two- day event.
Start times are:
Canberra: Thursday 8.00am for a 9.00am start.
The lawn in front of Parliament House. Parade Ground
Cooma: Friday morning 8.30am for a 9.00am start
Cooma Visitors Centre, Centennial Park, Sharp St, Cooma
How many people will participate in this year’s event?
This is our inaugural P2P Ride, so participation will be limited to 50 cyclists.
How long does the ride take?
Approximately 6 hours on the road including rest stops
First stop: Michelago Rest Area. ETA approx. 1100am – 11.30am
Second stop: Cooma approx. 3.00pm. Overnight stop.
Approximately 6 hours including rest stops
First Stop: Whisk & Cocoa Bakery, Berridale – approx. 10.30 – 11.00am.
Second Stop: Banjo Patterson Park, Jindabyne 1.00 – 1.30pm (Lunch)
Finish Line: Thredbo Village 4.00 – 5.30pm
How do I register? When do registrations close?
Register here. Online registrations close at 12 pm on Wednesday 20th February 2019. Depending on numbers, event registrations can be closed earlier.
What are the costs? (Event registration and National Park entry)
Registration: $ 250.00 inc GST
Registration includes P2P participation, cycling jersey, rare cap, and Kosi Challenge registration
Participants are asked to commit to a minimum fundraising target of $2500.00.
Children under 18 not permitted
There are no entry costs for cyclists for the National Park. If you drive your car into the National Park you will be required to purchase a Parking Pass.
Cost is $17.00 per vehicle per day. You can purchase your pass at the Information Centre in Thredbo Village rather than queuing at the Entry Gate.
See website for further information.
Can I register on the day itself?
No, you must pre-register online here. Online registrations close at 12pm on Wednesday 20th February 2019. Depending on numbers, event registrations can be closed earlier.
What does my registration fee cover?
The registration fee covers administration, event insurance, associated fees and promotion, cycling jersey, rare cap, and Kosi Challenge registration.
What is the discount code I see when I register for the event online? Am I eligible?
From time to time, RCA may have a promotion for an event which may include a discount. If this is so, information on how to access the code and eligibility will be made available on our website. Currently, there is no promotion or discount available.
Where does my fundraising money go?
Funds raised go to Rare Cancers Australia Ltd (RCA), a charity whose purpose is to improve awareness, support and treatment of Australians with rare and less common (RLC) cancers.
Every year there are over 52,000 diagnoses of RLC Cancers and around 25,000 deaths. All funds raised in the 2019 Kosi Challenge will go to supporting our patient care team and their work with our rare cancer patients.
We thank you for your support.
How do I set up a fundraising page?
You will set up a fundraising page as part of your event registration. It is a simple process and can be done online very quickly. You can then share the link with everyone you know online. If you plan to be part of a team, you can join or create a team as part of your event registration. If you forgot to do this, you can always create or join a team via your fundraiser dashboard.
How much am I expected to raise?
As this is an exclusive event with limited participation we ask that participants commit to raising a minimum of $2500.00
Can I ride in the P2P without actively fundraising?
Unfortunately no as there are limited places available for this event.
Is there a prize for the biggest fundraiser?
We’d welcome the provision of a prize to incentivize our participants. If you would like to donate a prize please contact email@example.com
Is there a social gathering after the first day of the event?
There will be an informal gathering from 6pm for the P2P Peloton, family and friends at the Cooma Hotel.
The Cooma Hotel is a significant historical building built in 1862. It is situated on the corner of Massie and Vale Streets, Cooma NSW. The 150-year-old building has undergone a major renovation, keeping its historic beauty and restoring its original stonework and chimneys. At the same time internally, it has been brought into the 21st Century with ample space for everyone to relax and feel comfortable.
The bistro caters for over 70 people and has a fantastic menu. They always have 7 great specials all under $20.00. Drinks and dinner available (Note: cash or credit card payment to the hotel on the night).
Is there a social/networking gathering taking place after the event?
There will be a social gathering in the Schuss Bar at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel on Friday 1st March from 6 pm for those that would like to meet with the RCA team and other riders/climbers. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you intend to join us. Drinks and dinner available (Note: cash or credit card payment to the hotel on the night).
On The Day
Where is the meeting place for the start of the ride?
The Lawn in front of Parliament House
What should I wear/bring along
All riders need to manage their own nutrition.
All riders need to prepare for and be conscious of all-weather conditions as this is an alpine area.
Come prepared, get your bike serviced before the event, put on new tires, check your brakes, cables, chain, lube etc. Please do not arrive to the start with a bike that needs a full service.
Do I have to be really fit?
All riders are expected to sustain between 25kmh and 28kmh
Do we BYO lunch? Can we buy it?
You are welcome to bring your own nutrition but there are plenty of well-spaced allocated rest spots. On Day 1, the ride finishes in Cooma where there are numerous cafes, restaurants and pubs. There are plenty of cafes across the road from Banjo Patterson Park for lunch on Day 2.
Will there be water and toilet stops?
Water/Gatorade will be available at the designated stopping points so that participants can refill their drink bottles. There are toilets at each of the designated stops.
Can I buy a picture of myself or my team at the finish line?
A professional photographer has been engaged to photograph the whole event. Team photos can be purchased after the event. To organise a team photo please contact Randy at email@example.com
Do you provide sunscreen?
We will provide sunscreen. You need to provide your own medications and weather gear.
Getting there & Accommodation
How do I get there?
Click here for information on getting to Canberra from Sydney and Melbourne
Is there parking available near Parliament House?
Click here for parking options
What if I am late for the start? Is there a cut off?
Please refer to the registration and start times above. Ensure that you allow 60 minutes prior to your start time on Day 1. 30 minutes prior to the start time on Day 2.
Is the start line marked with branded flags?
The meeting point for all participants will be signed appropriately and clearly branded with Rare Cancers Australia banners.
What are my accommodation options?
Participants are advised to organise their own accommodation. Accommodation in Canberra can be difficult to obtain if it is a Parliamentary Sitting Week so participants are advised to secure their accommodation early.
There are various levels of accommodation in Cooma
Issues on the day
What happens if it’s raining?
The event will go ahead in light rain. If the conditions are deemed unsafe, the ride director will communicate with riders on a case by case basis
What if I get injured or sick?
Medical support will assess and make decisions based on your condition, There will be a fully trained medic at our event. If you injure yourself or someone in our group is injured please notify an event organizer to arrange assistance.
There is first aid care available in Thredbo and a medical service is located in Jindabyne. There is a hospital in Cooma (02) 6457 6254 or for emergencies dial 000.
What if I must cancel? Do I get a refund?
Cancellations occurring less than seven (7) days prior to an event will incur a 10 per cent administration fee. Cancellations made less than 72 hours prior to an event will forfeit full payment. Substitutes can be made at any time. See our full refund terms and conditions.
Is the event covered by insurance?
Yes RCA has public liability insurance for this event.
Click here for information regarding the 2019 Kosi Challenge.