Riding to turn type one into type none

The Type 1 Challenge was founded in 2017 by Alex Kozeniauskas whose aim was to ride 900km from Melbourne to the Barossa Valley, to participate in the JDRF One Ride.  Alex is a Melbourne-based engineer and an endurance athlete who was diagnosed with T1D in 1996. T1D is both a small and a large part of who Alex is, but it has never stopped him from living an active life: cyclist, triathlete, Ironman, and more recently, new dad! - couple his achievements with managing a chronic condition like T1D and you begin to see why Alex is such an inspiration to us.

Whilst the Type 1 Challenge has evolved from our original Melbourne to Barossa pilgrimage, the motivation remains unchanged: to raise funds and awareness for JDRF, to help fund life-changing research and the pursuit of a cure.

2020 will take us on a 6-day, 1000km loop from Melbourne; through the picturesque North East to the Victorian High Country, over Hotham to Omeo, through Gippsland via Lakes Entrance, and back to Melbourne; where we will celebrate the achievements of the week at the annual JDRF Gala Ball.

The Ride

  • Monday April 27 – Saturday May 2 2020
  • 1000km over six days
  • Departing from and returning to Melbourne
  • Stopping overnight in Bonnie Doon, Bright, Omeo, Lakes Entrance and Traralgon
  • Type 1 Challenge Rider numbers will be capped at 16.

What’s included

  • T1C cycling kit to be worn each day (2x jerseys and 1x gilet)
  • Five nights twin share accommodation (Monday to Friday)
  • 6 x lunch
  • 6 x dinner
  • Snacks, drinks, and morning tea each day
  • On-road support crew
  • Daily online album of images taken by our photographer
  • One ticket to the Melbourne JDRF Gala Ball

What’s not included

  • Cycling knicks / bib shorts.  Riders will be asked to wear plain black knicks.
  • Breakfasts (fresh milk will be provided)
  • Accommodation on Sunday night before the ride
  • Accommodation on Saturday night after the ride
  • Travel to and from Melbourne
  • Additional JDRF Gala tickets for family and friends (these can be purchased on your behalf – please contact type1challenge@gmail.com)

Fundraising/Rider Contribution

  • A non-refundable registration fee of $800
  • A minimum fundraising target of $4,000 (either individual donations or corporate sponsorship of the Type 1 Challenge kit – see below)
  • Fundraising Milestone #1: February 1st - $1,000
  • Fundraising Milestone #2: April 1st - $4,000


  • We encourage all participating riders to seek sponsorship to assist with achieving, and exceeding fundraising goals.
  • Businesses can be offered branding rights on the T1C riders’ kit, which will be allocated prominence correlating to the sponsorship investment.
  • Closing date for submissions will be advised.
  • Contact type1challenge@gmail.com for further information


  • We’ve developed a Training Guide to assist riders in their preparation for the ride.
  • We ask that all riders join the T1C Strava Club so we can see your riding and training. We’ll have a look at your riding on Strava to gauge your ability. It also creates a good team spirit amongst the group!
  • The peloton will ride at an average speed of 27km/h up to 30km/h, dependent on the terrain and conditions. Please be sure this is within your ability as this will ensure team safety and enjoyment. If you have any questions about the terrain and speed, feel free to contact us for a chat at type1challenge@gmail.com
  • It is intended that rolling turns at the front of the peloton will be supported by the whole group
  • Some group training rides will be facilitated in central locations.

Terms and Conditions

  • Please refer to the Terms and Conditions and Cancellation policy here



Bonnie Doon Bridge

Day 1

190km - Heading North-East out of Melbourne, climbing up through the Kinglake National Park; and heading to the serenity of Bonnie Doon.

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Day 2

195km - A quick coffee stop at Mansfield, before heading for the hills again; through the King Valley, and then meandering along the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail to Bright.

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Falls Creek

Day 3

135km – There are no easy days on the Type 1 Challenge...our shortest day kilometre-wise; but after a short roll out we’ll ride Tawonga Gap, have a coffee at Mount Beauty before we take on Falls Creek, stopping at the summit for lunch, and tackle the technical descent down to Omeo.

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Lakes Entrance

Day 4

145km – A few lumpy bits as we roll down through the valley following the Tambo River, into the Lakes Country and our overnight stop in Lakes Entrance.

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Macalister River, Maffra

Day 5

180km – Winding our way across East Gippsland, we’ll take on a few rollers and lumps, visiting a few of the townships en route before stopping for our last night in Traralgon.

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JDRF Melbourne Gala

Day 6

165km – We’ll start the morning early; heading across Gippsland back to Melbourne, and our arrival at Brighton Yacht Club on Saturday afternoon; before attending the JDRF Gala Ball on Saturday night to celebrate our achievements!

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