2014 Cabrini E.D. Cycle Challenge

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2014 Cabrini E.D. Cycle Challenge

Victorian Alps

Saturday 22 March, 2014 to Saturday 29 March, 2014

Welcome to the second annual bike ride raising money this year for the Cabrini Emergency Department. After a wonderful ride last year from Melbourne to Mt Kosciuszko, this year we take on the Victorian Alpine Region…

2014 Caribini E.D. Cycle Challenge

Date :
22 – 29 Mar 2014
Duration :
8 days, 7 nights.
8 actual ride days.
0 rest days.
Distance :
Ave. Daily :
Bike Type :
Road Bike recommended. Hybrid ok
Terrain :
Good roads with some nice big climbs
Group Size :
Accom  :
Quality Motels, Hotels & Cabins
Meals  :
All Breakfasts, Most Lunches, Morning & Afternoon Teas, Dinners
Difficulty Grading :
Price :
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  • Spectacular hill climbs and descents
  • Some exquisite accommodation
  • A short massage at day’s end
  • Magnificent scenery of the Victorian Alpine region
  • Falls Creek, Bright, Mount Beauty, Warburton
  • Milawa gourmet wine & food region
  • Excellent support and the best tour leaders in the business
  • Camaraderie of the Cabrini cyclists
The Cabrini Challenge 2014 is rated 7/10 which means it has a few big hills and a few days over the 100km mark. It’s beautiful. After the first class train to Bairnsdale you climb up into the Great Dividing Range, through lovely little country towns full of history. You meander your way past cliffs and crags, with fantastic views across farms, cattle and the rolling plains. Then it’s up to Falls Creek from the back, cycling across the skifields – now a made road in the summer season. The down is even better, well – easier, to classy Alpine cabins at Mount Beauty.

A few hills before Bright, then through vineyards to Milawa – the centre of great food and wine. You cycle through Kelly Country and past Powers Look-out, both named after local bushrangers from the late 1800’s. Mansfield is lively, so dine out and celebrate because tomorrow we visit Jamieson, home town of Simon Gerrans before rolling with the undulations around Eildon Weir. After cycling past the Cathedral Ranges you visit Marysville and the hills taking you up near the source of the Yarra River then to Warburton. The final push to Cabrini Hospital is entering Melbourne from the back way, through Eltham to be greeted with a rapturous roar as you cycle up to Cabrini Hospital for a celebration Barbeque. Congratulations!

We pride ourselves on organising adventurous, action-packed cycling holidays in interesting and scenic destinations and this fully supported eight-day ride from Bairnsdale to Cabrini Hospital Malvern fits the bill perfectly as it loops up through Victoria’s picturesque Alpine region. We organise everything that you will need for the duration of your time with us (food, accommodation, luggage transfer, bike mechanic, great company and so much more) so you can pedal away each morning without a worry in the world except which way to look to take in the amazing scenery. Phil and Susan’s expert preparation of the ride allows you to sit back and relax those weary legs at the end of each day, soak up the atmosphere and look forward to tomorrow.
We are happy to answer any other questions you may have

Feel free to contact us at any time through our website ‘Contact Us’ page, phone or email. We love what we do and want to get you on the best bike ride for you. Speak to us about what’s on your mind and we’ll help you make your decision.

Support bus availability

Our support bus is there to support the tour and also pick up riders who need to jump in for any reason. This vehicle can be quite popular on some days – especially long days or days with big hills! There is no shame in riding in this bus so if you are considering a tour but are not 100% sure if you will be up to it on the toughest day(s), just go for it – our vehicle and staff will be there to help out. It’s better to give it a try than to miss out all together. The bus is also sometimes used for part-time riders who only ride certain sections of each day – these are often partners of someone else on the ride.

Insurance – IMPORTANT

Obtaining appropriate insurance is your (very important) responsibility

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Some tips for AllTrails customers:

  • Choose the level of cover that is right for you, not just the price.
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Most Importantly:

  • Purchase your travel insurance once you have booked your tour and your travel. Don’t wait until just before you travel. Cover provided for cancellation expenses, whether it be for flights, accommodation or tour costs, is only active for insured events that happen after the issue date of a Policy. This applies to all products in the market. It stands to reason, i.e. you don’t get to insure your house or car after it has been damaged and expect that insurance will respond.

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IMPORTANT: Cyclist insurance for accidents & medical:

Cycling can be a dangerous activity and you must be prepared for the worst. You may have an accident in training for the tour or on the tour itself. Cyclist insurance can be bought separately, or it comes with cycling memberships such as Bicycle Network or Bicycle Queensland. This is different to Travel Insurance.



Getting to the start of the Rail Trail Tour (and back)

For those who want to get a lift from Melbourne you can book our optional extra transport to the ride start at Tallarook, then back again from Wangaratta to Melbourne at the end of the ride. The price includes your bike and luggage. Cyclists can also drive themselves to Tallarook and leave their car there for the weekend. At the end of the ride on Sunday, you can book our optional extra transport from Wangaratta to Tallarook and we will take you back to your car.

Bike type and rail trail riding surface

The primary riding surface for the first half of the tour is a really good, hard-packed gravel. It is best suited to Mountain Bikes though Hybrids are also fine – a Road Bike would be a struggle. The second half is even better – pretty much sealed bitumen all the way and suits all bike types.

Safe cycling on the Rail Trail?

One of the great things about this ride is the safety. Cycling always has risks, however on the rail trail there is no traffic to worry about, or cars overtaking you. You cycle on the rail trail for almost the entire distance with very minimal cycling on roads. There is very little chance of getting lost, you can cycle at your own pace with your friends two or even three abreast. If you do need support, our bus is never far away.

Training for the Rail Trail

You really need to be a reasonably fit person, however not necessarily a fast or a highly experienced ‘cyclist’. If you can sit on an average speed of 15-20 km/hr on a flat road, you will be fine. Try to build your distance in training to gradually ride about 40km a day for 2 days straight. Remember there is no rush with this ride, and there is always a backup vehicle not too far away.

Accommodation on the Autumn Rail Trails Tour

We pick the most welcoming and cycle-friendly properties for our tours. The Accom on this tour is a great range of quality motels from 3-4 star, with great locations and some interesting history. Alexandra: nice pool and lovely lawned area outside every room. Mansfield: the only 4-star property in town. Bright: Very unique European-chalet style accommodation. Beechworth: great location, 2 chef hat restaurant and the location of a famous Ned Kelly fight and other Kelly gang history.

Sharing rooms – how does it work?

On the online entry form you can nominate any travelling companions who you would like to share a room with and/or be accommodated close to so that couples or friends can be grouped together. This can be in a double bed or twin beds. If you are travelling alone like many of our riders, a Single Supplement price is available for those who would like their own room for the whole trip. On some tours you can also choose to ‘twin share’ where single riders are paired with other riders of the same gender (often changed during the tour to allow solo travellers to meet other solo travellers). On other tours you may need to put your name down on a Twin Share Request List and we will try to match you up. If you are a snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we ask that you book your own room at the Single Supplement price. If you are coming on your own and have booked in as twin share, this usually means that you will share a room with one other single twin share cyclist or crew member, however in some cases we may have larger rooms (eg. two bedroom apartment or a B&B/house with multiple bathrooms) where we may have 3 or more single twin share travellers together.

Travelling alone?

Not a problem! You’ll find other like-minded cycling companions taking part in our rides. If you’re a solo traveller we can pair you with other solo travellers of the same gender in twin share accom (early bookers only) or you can opt for Single Supplement (additional cost) to receive a room of your own.

Snorers can enjoy their own room

If you are a chronic snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we suggest booking your own room (single supplement cost). This is not just a courtesy to your fellow travelling companions, but will also give you the space & privacy you need to enjoy your sleep after a long day on the bike.

Carrying personal items on the bike

We suggest you carry a spare tube, a full water bottle and your own personal goods such as camera, wallet and rain gear, on your bike with you. We transport your luggage, drawstring day bags, food & extra water. A detailed list of what is required and provided will be sent to you in your pre-tour info pack.

Meals and food

Always a big part of any cycling holiday! Check tour details for meal inclusions on your ride. Our emphasis is on fresh food and balanced diet with plenty of carbohydrates, proteins, fruit and vegies catering for a cycling holiday. We successfully cater to most dietary requirements, however feel free to contact us with any questions. Most meals are included as part of our tours, however you may be required to purchase some meals. See the ‘Day to Day’ tab for more details, or click the ‘Download Itinerary’ button.

Non-riding partners and part-time cyclists

We realise that often our riders want to spend their holidays with loved ones who may not be as keen on the bike as they are themselves – we are happy to accommodate those non-riding partners and part-time riders who want to only ride part of each day, or only certain days. We will generally try to allocate pickup points along the route every day. The entry price will be the same for non-riders and part-time riders.


We have a great safety record, but accidents can happen. We have comprehensive First-Aid Kits with trained 1st aiders as tour guides and drivers, mobiles and a satellite phone for emergency calls and the locality of hospitals in the areas that we travel through. We also have vehicles that can take anyone injured or sick for further treatment. You can also help by immediately stopping or slowing on-coming traffic if a fellow cyclist does have a fall. Safety discussions are held throughout the tour as part of the daily briefings.

Bike hire for the Rail Trail

We do not have a fleet of hire bikes ourselves however we have a great contact who can provide hire bikes appropriate for the rail trail. Get in touch with us for more details or make a note on your booking form that you would like to hire.

Speak to a past client

We will be happy to give you the names and telephone numbers of people who have participated in the ride or a similar ride to the one which you are considering. Where possible we will provide you with the details of someone within your city or state.
Another good place to look is our ‘Testimonials’ page.

Group info session

Contact us if you would like to find out about booking an info session for your group of friends, or if you would like to find out about a travel talk happening near you in the future. Be inspired, hear from the experts, learn more about a destination and even book your tour on the night.

Changing or cancelling a tour

Should you wish to change your booking with AllTrails to a different tour, there will be a very reasonable service charge. We try to keep this figure as low as possible to allow flexibility where we can as we want to make sure that you get on the right tour for you. For cancellation and refund policies for your tour click the ‘T&Cs’ tab on the relevant tour page of our website.

If you need to cancel your tour, cancellation fees due to most unforeseen events will be covered under a travel insurance policy which is why we provide links to travel insurance options. We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for all our Australian rides at the time of deposit and ensure that it includes coverage for cancellation fees if for some reason you are not able to travel. For our international tours we require all participants to have Travel Insurance to assist you in the event of a medical emergency, lost baggage, personal liability, cancelled tour or any other trip related issues.

Packing tips

We recommend you bring a soft bag or backpack. We advise against bringing a suitcase as they are bulky, difficult to stow on board vehicles or trailers and heavy. You may be required to lift or carry your own luggage from time to time, e.g. into accommodation. We expect your bag to be no heavier than 15kg, making it easy to manage for you and the staff. Any excess luggage may need to be stored or forwarded on to your final destination at your own expense. Information about what to pack is included as part of your Pre-Departure information. Generally we advise that you pack as light as possible.

Airport transport to Southern Cross Station

The Skybus goes from Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport and goes to Southern Cross Station. You can take your bike on the Skybus and it also has free shuttles to CBD hotels.  More info at www.skybus.com.au.

Why book with us?

We only run approximately 10 tours per year. This makes every tour as special to us as it is to you because we are not repeating the same rides over and over again week-in week-out. Every tour is meticulously planned and we are just as excited to be there as you – there is no bulk production-line here! On most occasions the owner-operators of the business will be on tour with you looking after everyone on the ride.  The safety and confidence that comes with that is one of many great reasons to book your cycling holiday with us.
AllTrails is a proud Australian owned company with a great reputation in the bicycle tour industry. We have earned that reputation through hard work and dedication and we sincerely care about every person on every tour. Our large community of loyal AllTrails riders that keep coming back year after year are testament to the high standard of tours that we provide. We consider ourselves the best in the business and we always make sure that our tours represent great value at a fair price.