Cycle Queensland 2015 AllTrails Luxury Package

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Cycle Queensland 2015 AllTrails Luxury Package

Darling Downs Loop (Toowoomba)

Saturday 05 September, 2015 to Sunday 13 September, 2015

What is the AllTrails Luxury Package all about? We are there to support your personal challenge and endeavour on the ride. We make it as easy for you as possible with…

  • Accom & Breakfast: Quality accommodation to help you rest easy after your day’s ride, and a hearty breakfast in the morning.
  • CQ Made Easy: For those who prefer not to camp with the crowds or brave the weather for 9 days.
  • Luggage Transfer: Directly between motels each day. Carefully handled in of our vehicles. No extra charge.
  • Massage: Trained massage therapists after the day’s ride to work on those tired legs to get you ready for the next day. Included.
  • Private Bike Mechanic: Not just for repairs! Tune-ups, bike-fittings, hints and tips about your cycling and your bicycle. No charge for general servicing.
  • Small Group Intimacy: All the benefits of the big event, but still part of an intimate group. Many of our riders have made friends for life on these rides.
  • Good Old Fashioned Service: Ben and the crew really do look after you! That’s why 75% of places each year are taken by past clients.

BONUSMates Rates Group Discounts. Group discounts for 3 or more cyclists.

Cycle Queensland Bike Ride 2015
AllTrails Luxury Package
Darling Downs Loop (Toowoomba)
Dates:
5-13 September 2015
Duration:
9 days, 8 nights.
8 actual ride days. 1 rest day.
Distance:
567 km
Ave. Daily:
71 km
Bike Type:
Road Bike, Mountain Bike, Hybrid
Terrain:
The ride is relatively flat, with a few undulating sections. A route profile will be available in early 2015
Group Size:
25
Accom.:
Quality motels, hotels, BnBs
Meals:
Daily cyclist-sized breakfasts and afternoon tea
(lunch/dinner included in event fee)
Price:
$2290 twin share
Deposit:
$400

Be quick – nearly sold out!

Pedal away from the every day – The Cycle Queensland Bike Ride in 2015 provides a cycling itinerary will take you through the spectacular Darling Downs region starting and finishing in the beautiful garden city of Toowoomba. Enjoy quiet country roads that cross the landscape through golden fields of grain as you ride to Allora, Warwick (Rest Day), Leyburn, Millmerran, Dalby and Goombungee. Combine this with our luxury package of massage, accommodation, support, afternoon tea, bike mechanic, great friendships and comfy beds and you’ve got the recipe for an unforgettable week of riding.

About Us: Our luxury package has been operating successfully since 2004 and our cyclists say that they are getting better every year. These accommodation packages run alongside the annual State Cycling Bodies’ large participation rides such as the Great Vic Bike Ride and Cycle Queensland Ride. On these cycling holidays there could be anywhere from a thousand to a few thousand riders who camp every night over the week. For those who do not want to camp and carry their luggage, we organise this luxury support and accom package that becomes a ‘ride within a ride’ and it won’t take long for you to mix in with a great group of people to enjoy your week with.

Our Relationship with Bicycle Queensland: We are proud of our history in partnering with Bicycle Queensland on this Cycle Queensland ride and we are pleased to be the official provider of the ‘Luxury Package’ option where we source some great accommodation (close to the campsites wherever possible) and provide a nice comfy bed, luggage transfer, massage therapist and bike mechanic to make your ride that extra bit easier and enjoyable. It also takes the weather out of the equation to a large degree for the week long ride.

Cycle Queensland Ride: Cycle Queensland is all about having fun – both on and off your bike! You don’t need to worry about cooking meals, transporting luggage or navigating from town to town because all your needs are taken care of. You will find all levels of riding ability on this tour from experienced riders, to the part-timers, to the first-timers, to the families and everything in between. If this sounds like you then check out the Bicycle Queensland website here and, of course, if you prefer to recover with a massage and a bed rather than pitching a tent and dealing with the elements, then that is where we step in…

We carry your luggage door to door, arrange the motels, transport you back to the event campsite for evening meals and entertainment, massage those legs and keep your bike rolling. We are here to make your week as easy and enjoyable as possible. So make your booking for our Cycle Queensland Luxury Support and Accom Package now via the ‘Book this Ride’ button above.

Note that you also need to book separately for the CQ ride on the Bicycle Queensland website (additional cost).

AllTrails cyclists sit down for a group dinner on the Bicycle QLD ride:

AllTrails Cycle QLD Bike Ride

Motels, Massage & Luggage Transfer

Wake up every morning in a nice comfortable bed, enjoy breakfast in your motel before heading out on the day’s ride. Ben and the AllTrails crew will transfer your luggage directly from your motel to your next motel or BnB. After you have completed your day’s challenge on the Cycle Queensland Bike Ride, relax upon arrival at your motel, enjoy afternoon tea and the services of our massage therapist then perhaps have our bike mechanic look over your bike for a few tips or minor adjustments that you could make to improve your ride.

All of these services are part of this total luxury support package, not to mention the social interaction and camaraderie that is always a highlight for those on our packages. In the evening our bus will take you to and from the nightly dinner and entertainment at the event campsite, or we may organise a group dinner, or you may wish to lash out in style and have a meal at the motel or a local restaurant with new friends. Off to bed for a great night sleep before doing it all again tomorrow.

Meal and accom inclusions noted as B, L, D, A (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accom)

Toowoomba -- NA -- Fri 4 Sep 2015 -- - - - -
Pre tour. If you plan on arriving in Toowoomba a day early, let us know and we can book you an extra night of accommodation. Long term car parking in Toowoomba is arranged by Bicycle Queensland and can be booked when you enter the event. The cost is $80.
Toowoomba loop ride -- 72km -- Sat 5 Sep 2015 -- - - - A
Nicknamed The Garden City, Toowoomba is renowned for its riot of colour in spring and has over 150 public parks and gardens for residents to enjoy the outdoors. As the 16th largest city in Australia, Toowoomba is situated to the west of Brisbane, on the crest of the Great Dividing Range. At around 700 metres (2,300 ft) above sea level, the city overlooks Table Top Mountain and the Lockyer Valley. There are over fifty historic sites on the Queensland Heritage Register within the city. The flowers will be in full bloom during Cycle Queensland 2015 in preparation for the Carnival of Flowers being held from 19-28 September. Tonight we have a great motel close to town in Toowoomba.
Toowoomba to Allora -- 78km -- Sun 6 Sep 2015 -- B - - A
Allora is known as the ‘best little town on the Downs’ with a relaxed country town feel. A farming community with a population of less than 1000 people, it is the perfect overnight stop with great country pubs, historic attractions and wide, open streets to wander. Allora’s most famous resident is P.L. Travers (author of Mary Poppins) who spent part of her childhood in this town and whose childhood home there is recreated in the recent movie Saving Mr. Banks. Allora was expected to be a major centre in the Darling Downs, until the Toowoomba-Warwick railway bypassed the town. It is still considered a service centre for the agriculturally rich surrounding districts. Allora is a very small town with no large motels so we will be spreading ourselves throughout the town in a number of B&B’s and cottages.
Allora to Warwick -- 93km -- Mon 7 Sep 2015 -- B - - A
Historic Warwick is situated on the Condamine River, south of Toowoomba. Known as the Rose and Rodeo Capital, it has a population of over 13,000 people. A notable event in the town’s history is the ‘Warwick event’ which led to the formation of the Australian Commonwealth Police in 1917. Warwick hosts the Rose & Rodeo Festival each year in October. Our accom in Warwick is the only 4 star motel in town and sits in a great central location with everything you need for a relaxing day off tomorrow.
Warwick REST DAY -- NA -- Tue 8 Sep 2015 -- B - - A
The rest day is your chance to see everything that Warwick has to offer. You are able to explore the city on foot or you can jump on your bike and tour the town. We will have massage available for a few hours in the morning, then have an optional afternoon bus tour up to Cunninghams Gap . There are also lots of activities and things to do at the event campsite to fill in your day.
Warwick to Leyburn -- 68km -- Wed 9 Sep 2015 -- B - D A
Leyburn was named in the 1840s and is derived from the market town of Leyburn in Yorkshire, UK. With only 416 residents, the population swells for the annual motor sports celebration called the Leyburn Historic Motor Sprints which is a commemoration of the 1949 Australian Grand Prix held on an abandoned WWII airstrip. The most well known landmark in Leyburn is the Royal Hotel. It was formerly owned by rugby league star Shane Webcke and is Queensland’s oldest continually licensed pub. Leyburn is a small town without enough accommodation for of our group so we will be driving cyclists to the next major town.
Leyburn to Millmerran -- 48km -- Thu 10 Sep 2015 -- B - - A
Millmerran is a prosperous rural town near the Condamine and Macintyre catchments. The town’s name is believed to be derived from two words – ‘meel’ meaning ‘eye’ and ‘merran’ meaning ‘to look out’ which relates to its lookout that was used by the local Aboriginal community prior to the European settlement. Millmerran locals work hard to retain its history and maintain many murals throughout the town which depict their historical characters. Their major tourist event is the biennial Australian Camp Oven Festival. Millmerran is a small town that will not hold all of our group so we will be doing a bus transfer for some cyclists to the next major town.
Millmerran to Dalby -- 90km -- Fri 11 Sep 2015 -- B - - A
Dalby was founded in the early 1840s and has a rapidly growing population of 9,778. Dalby and the surrounding Western Downs region is at the centre of rich coal and natural gas reserves which underpin the power generation industry for South East Queensland. The region is renowned as a rich agricultural area, with the largest grain receival depot in Queensland and the largest one day livestock market in Australia. The Myall Creek walk is popular with bird watchers and Thomas Jack Park is perfect for a picnic. In March each year, townsfolk celebrate Dalby Cotton Week. We have a great motel in Dalby for our accommodation tonight.
Dalby to Goombungee -- 78km -- Sat 12 Sep 2015 -- B - - A
Goombungee is located north west of Toowoomba and has a small population of 717 people. It is the oldest town in the former Rosalie shire and its streets are lined with Jacarandas and Silky Oaks which provide a spectacular display in late spring. The Pioneer Arms Hotel was established in 1897 and still serves hearty country fare. It has earned the title of Rural Iron Man Country, hosting the Goombungee Ironman and Ironwoman Competition each year on Australia Day. Goombungee is a small town with no accommodation options for us so we will be doing a bus transfer for our cyclists to the next town of Crows Nest.
Goombungee to Toowoomba -- 40km -- Sun 13 Sep 2015 -- B - - -
The home stretch! Enjoy the short ride today and congratulations on your ride.

Be quick – nearly sold out!

Included

  • Great accommodation
  • Daily cyclist-sized breakfasts
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Afternoon teas
  • Bus transfers to/ from motel to event campsite where required
  • Group dinner
  • Massage therapists (10 minute massages 3-4 times during the week)
  • Bike mechanic

Note that your Cycle Queensland ride fee is NOT included. You need to also book in with Bicycle Queensland to take part in our package.

We really look after you as much as we can to make your cycling holiday that much more enjoyable. It is also great for our riders to be part of a ‘ride within a ride’ where even though you are part of a large-participation bicycle tour, you are also part of the smaller AllTrails family and get the chance to really get to know a great group of like-minded people. These packages are popular for good reason…

Our 8 night package gives you accommodation on every night of the ride, a complimentary group dinner and all inclusions above.

Our 3 night package is for days 1-4 (see ‘day to day’ tab) which is designed for the shorter ride option offered by Bicycle Queensland but can also be taken by those on the full ride who want to upgrade just the first part of their ride to a camping/accom combination. All inclusions as per the day to day tab.

Our 5 night package is for days 4-9 (see ‘day to day’ tab) which is designed for the other short ride option offered by Bicycle Queensland but can also be taken by those on the full ride who want to upgrade just the last part of their ride to a camping/accom combination. All inclusions as per the day to day tab.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE:

Deposit ($400)
Progress Payment 30 days after deposit (adding up to 40% of your total package)
Balance 5 July 2015
Package
Book after
July 5
8 night package
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (double bed or two beds) 
$2290
8 night package
SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room) 
$2970
First 3 nights package
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (double bed or two beds) 
$910
First 3 nights package
SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room) 
$1165
Last 5 nights package 
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (double bed or two beds) 
$1480
Last 5 nights package 
SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room) 
$1905
Early bookers travelling on their own can book a twin share package and we will try to partner you up with somebody else of the same gender travelling on their own. This twin share offer closes 2 months before tour departure (5 July). After this date contact us to see if we can match you, if not you will need to book a single room.

Optional Extras

Pre tour accom & bfast Toowoomba. Thu 3 Sep.
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (double bed or two beds)
***Companions price only. No twin share matching on this night***
$120 pp 
Pre tour accom & bfast Toowoomba. Thu 3 Sep.
SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room)
$195
Pre tour accom & bfast Toowoomba. Fri 4 Sep.
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (double bed or two beds)
$120 pp 
Pre tour accom & bfast Toowoomba. Fri 4 Sep.
SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room)
$195
AllTrails Coach Transfer Brisbane Airport to Toowoomba start of ride.
Thu 3 Sep only. Afternoon (exact time TBA). Cyclist and bike. Approx 2 hrs.
$50
AllTrails Coach Transfer Toowoomba end of ride to Brisbane Airport.
Sun 13 Sep only. Depart approx 12-1pm. Cyclist and bike. Approx 2 hrs.
$50
AllTrails t-shirt. Good quality – subsidised significantly by AllTrails.
$20
Famous Orange AllTrails Cycling Jersey – subsidised significantly by AllTrails.
$35
Hard Case Bike Box Carriage $10/day
$80
Soft Bike Bag Carriage $3/day
$24
Early bookers travelling on their own can book a twin share pre tour accom room on Fri 4 Sep and we will try to partner you up with somebody else of the same gender travelling on their own. This twin share offer closes 2 months before tour departure (8 August). After this date contact us to see if we can match you, if not you will need to book a single room.
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.

Insurance – IMPORTANT

Obtaining appropriate insurance is your (very important) responsibility – even if you live in Australia.
*** Travel Insurance for lost deposits and cancellations ***
travelinsurancedirect.com.au/
travelinsurancecover.com.au/
Lost deposits: We very strongly recommend you take out travel insurance for your trip – even if you live in Australia. This should include cover for cancellation fees, lost deposits, and stolen or lost luggage. We cannot emphasise enough how important this is. There are many unforeseen reasons why cyclists may need to withdraw from a ride – injury, health or other. Cancellation fees can be a major financial loss to you and as a small business we need to adhere to our cancellation policies. Please go to the ride page on our website for your ride and click the ‘Terms & Conditions’ button to see the ride’s cancel policy (note that most travel insurance policies will not include your bike as luggage so that may need to be covered under your home contents insurance or under a specialist bike insurance).
Travel Insurance: Domestic travel insurance cover tends to be significantly cheaper than international cover (approx $50 for one week). Above are two websites that offer both international and domestic travel insurance that you can look at. You can also speak to your local travel agent, or often airline booking websites will offer travel insurance as an optional extra as you book your flight.
*** Cyclist insurance for accidents & medical ***
bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/membership/
bq.org.au/join-us/member-benefits/
This is also very strongly recommended. We cannot emphasise enough how important this is. Cycling can be a dangerous activity and you must be prepared for the worst. You may have an accident in training for the ride, on the ride itself, or cycling down to the corner store. If you are a cyclist coming on our tour you should be 100% prepared for the unexpected.
Cyclist insurance can be bought separately, or it comes with cycling memberships such as Bicycle Network or Bicycle Queensland. If you are involved in a crash or collision they will support you with personal injury costs, loss of income, third party liability insurance, assistance in completing your claim paper work & free legal consultation.

Sharing rooms – how does it work?

On the online entry form you can nominate any travelling companions that 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 in twin beds. If you are travelling alone like many of our riders, Single Supplement 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 and changed at each accommodation to create interest in sharing rooms. 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 suggest booking your own room. 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 traveller, 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 4 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.

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

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.
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.

What sorts of people join our rides?

People from all parts of Australia and overseas.  Ages generally range from 30 – 70 with the average age about 50 years old. Adventurous cyclists usually about 40% women & 60% men with a mix of singles, friends and couples.

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.

Bike type – which is best?

A comfortable racing bike, road bike or touring bike with a good seat and road tyres with slick or near-slick tread. A hybrid or mountain bike is also possible if you are comfortable riding the daily distances and average speed of the tour, however these bikes can be around 20% slower than a road bike. Ask us for the ‘Training Tips’ document for this ride to get an idea of distances and speeds you need to train for.

Accommodation on the support package

We try to obtain the best accommodation in the best location for you to rest your weary head (and legs) in each town whether it be a motel, hotel, resort, B and B, cabins or similar. We choose the best and most welcoming motel for cyclists and our tour group needs, usually 3½ – 4 star, or perhaps 3 star on occasions when we travel through some very small towns and villages where accommodation is extremely limited. Accommodation is in same town as the main ride campsite, otherwise in the nearest town where accommodation is available. If for whatever reason, such as limited options, the accommodation one night is below normal standard, we strive to improve this with an extra good room the next night or nights following.
If you are coming on your own and have booked in as twin share, this usually means that you will share with one other single twin share traveller, however in some cases we may have larger rooms (eg. two bedroom apartment or B&B with multiple bathrooms) where we may have 3 or 4 single twin share travellers together.

Luggage transfer and day packs

We suggest you carry your own personal goods, like camera, wallet, perhaps rain gear if it’s threatening. We carry your main luggage to your accommodation each morning once you have departed. Our vehicles are not allowed on the event cycle route so you will not have access to your luggage during the day so you will need to take everything that you need for the day with you in the morning. Your luggage will be available to you once you check into your accommodation or shortly after.

Bike Hire

We do not have a fleet of our own hire bikes however we can usually help you out with organising bike hire through our local contacts near our office in Melbourne, or closer to a ride departure location. When you make your booking just let us know that you would also like to hire a bike and we will get the ball rolling for you and put you in touch with the right people where possible. You can also bring your own seat and/or pedals to give you that little bit of ‘home comfort’.

Getting to your motel after the day’s ride

Cyclists will be given specific maps, detailing where their overnight motel is situated and how best to ride there from the finish. In the case that your accommodation is not nearby the finish you have the option to leave your bike in our AllTrails compound near front gate of the campsite. We will take you to motel, bring you back for dinner at the campsite if you wish and return you to motel then bring you back to collect your bike the next morning.

Bike Security

If your accommodation isn’t near the day’s ride finish point, AllTrails will set up a compound with a storage rack at the main entrance gate to the camping area. Although security guards are present all night, we suggest you carry a lock as your bike is your responsibility. From the compound we will transfer you to your motel and back.

Luggage delivery

After breakfast, your luggage will be collected from your motel and delivered to your next allocated motel.  It will be left in the foyer or safe storage area and this is usually where you will leave it again in the morning for collection. Day Sheets will have collection times stated for each day.

Massage therapist on the AllTrails package

The massage therapist is complimentary and will be available most afternoons. To be fair to everyone, we have limited the massage time to ten minutes for each person which allows most people a massage on most days – it is not designed to provide a massage every day to every person. We ask that riders be fair and share this luxury around, allowing the late arrivals to get their fair share of massage time. In some towns where we are using three or four motels, the massage therapist will usually be at the motel where the most cyclists are accommodated – massage locations will be listed in your Day Sheets. Bookings can only be made on the day after your arrival at the motel by writing your name in an available 10-minute time slot. We try to allow everyone 4-5 massages during the week, sometimes more. Names will be ticked off, but please speak up if you are somehow missing out.

Training for the bike ride

The great thing about going on a mass ride such as this one is that there are many cyclists with a wide range of abilities and fitness levels. You can pretty much go at your own pace and enjoy the ride at your own speed. More details on training and preparation are on the ride event website.

Evening meals at the main ride campsite

You can choose to have your evening meal at the main ride campsite/HQ, your motel, a local restaurant, hotel or wherever. If you wish, our bus will pick up motel cyclists around 5-6pm to take them to the campsite for dinner and return to motels usually at 8pm. Special times will be arranged for motels that may be further out – your Day Sheets will have specific information for each individual day.

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.

Full terms and conditions for each ride are available via our booking system (directions to find them are below). These terms and conditions will also be sent to you with your confirmation email after booking.

To find the terms & conditions of this ride:

  • Click any ‘Book This Ride’ button on this webpage such as the one below (right click ‘open in new tab’)
  • Under the calendar click ‘Confirm availability’ (don’t worry about what package is selected)
  • Click ‘book now’ under the date of the ride start (highlighted orange)
  • Click the ‘Skip’ button at the bottom of the optional extras page
  • Scroll to the bottom of the questions page and click ‘terms and conditions’ hyperlink