Daylesford Melbourne Cup F.O.R. Day Wknd 2017

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Daylesford Melbourne Cup F.O.R. Day Wknd 2017

Saddle up for 4 days of cycling

Saturday 04 November, 2017 to Tuesday 07 November, 2017

ebike cycle tourDaylesford – picturesque, gourmet, rustic, spa country!

(Friends Or Riders) F.O.R. Day Weekend

Cycling widows and widowers, neglected friends and family – lend me your ears! Rise against this cycling folly and join AllTrails on our luxurious “Friends Or Riders F.O.R. Day Cup Weekend”! Let the riders have their romp around this stunning area of the Victorian central highlands while you are pampered at the Bathhouse, enjoy a beautiful European farm-lunch, take the hiking trail to Hepburn, meander along the bike path between Hepburn Springs and Daylesford, wander the famously eclectic collection of shops and markets, walk around the lake (or row a boat!), visit the Convent Gallery & Gardens or the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens. There is so much to do here.

Oh, and for the riders, we have something for you too: four days of absolutely spectacular cycling around four distinctly different routes in and out of Daylesford. The cycling terrain is challenging enough for those who want to push themselves, but we also cater for those who only want to ride partial distances, or do not want to ride every day. We can take you up the big hills or give you a head start to make the day’s ride easier. And if your legs get weary, you can always cross itineraries and spend time with your partner, family, or friends on the non-rider program.

This is cycling without the logistical headaches – we organise everything that you will need for the duration of the tour including four great cycling loop rides starting and finishing in Daylesford, route maps, morning teas, snacks and lunches on the road, safety and support vehicles, bike mechanical support, great accommodation, most meals, Hepburn Springs Spa entry, unmatched camaraderie and even a massage therapist after the ride on one day. You can pedal away each morning knowing that you are being looked after by the best tour company in the business and all you need to do is decide which way to look to enjoy the scenery of this magnificent part of the world.

This is an ideal ride if you are a cyclist travelling on your own, if you want to bring a friend, or if you are the partner, friend, or family of a keen cyclist. You decide what you want to do; ride, join the non-rider itinerary, take up other suggested activities, do your own thing or do nothing at all – it’s completely up to you.

This AllTrails ride featured in The Age Traveller. Click to view Age Traveller article

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

 

Why AllTrails?

Experts:

No short-cuts! Our extensive preparation and organisation creates the best tours for our clients.

Service:

Our owners are usually on tour with you. AllTrails is renowned for good old fashioned service.

Quality:

From great accom & meals, to the quality ingredients in our famous home-made muffins and biscuits.

Support:

Our support vehicle is never far away if you need a pick-up or mechanical assistance. Our crew are the best.

Camaraderie:

AllTrails cyclists are famous for fun, positivity and support. We are proud of the AllTrails community.

 

The tour at a glance

Date :

4–7 Nov 2017

Duration :

4 days, 3 nights
4 ride days 
Optional rest days (any day)
Plus optional pre tour accom (Fri)

Distance :

274km

Ave. Daily :

68km

Bike Type :

Road or hybrid bike

Terrain :

Bitumen roads. Undulating & a few hills.

Group Size :

10-20

Accom  :

Beautiful heritage listed property in central Daylesford

Meals  :

3 bfast, 4 lunch, 2 dinners
morn tea & snacks on road

Difficulty Grading :

6.5/10

Deposit :

$ 400

Highlights

  • Excellent central Daylesford accom
  • Silver Streak Champagne Train (day 1)
  • Lavandula European farm lunch (non-riders day 2)
  • Massage therapist (cyclists day 2)
  • Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa entry (day 3)
  • Four great rides through beautiful landscapes
  • Gourmet local produce and great wines
  • Quaint villages & modern rustic townships
  • Goldfields region cultural heritage
  • Stunningly picturesque scenery
“We all had a great time [in Daylesford]. The organisation, routes, post-cycling activities and the support team was fantastic. My friends are so pleased that I suggested that they come on the tour with us… we are happy to endorse your organisation as very professional, easy to deal with, reliable and a pleasure to be with – good people. What we also enjoyed was the company of the other riders. Phil is right when he says that cyclists are usually of a certain type and they can be relied on to be good company.” John (VIC)

“thoroughly enjoyable break from work and nothing better than exploring the lovely countryside around Daylesford , perfectly briefed, well fed, great mechanic tips & good company. Thanks everyone.” Colin W (NSW)

“Loved the whole thing…great hosts. Made new friends, some of whom I will see again on the Great Vic Bike Ride.” Helen G (VIC)

“What a great ride, lots of challenges and fun. You thoroughly spoilt us and the lunch breaks each day were something to look forward to. Hope to do this again next year!” Carol H (VIC)

To get a better idea of what we do, check out our Great Ocean Road video below:

Day to Day

Imagine waking up in the early daylight and looking around a comfortable motel room and wondering where you are. It’s Daylesford – one of Victoria’s premier tourist destinations, and for good reason. You are excited to get up and start another day in the AllTrails 4-day Daylesford Melbourne Cup Long Weekend cycle tour where you get to explore and experience the best of the Daylesford region in the best way possible – by bike.

The long weekend is made up of four distinctly different loop rides with support vehicles and the famously supportive AllTrails staff travelling with you each day to look after and guide you through the day. Food breaks, morning tea, lunch and afternoon snack are set times enabling all riders to plan their day and the amount of time required to enjoy the sights and attractions along the way. Lunch is a great time to relax, refuel your body and chat to your friends, be it in a local bakery, a country pub or a picnic down by a lake. Cyclists move off knowing the distance and terrain ahead to the next meeting point, with cycling completed by mid afternoon each day.

Your accommodation is excellent – you arrive back at the hotel and enjoy a cuppa and snack, and a shower or soak in the bath. Explore the surroundings, go for a walk, share a cool drink with friends or simply relax. It is your life, it’s your ride, enjoy it.

A briefing for all cyclists at 6pm before the evening meal is always interesting, finding out what happened that day, and a run down on the sights and special attractions to look out for the next day. Lots of laughs and stories are shared before we settle down to a good healthy meal and a few drinks. Bedtime is not far away, where you put your head down remembering the day and dreaming of tomorrow.

The camaraderie developed on a bike ride like this lasts a lifetime.

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

Optional pre tour accom Daylesford -- NA -- Fri 3 Nov 2017 --
Pre tour Day.

Today we will be taking a bus up to Daylesford, departing Melbourne CBD at noon, picking up at Tullamarine Airport at 12:20pm. You are welcome to join us on our bus (optional extra), or drive up to Daylesford yourself later today or tomorrow morning. Accom tonight is an optional extra.

Daylesford, Creswick, Daylesford -- 70km -- Sat 4 Nov 2017 -- L D A
Day 1.

If you stayed in our pre-tour accom last night your breakfast is included this morning at the motel. Enjoy a relaxed start to the day as we wait for any morning arrivals and get everyone set up on their bikes ready to begin your weekend.

After a final briefing at 9:30am, we will head off on our first ride at 10:00am which takes you through spectacular scenery with exhilarating descents and open pastures to Creswick, one of Victoria’s most authentic towns where we stop for a beautiful lunch at the local cafe. This day’s loop returns through dairy country back to Daylesford, where we will be for the next three nights.

Today is a great day for non-riders to go out and explore this magical location; the shops here are well-known for their interesting mix of vintage collectibles, stylish homewares and great art, there are galleries and gardens to discover, plenty of cafes to critique, a beautiful hiking track between Daylesford and Hepburn, as well as a separate cycle path between the towns if you want to hop on a bike (we can arrange a bike for you).

Daylesford town itself still holds the charm of the great gold mining town that it became in the 1800’s, with grand buildings like the Post Office and Town Hall. The old mine is today a beautiful lake and the surrounding mineral springs are comfortable baths to soothe tired legs.

Tonight we start the weekend off with a bang as we board the Silver Streak Champagne Train, a 1970s Diesel Rail Car operated by the Daylesford Spa Country Railway,  including delicious finger food, drinks of your choice and live music (included).

Daylesford, Trentham, Tylden, Glenlyon, Daylesford -- 68km -- Sun 5 Nov 2017 -- B L - A
Day 2:

Today the cyclists will head East, with a few small climbs through forest and grazing land, visiting Trentham and the lovely railway station. We have lunch in the beautiful hamlet of Glenlyon, known for its General Store (the hub of the community) and its main street of old European trees that lend an ‘Englishness’ to the village and provide a cooling canopy in the heat of summer. After lunch we return through small villages to Daylesford where you will enjoy a massage (included) to reinvigorate before another great day of cycling ahead of us tomorrow.

We have a very special lunch arranged today for the non-riders in the group as you will visit the enchanting Lavandula La Trattoria, a farm cafe specialising in European-style cuisine using the best of the local seasonal produce.

Everyone will meet back at the hotel in the afternoon where we will give everyone plenty of ideas and suggestions for dinner tonight which is at your own choice and expense. Your evening is free to explore the town.

Daylesford, Hepburn Regional Park, Daylesford -- 76km -- Mon 6 Nov 2017 -- B L D A
Day 3:

Today we cycle past old hotels and alpaca farms along quiet bitumen roads to Newstead, a quaint little town beside the Loddon River. If you like, visit the Cricket Museum where willow cricket bats are manufactured.

After lunch you will push on to the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa where you will meet the non-riders (entry for all is included in the package price). Here you can spoil yourself in the warm therapeutic waters of the bathing pool or splash out on a massage or pamper package, available at additional cost.

Once rested and wonderfully relaxed we will transport you and your bike the last 5 kms of uphill back to the open fire at our accommodation before our final briefing and group dinner.

Daylesford, Spargo Creek, Blampied, Daylesford -- 59km -- Tue 7 Nov 2017 -- B L - -
Day 4:

Today we head south on beautiful quiet back-roads past dairy farms, potato farms and rolling countryside which add interest to this peaceful cruise through the verdant wonderlands of this part of central Victoria.

Non-riders can try to tick off the last few activities on their ‘to-do’ list before the cyclists return with plenty of time to enjoy one last group lunch together. On the way back to Melbourne our bus will pull into a pub and cheer on the participants in ‘The Race That Stops The Nation’ as they run around Flemington Racecourse, not too far from us. Join us in the Australian tradition of a Melbourne Cup sweepstake after a brilliant weekend full of fun, new memories and, of course, new friends. We will do a drop-off at Melbourne airport just after 4pm and in the CBD if required after that.

Congratulations – what a ride!

Pricing

Included:

  • 4 days of magnificent cycling
  • 3 nights in beautiful, central Daylesford accom
  • Silver Streak Champagne Train (day 1)
  • Lavandula European farm lunch (non-riders day 2)
  • Massage therapist (cyclists day 2)
  • Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa entry (day 3)
  • Meals – 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Daily morning teas & snacks on the road
  • Tour guides & support/safety vehicles
  • Maps, tour notes and safety briefings
  • Bike mechanic assistance

Pricing Schedule

Deposit $400
Progress Payment 30 days after deposit (40% of your package cost, less deposit paid)
Balance 4 Sep 2017

For bookings made after 4 Sep 2017, full balance is due upon booking.

Travelling on your own? Early bookers can book a twin share package and we will partner you up with somebody else of the same gender travelling on their own. This offer closes 2 months before tour departure (4 Sep). After this date contact us to see if we can match you, if not, the single room price will apply and you will be able to enjoy your own space for the duration of the weekend.

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 – even if you live in Australia.
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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 ***
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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.

Bike mechanical assistance provided

A staff member with good bike mechanical knowledge will be part of our crew and will have a stand pump for different valves. The mechanic will often be able to help you with a safety check, general tips and advice about your bike and its upkeep, as well as fixing mechanical problems. We will have limited parts available for replacement which will be charged at shop prices. Labour is free for the first fifteen minutes, there after costs may be incurred at the mechanic’s discretion.  Cyclists with rare or different bikes are asked to contact us at AllTrails as parts can often be very difficult to obtain.

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.

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 if it’s threatening, on your bike with you. We transport your luggage, day packs, 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.

Safety

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.

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 discounts

Bring your friends and save some money! For all groups of 3 or more entrants you will receive 5% discount off your respective entry fees. This excludes any optional extras such pre and post tour accom, cycling jersey, t-shirt etc. Contact our office for more details and information.

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.

Weather

Our tours have been specifically scheduled to take into consideration the best time of year to travel to that destination. This takes into account the temperate range, possible rainfall and the prevailing winds. Of course, we can’t ever control the weather however this only adds to the adventure and excitement of your travel experience!
For more specific weather and climate information visit www.bom.gov.au or for our international tours visit www.worldweather.org

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.

Training for AllTrails tours

You really need to be a reasonably keen cyclist – not necessarily fast, but consistent.  Try to sit on an average speed of at least 20-25 km/hr on the flat, and build your kilometre total distance in training to be out on the bike for a number of hours for two days straight. Aim to ride close to the average daily distance of your chosen tour on each of the days if you can. This will usually put you in a good position to be ready for your tour. We have a training schedule specific to each ride which we send to you after you place your deposit, however we are more than happy to send this to you earlier when you are considering the tour – just ask us for a copy and we will get it out to you straight away.

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’.

Buying a new bike – what to consider

If you are purchasing a new bike for this ride or wanting to make some upgrades here a few points to consider:

Bike set up: Unless you are accustomed to riding long distances or are very flexible set your bike up for comfort rather than optimum aerodynamics. A more comfortable upright position is most easily achieved by raising the handle bar and moving the seat forward.

Wheels: Do not go too light. High-end road bikes often allow you to choose different wheel sets or if you are considering upgrading, the lightest wheels might be the fastest, but they are not always the strongest. The heavier you are the more important this is. Cheaper wheels are heavier and generally have more spokes, but are also quite robust and easy to repair, so if this is your price bracket then there is not too much to worry about. If you looking at getting some fast wheels and you are over 90kg ask your bike shop for advice and even do some research online or within your bike community.

Tyres: Durability is the most important feature for long distance rides. When choosing your tyres look for features like anti-puncture and Kevlar lining. A harder rubber also allows you to get more kilometres out of each tyre. A popular choice amongst our cyclists are the Continental Ultra Gatorskins in either the 23mm or 25mm width.

Gearing: As a rule; the more gears you have the easier it is to climb hills. The standard configuration of gears found on road bikes does not suit everyone. If you find yourself running out of gears while climbing, needing to get out of the saddle to get over a hill or ride with a high cadence it might be worth considering one or both of these options. Replace the cassette with a larger one (more teeth)and/or get a compact crank. A compact crack tries to do what the triple chain ring crank does in just two chain rings. If you already have a triple, this is not for you. The compact crank slightly reduces your big chain ring size and significantly reduces your small chain ring size making it much easier to climb hills and spin your legs faster rather than harder.

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.

Conditions of contract : Please read carefully

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’)
  • Enter at least 1 participant on any package, then scroll down and click ‘BOOK NOW’
  • Click the ‘SKIP’ button
  • Scroll to the bottom of the questions page and click ‘terms and conditions’ hyperlink