Great Ocean Road Autumn Cycle Tour

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Great Ocean Road Autumn Cycle Tour

Ride the full length of the GOR

Thursday 21 March, 2019 to Sunday 24 March, 2019

The tour a Glance
Dates: 21-24 Mar 2019
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Distance: 400 km (short options avail)
Ave. Daily: 100 km (short options avail)
Bike Type: Road bike pref – hybrid ok
Surface: Sealed roads
Terrain: Undulating coast roads and some hills
Group Size: Approx 10
Difficulty Rating: 7/10
Accom: High quality accom all the way
Food included: All meals (except 1) and on-road snacks
Price: See ‘Pricing’ tab
Deposit: $400
Why AllTrails?
Experts: No short-cuts! Famous for extensive experience, preparation and organisation
Service: Our owners are usually on tour with you. Renowned for good old fashioned service
Quality: From great accom & meals to our lovingly prepared home-made muffins and biscuits
Support: Our awesome crew & support vehicles are never far away if you need a pick-up or a mechanic
Camaraderie: AllTrails cyclists are fun, positive and supportive – and waiting for you to join the community

Highlights

Tour with AllTrails – the Great Ocean Road tour group experts

  • Ride the Great Ocean Road (full length) with full vehicle & guide support
  • See the ‘Twelve Apostles’ Marine National Park on the Shipwreck Coast
  • Take on the famous Lavers Hill climb (or get a lift and just take in the view!)
  • Dramatic scenery of pristine sandy white beaches and steep limestone cliffs
  • Cycle past wild ocean surf and through deep thick forest
  • Overnights at Port Campbell, Apollo Bay and Queenscliff
  • Top quality accommodation and great meals
  • Ride as much as you can, use the support vehicle as much as you want
Always wanted to ride the full length of the Great Ocean Road?

AllTrails has been taking cycling groups for multi-day tours along the Great Ocean Road for the best part of 20 years. Yes, there are one-day rides in the region (and some of them are great), but to come with AllTrails and experience every km of the legendary coastal drive (ride) on a bike over 4 days is something special.

And it’s not just the Great Ocean Road that you will enjoy – the 4 days also includes the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula, the Mornington Peninsula and the Melbourne-cycling icon that is Beach Road. So, you won’t just experience the Great Ocean Road, which the world has been talking about for years – you will also find out what Melburnian cyclists are on about with the famous Beach Road Ride.

It’s the bike ride that you have always wanted to do, and that you will remember forever.

We will guide you along the internationally-renowned Great Ocean Road, winding past The Twelve Apostles (or is it eight now?) and around popular beach resort towns that are the home of the surfing revolution like Lorne, Bells Beach and Torquay. The pounding surf against limestone cliffs is the perfect backdrop for some power pedalling, climbing hills and descending through thick forest from Warrnambool to Port Campbell, to Apollo Bay to Queenscliff.

After our last overnight stop at Queenscliff you will take the ferry across the bay to Sorrento to ride the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay to Melbourne. Your home stretch will be the locally-famous Beach Road ride where every weekend hundreds of cyclists take to this beautiful stretch of bayside road to enjoy the views, join and drop off pelotons, stop for one of Melbourne’s great coffees at one of the multitude of bike-friendly cafes and chat with other cyclists – and you’ll have a great story to tell having ridden all the way from Warrnambool!

This is cycling the Great Ocean Road without the logistics headaches – we organise everything that you will need for the duration of the tour including accommodation, food, vehicle support, safety briefings and a first-aid qualified guide, bike mechanical support, luggage transfer, great camaraderie and much more. You can pedal away each morning knowing that your morning tea and lunch stops will be set up for you along the route, your luggage will be taken care of, and you are being looked after by the best in the business. All you need to do is decide which way to look to enjoy the scenery of this magnificent part of the world.

AllTrails Great Ocean Road Cycle Tour

What has been said about our previous GOR tours:

Absolutely fantastic, brilliantly organized & supported four day tour. I just cannot express the personal satisfaction, joy, and sheer pleasure in being able to do that ride. All of it made possible by the marvelous support, planning, care & good old fashion ‘Aussie’ attitude of the ALLTRAILS CREW and the easily made friendship, comradeship of the entire cycle group. I have never before met such a marvelous group of people. Thanks for my memories that will last a life time & also just in case I do have a “Seniors” moment the many fantastic photographs supplied by Alltrails at the end. John A (NSW)

Thanks so much for a wonderful experience. A personal Best for me – 400km in 4 days! Such magnificent riding, along with some wicked weather! It was a delight to think that all I had to do with my day, was hope on my bike and ride, with complete confidence that the support – both front and rear – was always there. I feel your generosity of time and spirit was much appreciated; and are to be recommended highly. Would love to join you on another ride soon. Gabby (VIC) 

Please pass on my thanks to all the crew for a fantastic tour. The personalized, professional and ‘no fuss’ attention to detail approach by the All Trails Team made a great trip into a fantastic trip. I’ll be back for more next year. I have been wearing my [AllTrails] Jersey while being out and about and also in the Gong ride just over a week ago, love the hi-vis colours. Every time I wear it someone asks me ‘which ride did you do’…..so it’s also a highly recognized jersey. See you on the Road. Rod (NSW)

Kiwis abroad Dad and I would like to thank the AllTrails team for a wonderful ride. We decided to head over to Aussie for a change of scenery. We took our own bikes with us which was very easy and hassle free. We couldn’t fault the food, accommodation or help we received along the way. So any kiwis wanting to head over you will have a great time. The great ocean road is a great ride. Thank you AllTrails Lex and Peter (NZ)

I was very pleased with the standard of accommodation and foods on offer. The support you gave was exceptional. Really, what more could I have asked you do do. The cheerful banter and the challenges of rides, winds in the face, some hard climbs were there on the days, but the best feature was the group’s friendliness with an effort to be at the stops on time. David (NSW)

Just a short note to say a Big Thank You to all for the wonderful Great Ocean Rode ride; the care and attention to details and logistics put into it are all appreciated. After many years in this business, you must have thought out just about every possible eventuality, but it is great that everything went well without a hitch. Once again, many thanks, and wishing you all best for the future. Hoe Yoon C (Malaysia)

I have meant to write to you since finishing the Great Ocean Rode to tell you what a fabulous experience it was. The support, the location, the food! the people – all the people – participants and organisers! Makes me want to do more rides! Mel E (ACT)

Thanks for a really enjoyable trip. Great food, accommodation, and support during the trip. My cycling improves each trip with Alltrails and I always have a good time. Jean (NSW)

Thank you so much for another fantastic bike ride!  It’s great to just ride and know everything will be wonderfully organised, safe and fun.  I’m looking forward to the Great Vic in only a few week’s time and all the European riding with you next year. Thank you once again for everything. Mary-Anne C (VIC)

Thank you for all your efforts to make the Great Ocean Rode so rewarding. Challenging? Undoubtedly. Enjoyable? Immensely so. To you and your team, Thank you. Geoff F (VIC)

To all the team at Alltrails, my sincere thanks for making my first cycling tour with you such a wonderful enjoyable fantastic event, it certainly exceeded my best hopes and has fuelled my appetite for more. Well Done. Best Wishes Colin N (VIC)

 

Day to Day

Imagine waking up in the early daylight and looking around a comfortable motel room, trying to remember where you are. You hear the waves crashing on the beach not too far away and look up to see your bike at the end of the bed ready and waiting for you to rise. Then it hits you – you are on the AllTrails Great Ocean Road Cycle Tour and you can’t wait to get up and start another day cycling through some of the most beautiful parts of Victoria.

The food breaks, morning tea, lunch and afternoon snacks 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 famous bakery, a country pub or down by the sea. Cyclists move off knowing the distance and terrain ahead and aiming to arrive at the overnight stop around mid afternoon.

Your accommodation is excellent – you check in then have a cuppa and snack and 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 in salubrious surroundings, 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)

Melbourne (train to Warrnambool) to Port Campbell -- 69km -- Thu 14 Nov 2019 -- L D A

Your four day Great Ocean Road Bicycle Tour starts at Southern Cross station before 7am. We load bikes and luggage in to our vehicles and set you off on the train to Warrnambool. Arriving at approximately 11am, we all saddle up and ride a scenic 20km to Allansford for lunch, then before you know it you will be cycling the world famous Great Ocean Road. The grandeur of the Bay of Islands is stunning with sheer cliffs of limestone and rolling surf that will awaken your senses and fill you with exhilaration as you ride to Port Campbell in the heart of this shipwreck coast. Tonight we have a great motel and will all enjoy an evening meal together so that you can get to know the group as you absorb the magnificent seaviews and sunset.

Port Campbell to Apollo Bay -- 96km -- Fri 15 Nov 2019 -- B L - A

Leaving Port Campbell early, you rise above the cliffs to the unforgettable view and golden colours of Loch Ard Gorge and then the legendary Twelve Apostles Marine National Park. This is truly one of the most iconic locations in Australia and we will have plenty of time for a photo in front of the famous rocks before you pedal on past Princetown where the road leaves the coast for a while, cutting across the southern tip of land, Cape Otway. As you leave the ocean you begin climbing through the forest to the renowned Lavers Hill, deep in the Otway Ranges. This hill is a challenge for most riders and it is your choice to ride it, try it, or hop in the bus. Lunch at the top of Lavers Hill is a good refuelling stop with a few more ups and downs to come after lunch. The roller coaster ride on today’s route will allow you magnificent views of the ocean before descending into Apollo Bay – a hub of activity on the coast known for it’s great seafood, surrounded by tranquil beaches, rolling green hills and the Great Otway National Park.

Apollo Bay to Queenscliff -- 90/129km -- Sat 16 Nov 2019 -- B L D A

This is it! The last stretch of the Great Ocean Road is squeezed between massive vertical cliffs and thunderous waves. An early morning start awakens your senses as the wild seas smash against the rocks below. Today is the longest day on our tour so get into your rhythm and keep pushing as you take it all in; the hang gliders overhead, breathtaking views all around, and koalas making their home in the gum trees around here (sometimes crossing the road for a new tree and a better view). This is very exciting ride as you climb up and down around the cliff faces, marvelling at the scenery, punctuated by inlets and villages like Lorne, Anglesea, then our lunch stop Torquay (90km), famous for their world surfing championships. Torquay is the official end of the Great Ocean Road – congratulations! After lunch in Torquay you can hop in our support bus and skip the last 40km to Queenscliff, or if you still have the legs, the route takes you through Ocean Grove before passing Point Lonsdale where you can view the dramatic scenery from high points along the ocean foreshore overlooking The Rip. This notorious ship entrance to Port Phillip Bay, where ocean and bay waters collide through a kilometre-wide channel, creates one of the world’s most dangerous stretches of water. We finish the day in Queenscliff, a charming and cosy historic seaside village on the Bellarine Peninsula, with its elegant Victorian-era hotels, stately churches and quaint fishermen’s cottages situated on the mouth of Port Phillip Bay. Tonight we get together to celebrate your journey along the Great Ocean Road, enjoying some laughs, stories and a nice dinner and drinks before heading to bed ready for your final day to Melbourne tomorrow.

Queenscliff (ferry to Sorrento) to Melbourne -- 100km -- Sun 17 Nov 2019 -- B L

Today is the day where our small riding group becomes hundreds! Starting with an early morning ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento, we ride the hugely popular eastern side of Port Phillip Bay on our last 100km push to Melbourne. On the final stretch along Beach Road, you will be absorbed into Melbourne’s thriving cycling culture as scores of eager weekend riders from all walks of life tear up and down the coast road, getting their weekly exercise in, stopping for famous Melbourne coffees, meeting new people and chatting to each other about all things cycling. Take it all in riding on your own or jump on to the end of a peloton and try to hang on. Either way it’s a great ride into Melbourne. We will stop at the beachside suburb of St Kilda to pack up bikes and say our goodbyes. Feel free to stay a night or two after the ride in St Kilda or Melbourne CBDCongratulations – what a ride!

Pricing

INCLUDED:

  • Four days of magnificent cycling
  • Three nights in great bike-friendly accommodation
  • All Meals – 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Daily morning & afternoon teas
  • Rider pack (cycling jersey, cap, bottle, day bag)
  • Train ticket from Melbourne to Warrnambool
  • Ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento
  • Tour guides & support/safety vehicle
  • Bike mechanical assistance

Pricing Schedule

Deposit to secure your spot ($400)
Progress Payment due 30 days after deposit (40% of your package cost, less deposit paid)
Balance 21 Jan 2019

For bookings made after 21 Jan, full balance is due upon booking.

Packages (all in AUD) Before 20 Sep Before 21 Nov Before 21 Jan From 21 Jan
4 day tour package
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (dbl or 2 beds)
$1970 $2045 $2095 $2145
4 day tour package
SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room)
$2335 $2410 $2460 $2510

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 (21 Jan) – 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. Coming from overseas, interstate or outside Melbourne? Our train departs early on the Thursday morning at the start of the tour from Southern Cross Station we so suggest arriving on Wednesday. Southern Cross Station is approx 30 minutes from the airport via the Skybus or taxi. We have a couple of good hotel suggestions close to the train station for the Wednesday night – just ask us and we will send through the information.

Post tour accom. You should be in Melbourne on Sunday at the end of the ride by mid afternoon, so you could book a hotel room that night or fly home sometime after 5pm. Southern Cross Station is approx 30 minutes from the airport via the Skybus or taxi. We have some hotel suggestions for St Kilda (where we finish) or in the CBD.

AllTrails t-shirts – good quality tees: 

  • Older stock, limited sizes. $20
  • New style tee. $30
  • Raglan style (3/4 sleeve). $35

A merchandise rider pack is included in the tour price (cycling jersey, cap, bottle, bag).  Link to AllTrails Merchandise PDF

Transfer of hard case bike box from start of ride to finish, $10/day (if space available). $30

Transfer of soft FOLDABLE bike bag from start of ride to finish $3/day. $9

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.
  • AllTrails customers should consider selection of the Add-on Benefit Pack for ‘Adventure Sports Pack’. This pack provides some additional specific covers for the activity of ‘expedition bicycle touring’ which are not covered by standard travel insurance covers.

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.

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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 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.

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.

Accommodation on our rides

We always try to obtain great accommodation in the best location for you to rest your weary head (and legs) in each town whether it be a motel, hotel, cabins or similar, usually 3, 3½, 4 star. We choose the best and most welcoming motel for cyclists and our tour group needs. On occasion we travel through some very small towns where accommodation is extremely limited. 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.

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.

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! Many of our tours have group discounts for 3 or more entrants. Check out the ‘pricing’ tab on each ride page to see if group discounts apply to that tour. This generally 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.

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.

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.

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.

Getting to and from the tour (Great Ocean Road)

ARRIVING G.O.R. tour: Our meeting place is Southern Cross Station, Melbourne early (approx 6:30am) on Thursday morning. If you are staying at our pre-tour accommodation (close to Southern Cross Station) you will just need to cross the road with your luggage and bike to meet us at the station. If you have a car and you are staying at our pre-tour accommodation you may be able to leave your car at the hotel for the duration of the tour at a rate set by the hotel. Contact our office if you would like to arrange this. If you are driving your car to the start but not staying at the hotel please contact our office about car parking options.

DEPARTING: The ride will finish on Sunday in St Kilda (5km from Melbourne CBD). You will have a 100km ride starting at 9am from Sorrento. It is possible to catch a plane home that evening (Sunday), however we suggest that you do not book anything earlier than 6pm if possible just in case you are delayed for any reason during your ride (flat tyres, weather, injury, mechanical problems etc). Staying in Melbourne on Sunday night will give you more leeway if that is possible for you.

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.

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Conditions of contract : Please read carefully

Agreement: 

I have read and understand the terms and conditions of this event (see instructions below) and wish to enter this ALLTRAILS BICYCLE TOURS Pty Ltd event at my own risk. I understand that participation in this ride involves riding on public roads used by other traffic, and in doing this, I am aware of the potential dangers, both on and off public roads. In my judgement, I am capable and competent to participate safely in this ride. I hereby release, exempt and indemnify AllTrails and any of its contractors, local guides, officers, directors, employees, agents, staff, sponsors, volunteers and all other persons involved in the organisation of this event, from all actions, costs, demands, proceedings, and claims whatsoever made or taken by any person, arising out of my participation in the ride.

I accept that I am to wear a helmet, abide by road laws, and understand the organisers have no responsibility for my property damaged or stolen. I agree to take responsibility, and make appropriate payment if necessary, for any damage to others property that I cause including motel rooms, motel property, AllTrails property or other cyclist’s property.

I agree to carefully consider my insurance options and take note of AllTrails’ policy strongly recommending Cyclist Insurance and Travel Insurance to all cyclists on Australian tours, and the compulsory Travel Insurance policy for international tours.

AllTrails reserves the right to change the advertised ride and itinerary due to road works, bad weather, unsafe conditions, or any unforeseen circumstances. I declare I am 18 years of age or older or am the legal guardian of persons under 18 years old in my care. I consent to publication, for promotional purposes, of any photos or video footage taken of myself or others in my group, while taking part in this event without recourse or compensation to me.

I consent to AllTrails processing personal information about me and other members of my party. AllTrails may hold my name, address and other details supplied on their database. This information will be used to make my tour arrangements and to send me information about AllTrails and its tours. In order to make my tour arrangements AllTrails may need to pass on my details to companies and individuals inside and/or outside Australia, where less stringent data protection controls may be in place. I understand this and agree to the passing of necessary information to required third parties such as hotels and local tour companies.

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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