Great Ocean Rode Luxury Bike Tour 2016

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Great Ocean Rode Luxury Bike Tour 2016

Includes 'Around the Bay' event

Thursday 06 October, 2016 to Sunday 09 October, 2016

AllTrails is proud to be working once again with Bicycle Network to provide the Great Ocean Road Luxury Bike Tour – a wonderful extension ride to the famous ‘Around the Bay’ ride.

We organise everything that you will need for the duration of this 4 day tour including accommodation, food, safety and support vehicles, bike mechanical support, luggage transfer and much more. You can pedal away each morning knowing that you are being looked after by the best tour guides in the business, your luggage will be taken care of, food will be ready at the next stop, and all you need to do is decide which way to look to enjoy the scenery of this magnificent part of the world.

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

Great Ocean Rode
Luxury Bike Tour
 

Date :
Thu 6 Oct – Sun 9 Oct 2016
Duration :
4 days, 3 nights.
4 actual ride days.
0 rest days.
Distance :
400km
Ave. Daily :
100km
Bike Type :
Road or hybrid bike
Terrain :
Bitumen roads. Undulating coastal roads & a few hills.
Group Size :
10-20
Accom  :
Cyclist-friendly motels & guesthouses
Meals  :
3 bfast, 4 lunch, 2 dinners
daily morn & a/noon tea
Difficulty Grading :
7/10
Price :
$2195 pp twin share
Deposit :
$ 400
  • Ride the Great Ocean Road with full support vehicles
  • See the ‘Twelve Apostles’ Marine National Park on the Shipwreck Coast
  • Overnights at Port Campbell, Apollo Bay and Queenscliff
  • Views of pristine sandy white beaches at the base of steep rocky cliffs
  • Cycle past wild ocean surf and through deep thick forest
  • Be a part of one of Australia’s premier cycling events Around the Bay in a Day
This magnificent jaunt along the best of the Great Ocean Road starts with a train ride to Warrnambool and finishes as part of the exciting Bupa Around the Bay Bike Ride in Melbourne. In between is 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 for 3 days, winding past The Twelve Apostles (or is it eight now?) and around popular beach resort towns that are the home of the surfing revolution. 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 join the thousands of cyclists in one of Australia’s premier cycling events ‘Around the Bay’. The final 100km leg will see you ride proudly in through the finish arch at Alexandra Gardens to the festive atmosphere at the finish line that this famous ride generates.

AllTrails Great Ocean Rode Luxury Bike 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 Susan, Rachel, Phil and Ben 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’…..’how are Susan and Phil’…..so it’s also a highly recognized jersey. See you on the Road. Rod (NSW)

Kiwis abroad Dad and I would like to thank Susan, Phil, Ben and Midge 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 15 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 Susan, Phil and Ben 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)

Hi Midge, Phil, Susan and Ben, 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)

Dear Phil and Susan, Thank you for all your efforts to make the 2012 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)

 

Imagine waking up in the early daylight and looking around a comfortable motel room and wondering where you are. Is it Port Campbell, Apollo Bay or Queenscliff? Either way, you want to get up and start another day in the AllTrails Warrnambool to Melbourne 4-day Great Ocean Rode Luxury Bike Tour, cycling through some of the most beautiful parts of Victoria.

The 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 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 6 Oct 2016 -- L D A
What a package! Your four day Great Ocean Road Luxury Bicycle Tour starts at Southern Cross station, 7am Thursday. We load bikes and luggage in to our vehicles and set you off on the train to Warrnambool. You will arrive at approximately 11am into Warrnambool where we all saddle up and ride a scenic 20km to Allansford Cheese Restaurant and Museum 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 7 Oct 2016 -- 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 with its many restaurants and cafes for you to choose for your evening meal.
Apollo Bay to Queenscliff -- 129km -- Sat 8 Oct 2016 -- 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 4 day tour so get into your rhythm and keep pushing as you take it all in.  You try to concentrate, but it’s hard with hang gliders overhead and breathtaking views all around including many koalas that make 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, famous for their world surfing championships. We cycle 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 stay at the luxurious Vue Grand Hotel and get together to celebrate your journey over the last 3 days along the Great Ocean Road, enjoying some laughs, stories and a nice dinner and drinks before heading to bed ready for your final day as a part of the Around the Bay event tomorrow.
Queenscliff (ferry to Sorrento) to Melbourne -- 100km -- Sun 9 Oct 2016 -- B L
Today is the day where our small riding group becomes thousands! We join the hugely popular ‘Around the Bay’ bike ride starting with an early morning ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento followed by our last 100km push to Melbourne. Beach Road becomes a cycle path for thousands of eager riders from all walks of life during this annual event that finishes in Alexandra Gardens in Melbourne City. There is a truly festive atmosphere at the end of the ride as you pass through the finish arch where the bands are playing, the tents are up and bikes and people are everywhere. Congratulations – what a ride!

Included

  • Three nights in great bike-friendly accommodation
  • Meals – 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Entry fee into Bicycle Network’s ‘Around the Bay’ 135km option
  • Official Around the Bay cycling jersey (ONLY early bookers – before 13 July)
  • Train ticket from Melbourne to Warrnambool
  • Ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento
  • Daily morning & afternoon teas
  • Tour guides & support/safety vehicle
  • Bike mechanical assistance

Pricing Schedule

Deposit ($400)
Progress Payment 30 days after deposit (40% of your package cost, less deposit paid)
Balance 6 August 2016

For bookings made after 6 Aug, full balance is due upon booking.

Packages (all in AUD)
From
7 Aug
4 day tour package
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (dbl or 2 beds)
$2195
4 day tour package
SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room)
$2465
Travelling on your own? You will need to book a single room, then if you wish to share you can put your name down on our Twin Share Request List. There is a good chance that we will be able to partner you up with somebody else of the same gender travelling on their own. If not, you will need to pay the single supplement price. CURRENTLY: MALE AND FEMALE SHARE PLACES BOTH AVAILABLE

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Pre and post tour accom. Coming from overseas, interstate or outside Melbourne? We can help you out with booking a hotel before and after your tour. The hotel is close to the train station for the start of the ride on 6 October when we catch the train to Warrnambool, and just a short ride from Alexandra Gardens at the end of the ride. We will transfer your luggage to and from the hotel at the start and end of the ride which is all included in the price below.

AllTrails t-shirt. Good quality tee. Subsidised significantly by AllTrails.

AllTrails jersey. The famous orange AllTrails Australia Ride cycling jersey, subsidised significantly by AllTrails. Ask us for our jersey sizing chart.

Pre Tour Accom in Melbourne Wed 5 Oct
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (double bed or two beds)
Includes room only accommodation, booking fee and luggage transfer
$120 AUD
Pre Tour Accom in Melbourne Wed 5 Oct
SINGLE ROOM (one person with own room)
Includes room only accommodation, booking fee and luggage transfer
$235 AUD
Post Tour Accom in Melbourne Sun 9 Oct
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (double bed or two beds)
Includes room only accommodation, booking fee and luggage transfer
$120 AUD
Post Tour Accom in Melbourne Sun 9 Oct
SINGLE ROOM (one person with own room)
Includes room only accommodation, booking fee and luggage transfer
$235 AUD
AllTrails t-shirt, subsidised significantly by AllTrails. Good quality tee. $20 AUD
Famous Orange AllTrails Cycling Jersey, subsidised significantly by AllTrails. $35 AUD
If you are travelling on your own and would like to share a room please let us know. We will register you on a waitlist for a twin share partner and if another traveller of the same gender would like to share we will match you. If not we can book you in at the single room rate.
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.
*** Travel Insurance for lost deposits and cancellations ***
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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.

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.

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 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.

Tandem bike

Our good friend Peter Howell hires tandems (including e-bike tandems) and if you want a tandem, he is your man. Pegasus Tandems stock a wide range of great imported tandem bicycles for you and your partner. Call Peter on 0427 200 533 or check out his website www.tandembicycles.com.au.

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.

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.

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.

Arriving & departing the G.A.R. & G.O.R. tours

ARRIVING G.A.R. tour: Our meeting place is Southern Cross Station, Melbourne early (approx 6am) on Sunday 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. Note that the day before the GAR tour is AFL Grand Final Day in Melbourne so accommodation is scarce and more expensive than usual. If you are not interested in staying in the city on Sat 30 Sep, we do have an alternative for you further out in the suburbs, closer to our office – we can collect you early on Sunday morning. Ask about this option if you are interested.

DEPARTING G.A.R. tour: The ride will finish on Wednesday and we anticipate arriving into Melbourne Southern Cross Station on the train at approx 4:30pm. If you are coming on both the Alpine and Ocean tours, we will book your accom in Melbourne between the tours at no extra cost. If you are departing the tour here you can book in to our tour hotel as an optional extra.

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 Melbourne as part of the ‘Around the Bay’ event. You will have a 100km ride starting at 8am 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.

Jersey size chart for ‘Around the Bay’

Early bookers on this tour receive the official Around the Bay event cycling jersey. See the website here to work out your correct size:

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If you are also purchasing an AllTrails cycling jersey, ask us for our sizing chart.

Training for the G.A.R. & G.O.R. tours

You really need to be a reasonably keen cyclist, however not necessarily fast, but consistent. We base our re-grouping points on an average speed of approx 20-25kph on flat terrain. Try to build your distance in training to gradually attain about 100 km a day for 2 days straight. Mt Hotham and Lavers Hill are challenging climbs so try to do some hill training too. We always have back-up vehicles if you can’t complete any section of the ride for any reason. We will send a training schedule document out with every booking however please contact us if you would like to see this earlier.

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