Mornington Peninsula F.O.R. Day Weekend 2017

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Mornington Peninsula F.O.R. Day Weekend 2017

For cyclists and non-riders

Friday 10 March, 2017 to Monday 13 March, 2017

(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 Weekend’ on the glorious Mornington Peninsula. Let the riders have their romp around this most stunning area of Victoria while you are pampered at the Hot Springs, enjoy a vineyard lunch and perhaps, but only if you feel like it, meander along the foreshore’s famed ‘Bay Trail’ cycle path. Play some golf, enjoy scenic walks, swim in the pool or head to the beach, the choices are endless in this coastal playground.

Oh, and for the riders, we have something for you too: four days of the most breath-taking cycling you are ever likely to do. Take in rugged coastlines, calm bay beaches, seaside villages, vineyards and rolling farmland hills plus one legendary climb up Arthurs Seat; 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.

The Mornington Peninsula is an easy drive from the city, but with an air that’s more Mediterranean than Melbourne, you’ll quickly feel like you’re a world away. Cruise through dunes and hinterlands, olive groves and vineyards. Explore the foreshore and back-beaches, dine in waterfront restaurants and cafes and marvel at lavish cliff-top mansions. The fresh sea breezes and invigorating coastal walks will quickly re-energise you. If you want to do nothing more than enjoy some well deserved indulgence, then our luxury accommodation is the place to come.

This is cycling without logistical headaches – we organise everything that you will need for the duration of this 4-day tour including four great cycling routes, maps, morning teas, snacks and lunches on the road, safety and support vehicles, bike mechanical support, great accommodation, all meals, Peninsula Hot Springs entry, massage therapist, unmatched camaraderie and much more. 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.

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

F.O.R. Day Weekend
Mornington Peninsula
 

Date :
Fri 10 – Mon 13 Mar 2017
Duration :
4 days, 3 nights
4 ride days 
Optional rest days (any day)
Plus optional pre tour accom (Thu)
Distance :
270km
Ave. Daily :
67km
Bike Type :
Road or hybrid bike
Terrain :
Bitumen roads. Undulating, some hills, then pancake flat.
Group Size :
Approx 15
Accom  :
4 star accom in Rye
Meals  :
3 bfast, 4 lunch, 2 dinners
On-road snacks and morn tea
Difficulty Grading :
6.5/10
Deposit :
$ 400
  • Alternate itineraries for Riders (R) and Friends (F) with cross-over activities including all
  • Visit the Peninsula Hot Springs (FoR)
  • Vineyard lunch (F)
  • Massage therapist (R)
  • Visit Point Nepean and explore the network of fortresses protecting Port Phillip Bay (FoR)
  • Hire Bike for Bay Trail (F)
  • Conquor the legendary Arthurs Seat climb (and if that doesn’t thrill you, remember what goes up must come down!) or, just get a lift to the top (R)
  • Stunning views on the foreshore beach ride to Mornington (R)
  • Visit Cape Schanck, Flinders, Arthurs Seat, Red Hill, Main Ridge, Mornington Peninsula National Park to name a few
  • Luxury 4-star accom right opposite the beach in Rye
“We all had a great time. 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)

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

Included

  • Four days of magnificent cycling
  • Four day touring itinerary for non-riders
  • Three nights in luxury 4 star accom
  • Meals – 3 breakfast, 4 lunch, 2 dinner
  • Peninsula Hot Springs entry
  • Hire bike for Bay Trail (non-cyclists)
  • Massage therapist post-ride Day 2 (cyclists)
  • Local vineyard long lunch (non-cyclists)
  • Full ride support:
  • Maps, ride notes, safety briefings
  • On-road snacks, water, morning tea, lunches
  • Tour guides & support/safety vehicles
  • Bike mechanical assistance

Pricing Schedule

Deposit ($400)
Progress Payment 30 days after deposit (40% of your package cost, less deposit paid)
Balance 10 Jan 2017

For bookings made after 10 Jan, 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 (10 Jan) – after this date contact us to see if we can match you, if not you will need to book a single room.
Families and child rates available on request.
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. 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. 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 and are ‘in the ball-park’ in terms of your fitness and preparedness, but not 100% sure if you will be up to it on the toughest days, 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. If you feel that you are extremely far off the fitness level required and cannot commit to enough training that will get you fit in time then you may be better off booking a later ride or a different type of tour – just give us a call or email to discuss.

Insurance – IMPORTANT

Obtaining appropriate insurance is your (very important) responsibility

IMPORTANT: Travel Insurance – even for trips within Australia

  • When you consider the cost of cancelling your tour if something goes wrong before or during your travel, insurance is good protection.
  • Domestic travel insurance is usually considerably cheaper than international.
  • Purchase your travel insurance as soon as you have booked your tour and your travel – don’t wait until just before you go.
  • Some credit card travel insurances do not apply to domestic Australian travel – check with your provider.
  • There are lots of travel insurance providers – cyclists should do their own research to ensure they are covered adequately.
  • Here are two options as an example:
  • https://www.travelinsurancedirect.com.au/
  • https://www.1cover.com.au/
  • International travellers should always have a comprehensive travel insurance.

IMPORTANT: Cyclist insurance for accidents & medical:

Cyclist Insurance is different to Travel Insurance and is often included as part of cycling memberships such as Bicycle Network or Bicycle Queensland or can be bought separately. Cycling can be a dangerous activity and you should be prepared for the worst. If you have an accident in training for the tour or on the tour itself cyclist insurance can help with medical, income protection and third party coverage. Check out the benefits here:

 

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.

Travelling alone?

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

Snorers can enjoy their own room

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

Carrying personal items on the bike

We suggest you carry a spare tube, a full water bottle and your own personal goods such as camera, wallet and rain gear, on your bike with you. We transport your luggage, drawstring day bags, food & extra water. A more detailed list of things to bring and not bring is on our ‘Tour Preparation Guide’ which is sent out to you before the ride.

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 a keen cyclist as they are – we are happy to accommodate non-riding partners and part-timers who only want to 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 trained First Aiders as crew, comprehensive First-Aid Kits, a list of hospitals in the areas that we travel through, as well as mobile phones and a satellite phone for emergency calls when we are out of cellular range. 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.

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

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, a travel insurance policy will cover cancellation fees due to most unforeseen events. This is why we provide links to travel insurance options and highly recommend that you investigate and purchase travel insurance for all our rides (including Australian domestic tours) at the time of deposit and ensure that it includes coverage for cancellation fees if for some reason you are not able to travel (see Travel Insurance FAQ). 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 other trip related issues.

What sorts of people join our rides?

People from all parts of Australia and also some overseas guests. Ages generally range from 35 – 75 with the average age about 50-60 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. 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

If you want to hire a bike for one of our tours just let us know on your online booking form and we will get the ball rolling for you. 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