Murray River: Stage 1 Kosciuszko to Albury

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Murray River: Stage 1 Kosciuszko to Albury

The Alpine Adventure

Friday 23 February, 2018 to Monday 26 February, 2018

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This page is for Stage One of our 3-stage tour along the Murray River – from Source to Sea.

To see the full tour, click here. To find out more about Stage One, read on…

Stage 1: The Alpine Adventure. Thredbo to Albury, 4 days, average 84km/day, 23 Feb – 26 Feb
Stage 2: The Holiday Towns Tour. Albury to Mildura, 11 days, average 87km/day, 26 Feb – 8 Mar
Stage 3: Experience the Riverland. Mildura to Victor Harbor, 10 days, average 86km/day, 8 Mar – 17 Mar

Why AllTrails?

Experts:

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

Service:

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

Quality:

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

Support:

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

Camaraderie:

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

The tour at a glance

Date :

23 Feb – 26 Feb

Duration :

3 nights

Distance :

250 km

Ave. Daily :

83 km/day

Bike Type :

Road or hybrid bike

Terrain :

Bitumen roads. Big downhill from Thredbo, then undulating riverside cycling.

Group Size :

15-25

Accom  :

Alpine resorts & regional motels.

Meals  :

All meals included

Difficulty Grading :

7 / 10

Price :

See ‘Pricing’ tab for options

Deposit :

$ 400

Highlights

Stage 1 Highlights

  • Optional hike to top of Mt Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest point
  • Beautiful alpine cycling with 1 challenging climb & lots of downhill
  • Cycle alongside the Murray River
  • ‘Classic Australia’ ride through the River Red Gums (Eucalyptus) region

As featured in Bicycling Australia

The Alpine Adventure

This stage packs a lot into a few days. Begin with the chance to walk to the top of Mt Kosciuszko – Australia’s highest point.  The summit walk is not an extreme hike but certainly a nice challenge. More details on the walk here. From the top of the continent there is only one way to go (down) and you cover most of that downhill the next day along with one significant climb – a truly exciting alpine experience. From there you cycle for two days along the Murray Valley, following the river along the flatter terrain to Albury. Accommodation highlights include the Thredbo Alpine Hotel and the Upper Murray Resort.

This is a great ride for cyclists who love hills (up and down) and also for those short on time. You will meet on Friday and you’re finished by Monday – in between is a variety of experiences, opportunities, contrasting cycling environments and a lot of fun!

Murray River Cycling Tour

Day to Day

Imagine waking up in the early daylight and looking around a comfortable motel room and wondering where you are. Is it an alpine village or a golf resort on the Murray River? Either way, you want to get up, get ready and be on your bike again for another day on the AllTrails Murray River Ride, from Source to Sea.

After a hearty breakfast you’re on your way as the AllTrails team load your luggage and head up the road to set up your morning tea. The food breaks are at set times enabling all riders to plan their day and the amount of time required to enjoy the sights along the way so you depart morning tea with a clear focus on the next leg of the day to lunch which is arranged or prepared by our crew. Lunch is a great time to relax, refuel your body and chat to your friends, be it in a bakery, a country pub, the rest area of a remote highway, or down by the river.

Our safety and support vehicles are never far away. One vehicle trails the group, picking up cyclists who need a lift for any reason and also serving as a warning to motorists of the cycling group ahead. The other vehicle travels among and ahead of the group, preparing the food stops, arranging directional signage where required and being on-call for cyclists with mechanical failures or other requirements. We have 2-way radio communications with trucks and other large vehicles on the road to further increase safety for our cyclists and our staff are also first-aid and bike mechanic qualified. Safety is our number one priority and we strive to make each day as safe as possible – another great advantage of cycling with AllTrails.

After reaching your overnight destination (usually mid-afternoon) check in and relax, have a cuppa and snack, a shower or a 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 at 6pm before the evening meal is always interesting, finding out what happened that day, and a run-down on the sights, special attractions or dangers 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. 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)

Canberra Airport to Thredbo (bus) / Mt Kosciuszko walk -- NA -- Fri 23 Feb 2018 -- - - D A

PRE TOUR: Today we will arrange a bus to Thredbo from Canberra Airport departing approximately 9:30am. There are flights from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane that arrive around or before 8:30am. Alternatively you can fly to Canberra anytime on Thu 22 Feb and stay overnight (we suggest the Vibe Canberra Airport Hotel). The bus trip is approx 2.5 hrs and will get the group into Thredbo by lunchtime. By then you’ll be ready to stretch the legs and take on the optional walk up Mt Kosciuszko – the highest peak on the Australian continent. As you stand at the top of Australia, off in the distance to the south, there is a small marshy spring near a remote, inaccessible border of NSW/VIC where the Mighty Murray River begins. Way off to the west it finishes as it meets the sea in South Australia. We head off in search of that river tomorrow. The summit walk is not an extreme hike – the first section is on a scenic chairlift, then it’s a 6.5km walk each way on an elevated mesh boardwalk, with only a gentle uphill gradient. More details on the walk here. The 4-5 hour round trip will have us back in Thredbo for a group dinner and a great night around the welcoming lounge fire in our superb alpine hotel in this beautiful European-style village of Thredbo at the base of Mt Kosciuszko. What a way to start this adventure!

Thredbo to Khancoban -- 77km -- Sat 24 Feb 2018 -- B L D A

FIRST STAGE – THE ALPINE ADVENTURE: Today begins with a 6km climb up to Dead Horse Gap before the road flattens for a couple of kms, followed by a long downhill section as you drop nearly 1000m in around 17km. Spare a thought for our cyclists who did it in the opposite direction on our tour in 2013 (maybe you were one of them?). At the bottom of the climb we are nearly close enough to touch the early stages of the Murray River. We cross Snowy Creek (often dry in the summer) which just 200m away joins the Murray. You will spend the rest of the day rocking and rolling up and down the mountains past the Snowy Mountains hydro scheme, the largest engineering project undertaken in Australia, and a stop at Geehi by the river among the kangaroos. The kangaroos will marvel at your grace as you take on the climb up past Scammell’s Lookout. The climb will test your stamina like it did the legendary stock-men who are now immortalised in the ballads and poems of this wild country. Lastly it’s a winding downhill into Khancoban, a small alpine town who will host us for the night.

Khancoban to Walwa -- 65km -- Sun 25 Feb 2018 -- B L D A

It’s a nice gentle start to the morning with a slight downhill as you head out of Khancoban and into the often-eerie alpine morning with its fresh crisp air biting at your face. It won’t take long to warm up though as you head up the first of two small but significant climbs for the day. The first one takes you up to Cochrans Gap then down the other side to where we meet our travelling companion for the first time – The Murray River. As we cross the river we also cross the border into Victoria for the first time and leave the Alpine Way behind, the road which we have been travelling on all the way from Thredbo. The road becomes the Murray Valley Highway and gives you a scenic entry into the state over the flatlands before our second climb up to Towong Gap, with spectacular views across the valley to your right, just before you reach the top. After a long smooth descent we follow Murray River Road as it hugs the river itself, passing through the small townships of Towong and Tintaldra on the way to our beautiful accommodation at the Upper Murray Resort in Walwa, set on 180 acres of unspoiled bushland and hills with sweeping views across the Upper Murray Valleys and the Murray River.

Walwa to Albury -- 108km -- Mon 26 Feb 2018 -- B L - -

We are clear of the alpine ranges now so there are no significant mountain passes to contend with today however the ride is still filled with constant undulations which take you to the valley floor then raise you up again providing panoramic views of the valley, the Murray River, which is never too far away, and into New South Wales on the other side of the river. It keeps the ride interesting and engaging as you rise and fall, taking in different vantage points on the pastures, rolling hills and the river. As you near the township of Bellbridge, the road crosses the river into NSW as the Murray meets Lake Hume – an extremely popular spot for watersports, activities and holiday-makers. After the Lake Hume Village it’s not long before the rural outskirts of Albury turns into a thriving metropolis as we enter this major regional city for a night. Congratulations – Stage 1 complete! For those leaving the tour here the airport is just 10 minutes drive away and there are flights out of Albury tonight to Melbourne and Sydney with connections to Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and others, or stay an extra night and fly home at your leisure tomorrow. Thanks for joining us!

Pricing

Included:

  • All accommodation
  • All meals
  • Daily morning & afternoon teas on the road
  • Tour guides & support/safety vehicles
  • Bike mechanical assistance
  • Merchandise / kit (cycling jersey, cap, bottle, day bag)
  • Maps & Ride Guide

Plus the famous AllTrails:

  • Camaraderie
  • Organisation
  • Tour leaders
  • Good old fashioned service

Pricing Schedule

Deposit: $400 upon booking
Progress Payment: 30 days after deposit (40% of your package cost, less deposit paid)
Balance: due 18 Dec 2017

For bookings made after 18 Dec, full balance is due upon booking.

Pricing

Packages (all in AUD)
Before
18 Dec
From
18 Dec
Stage One, 4 day/3 nt, Thredbo to Albury  $1840  $1890
Stage 1 Single room supplement  $320  $320
Stage Two, 11 day/10 nt, Albury to Mildura  $4000 $4050
Stage 2 Single room supplement  $700  $700
Stage Three, 10 day/9 nt, Mildura to Victor Harbor  $4000  $4050
Stage 3 Single room supplement  $700  $700
Multi-tour discount: Book more than one stage: $50 off Stage 1, $200 off Stage 2, $200 off Stage 3.

Group discount: Bring a group of 3 or more cyclists and save 5% each.

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 on 18 Dec – after this date contact us to see if we can match you, if not the single room price will apply.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Pre and post tour accom:

Stage 1. The entry price includes one night of ‘pre tour’ accom in Thredbo on Fri 23 Feb. If you also wish to have a nights accom in Canberra on Thu 22 Feb we suggest the Vibe Canberra Airport Hotel – you will need to book this direct with the Vibe hotel. The tour entry price DOES NOT include ‘post tour’ accom in Albury on Mon 26 Feb. You are certainly welcome to stay with us though – just select a night of post-tour accom in Albury as an optional extra for $130 (twin) / $190 (single) – this includes dinner, bed and breakfast. Select the option on the booking form.

Start and End of Stages Transport:

Canberra/Thredbo: We will have a bus leaving Canberra Airport on Fri 23 Feb to Thredbo approx 9:30 am. Cost: $110 pp includes person, luggage and bike transport. Book the optional extra on the online form. There are flights from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane that arrive around or before 8:30am. Alternatively you can fly to Canberra anytime on Thu 22 Feb and stay overnight (we suggest the Vibe Canberra Airport Hotel). The bus trip is approx 2.5 hrs and will get the group into Thredbo by lunchtime. 

Albury: The airport is just a 10 minute drive from our motel – an easy taxi ride or book the local airport shuttle. There are flights out of Albury on Mon 26 Feb to Melbourne and Sydney with connections to Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and others, or stay an extra night and fly home at your leisure on Tue 27 Feb. Our tour hotel is just 10 minutes drive from the airport. Albury is also on the train line between Sydney and Melbourne.

Contact us about your travel plans and we will help you with your options.

Other:

AllTrails t-shirt. Good quality tee. Subsidised significantly by AllTrails. $20.

Bike freight/transfer from Melbourne to Thredbo. To save you carrying your bike to the start of Stage One. $50.

Transfer of hard case bike box from start to finish in our vehicle (only if space available). $10/day, pay for your longest stage only

Transfer of soft FOLDABLE bike bag from start to finish in our vehicle. $3/day, pay for your longest stage only

A ‘Merchandise Kit’ is included in the cost of this tour, including an AllTrails cycling jersey, cycling cap, drink bottle and day bag. Check the merchandise PDF link for jersey colour options and sizing: Link to AllTrails merchandise PDF

We are happy to answer any other questions you may have

Feel free to contact us at any time through our website ‘Contact Us’ page, phone or email. We love what we do and want to get you on the best bike ride for you. Speak to us about what’s on your mind and we’ll help you make your decision.

Support bus availability

Our support bus is there to support the tour and also pick up riders who need to jump in for any reason. This vehicle can be quite popular on some days – especially long days or days with big hills! There is no shame in riding in this bus so if you are considering a tour but are not 100% sure if you will be up to it on the toughest day(s), just go for it – our vehicle and staff will be there to help out. It’s better to give it a try than to miss out all together. The bus is also sometimes used for part-time riders who only ride certain sections of each day – these are often partners of someone else on the ride.

Insurance – IMPORTANT

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

Getting to and from the Murray River Tours

Canberra/Thredbo: We will have a bus leaving Canberra Airport on Fri 23 Feb to Thredbo approx 9:30 am. Cost: $110 pp includes person, luggage and bike transport. Book the optional extra on the online form. There are flights from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane that arrive around or before 8:30am. Alternatively you can fly to Canberra anytime on Thu 22 Feb and stay overnight (we suggest the Vibe Canberra Airport Hotel). The bus trip is approx 2.5 hrs and will get the group into Thredbo by lunchtime. 

Albury: The airport is just a 10 minute drive from our motel – an easy taxi ride or book the local airport shuttle. There are flights out of Albury on Mon 26 Feb to Melbourne and Sydney with connections to Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and others, or stay an extra night and fly home at your leisure on Tue 27 Feb. If you are arriving for stage 2, catch a flight to Albury anytime on Mon 26 Feb and head to our tour hotel – just 10 minutes drive from the airport. Albury is also on the train line between Sydney and Melbourne.

Mildura: Airport is just 15 mins from our accom – an easy taxi ride or we will do a shuttle run in our bus on the rest day (Thu 8 Mar). There are lots of flights out – most flights go to Melbourne with connections to other cities but there is one flight direct to both Sydney and Adelaide with Rex Airlines. If you are arriving for stage 3, fly in any time on Thu 8 Mar and head to the hotel where we will meet you. We may even be able to pick you up from the airport.

Victor Harbor/Adelaide: We will arrange a shuttle transfer on Sat 17 Mar to Adelaide Airport. Cost: $66 pp includes person, luggage and bike. Adelaide Airport is approximately 1 hr 15 mins drive from our hotel. We are planning a 9:30am departure from the hotel so we suggest booking flights home after 12 noon.

Contact us about your travel plans and we will help you with your options.

Bike mechanical assistance provided

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

Sharing rooms – how does it work?

On the online entry form you can nominate any travelling companions that you would like to share a room with and/or be accommodated close to so that couples or friends can be grouped together. This can be in a double bed or in twin beds. If you are travelling alone like many of our riders, Single Supplement is available for those who would like their own room for the whole trip. On some tours you can also choose to ‘twin share’ where single riders are paired with other riders of the same gender and changed at each accommodation to create interest in sharing rooms. On other tours you may need to put your name down on a Twin Share Request List and we will try to match you up. If you are a snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we suggest booking your own room. If you are coming on your own and have booked in as twin share, this usually means that you will share a room with one other single twin share traveller, however in some cases we may have larger rooms (eg. two bedroom apartment or a B&B/house with multiple bathrooms) where we may have 3 or 4 single twin share travellers together.

Travelling alone?

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

Snorers can enjoy their own room

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

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.

Speak to a past client

We will be happy to give you the names and telephone numbers of people who have participated in the ride or a similar ride to the one which you are considering. Where possible we will provide you with the details of someone within your city or state.
Another good place to look is our ‘Testimonials’ page.

Group discounts

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

Group info session

Contact us if you would like to find out about booking an info session for your group of friends, or if you would like to find out about a travel talk happening near you in the future. Be inspired, hear from the experts, learn more about a destination and even book your tour on the night.

Weather

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

Changing or cancelling a tour

We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for all our Australian rides at the time of deposit and ensure that it includes coverage for cancellation fees if for some reason you are not able to travel. For our international tours we require all participants to have Travel Insurance to assist you in the event of a medical emergency, lost baggage, personal liability, cancelled tour or any other trip related issues.
Should you wish to change your booking with AllTrails to a different tour, there will be a very reasonable service charge. We try to keep this figure as low as possible to allow flexibility where we can as we want to make sure that you get on the right tour for you. For cancellation and refund policies for your tour click the ‘T&Cs’ tab on the relevant tour page of our website.

What sorts of people join our rides?

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

Packing tips

We recommend you bring a soft bag or backpack. We advise against bringing a suitcase as they are bulky, difficult to stow on board vehicles or trailers and heavy. You may be required to lift or carry your own luggage from time to time, e.g. into accommodation. We expect your bag to be no heavier than 15kg, making it easy to manage for you and the staff. Any excess luggage may need to be stored or forwarded on to your final destination at your own expense. Information about what to pack is included as part of your Pre-Departure information. Generally we advise that you pack as light as possible.

Bike type – which is best?

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

Training for AllTrails tours

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

Bike Hire

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

Buying a new bike – what to consider

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

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

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

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

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

Why book with us?

We only run approximately 10 tours per year. This makes every tour as special to us as it is to you because we are not repeating the same rides over and over again week-in week-out. Every tour is meticulously planned and we are just as excited to be there as you – there is no bulk production-line here! On most occasions the owner-operators of the business will be on tour with you looking after everyone on the ride.  The safety and confidence that comes with that is one of many great reasons to book your cycling holiday with us.
AllTrails is a proud Australian owned company with a great reputation in the bicycle tour industry. We have earned that reputation through hard work and dedication and we sincerely care about every person on every tour. Our large community of loyal AllTrails riders that keep coming back year after year are testament to the high standard of tours that we provide. We consider ourselves the best in the business and we always make sure that our tours represent great value at a fair price.

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