3 Days & 2 Nights in Luxury 2015
RACV Resort Premium Ocean View Rooms
Thursday 26 February, 2015 to Saturday 28 February, 2015
Mornington & Bellarine Peninsula
We have some great rooms available to us at the Cape Schanck RACV Resort on the Mornington Peninsula and have put together a 3 day cycle tour from Stony Point to Geelong to take advantage of these wonderful rooms at this top class resort.
At an average of 50 km/day, this tour is very achievable at short notice for most cyclists – give us a call if you would like to talk through the ride details.
We organise everything that you will need for the duration of the tour including accommodation, massage therapist, food, safety and support vehicles, bike mechanic, massage, luggage transfer, the best tour guides in the business, and much more – you will be looked after every push of the way.
BONUS: Mates Rates Group Discounts. Group discounts for 3 or more cyclists.
3 Days, 2 Nights in Luxury
2 or 3 actual ride days.
1 optional rest day.
On Thursday 26 Feb, make your way to Stony Point on the Mornington Peninsula by 9.15am (see ‘Day to Day’ for more details on how to get to Stony Point). You will meet cyclists arriving off the ferry from Phillip Island who have been on our ‘Two Bays on a Bike‘ tour since Monday. Highlights on the Peninsula are many as you cycle the coast through quaint townships & sea-side villages. Dramatic scenery, lovely cycling on picturesque low-traffic roads will lead you through to the RACV Cape Schanck Resort where you will spend two nights in luxury.
On Friday you can choose to have a rest day to make use of the many facilities of the resort or see some of the many local attractions such as the famous Peninsula Hot Springs, or you can choose to take a morning ride up the famous climb, Arthurs Seat, and enjoy the resort in the afternoon.
On Saturday, ride to Sorrento before taking the ferry across Port Phillip Bay to Queenscliff where you can make your way along the Bellarine Rail Trail (or road) to Geelong to catch the train back to Melbourne.
Experience all of this with the renowned AllTrails support and care, as you enjoy the thrill of having cycled through some of the most stunning country that Victoria has to offer.
What was said about last year’s tour (also check out the ‘testimonials‘ tab for more):
I would like to say how much I enjoyed my first All Trails experience – the inaugural Two Bays on a Bike. Congratulations to Phil, Susan, Ben and [Midge] for an extremely well organised, informative and enjoyable tour (apart from some hills) both pre, during and post tour. For me it was a personal satisfying challenge. The detailed information sent out prior and the easy to read and informative day sheets were just so good. Not to mention the expertness and cheeriness of our three Tour Guides accompanying the group. Our accommodation and meals were all terrific. The massages were a special highlight after a day in the saddle. I would have no hesitation in recommending your tours to others for a great experience. Thank you very much – All Trails is the BEST. Sincerely, Bev (VIC)
I had an absolutely wonderful time on the trip and will definitely be doing another one some time. We made some lovely new friends and the whole trip was a great adventure. It was so well organised and the accommodation and food just SO good…I will be back for more. Lesley (WA)
Thanks to each and every one of you for the best 6 days. Absolutely loved every day and still can’t believe that I actually did it, especially that last hill! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Lauris (VIC)
Had the most fabulous time on the 2 Bays on a Bike – and now I’m hooked! Thank you again for all your help in making sure things went smoothly and easily for me. Kahren (QLD),
The ride was truly a good experience, enjoyed each day. thanks again. Pat (VIC)
Hello Susan, Phil and Ben! Many thanks for doing such a good job in supporting us on the Two Bays on a Bike ride. I enjoyed it very much, and valued your hard work in ensuring that everything ran smoothly. John (NSW)
This is a great opportunity to ride through the Mornington and Bellarine Peninsulas
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, down by the sea or next to a trickling creek.
Your accommodation is excellent – a true luxury stay at the RACV Cape Schanck Resort. Check in and enjoy a cuppa and snack before a shower, or soak your legs in the bath, or perhaps a spa or sauna. Explore the surroundings, go for a walk, share a cool drink with friends or simply relax. It’s 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, sleeping like a bear in hibernation, and dreaming of tomorrow.
Meal and accom inclusions noted as B, L, D, A (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accom)
We will meet you at Stony Point Station and get you set up and ready to go on day one cycling parallel to the coast through beautiful coastal towns and past stunning properties and landscapes. The road undulates with a few hills up and down which are short but testing as you come into the small town of Flinders for lunch before the last stretch along the south coast and one final climb to the Cape Schanck RACV Resort.
Congratulations all round on a great effort by all. Our mechanic is on hand to help pack away your bikes and we board the train to Southern Cross Station Melbourne where you will meet the AllTrails crew to collect your luggage. What a ride!
|3 days/2 nights TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (double bed or two beds)||$1175 AUD|
|3 days/2 nights SINGLE ROOM (one person with own room)||$1395 AUD|
|Famous Orange AllTrails Cycling Jersey, subsidised significantly by AllTrails||$25 AUD|
|AllTrails t-shirt, subsidised significantly by AllTrails||$10 AUD|
|Hard Case Bike Box Carriage ($10/day)||$20 AUD|
|Soft Bike Bag Carriage ($3/day)||$6 AUD|
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.
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.
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:
- 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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’)
- Under the calendar click ‘Confirm availability’ (don’t worry about what package is selected)
- Click ‘book now’ under the date of the ride start (highlighted orange)
- Click the ‘Skip’ button at the bottom of the optional extras page
- Scroll to the bottom of the questions page and click ‘terms and conditions’ hyperlink