Cycle Queensland 2015 AllTrails Luxury Package
Darling Downs Loop (Toowoomba)
Saturday 05 September, 2015 to Sunday 13 September, 2015
- Accom & Breakfast: Quality accommodation to help you rest easy after your day’s ride, and a hearty breakfast in the morning.
- CQ Made Easy: For those who prefer not to camp with the crowds or brave the weather for 9 days.
- Luggage Transfer: Directly between motels each day. Carefully handled in of our vehicles. No extra charge.
- Massage: Trained massage therapists after the day’s ride to work on those tired legs to get you ready for the next day. Included.
- Private Bike Mechanic: Not just for repairs! Tune-ups, bike-fittings, hints and tips about your cycling and your bicycle. No charge for general servicing.
- Small Group Intimacy: All the benefits of the big event, but still part of an intimate group. Many of our riders have made friends for life on these rides.
- Good Old Fashioned Service: Ben and the crew really do look after you! That’s why 75% of places each year are taken by past clients.
BONUS: Mates Rates Group Discounts. Group discounts for 3 or more cyclists.
|Cycle Queensland Bike Ride 2015 AllTrails Luxury Package Darling Downs Loop (Toowoomba)|
|Dates:||5-13 September 2015|
|Duration:||9 days, 8 nights. 8 actual ride days. 1 rest day.|
|Ave. Daily:||71 km|
|Bike Type:||Road Bike, Mountain Bike, Hybrid|
|Terrain:||The ride is relatively flat, with a few undulating sections. A route profile will be available in early 2015|
|Accom.:||Quality motels, hotels, BnBs|
|Meals:||Daily cyclist-sized breakfasts and afternoon tea (lunch/dinner included in event fee)|
|Price:||$2290 twin share|
More up-coming rides:
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About Us: Our luxury package has been operating successfully since 2004 and our cyclists say that they are getting better every year. These accommodation packages run alongside the annual State Cycling Bodies’ large participation rides such as the Great Vic Bike Ride and Cycle Queensland Ride. On these cycling holidays there could be anywhere from a thousand to a few thousand riders who camp every night over the week. For those who do not want to camp and carry their luggage, we organise this luxury support and accom package that becomes a ‘ride within a ride’ and it won’t take long for you to mix in with a great group of people to enjoy your week with.
Our Relationship with Bicycle Queensland: We are proud of our history in partnering with Bicycle Queensland on this Cycle Queensland ride and we are pleased to be the official provider of the ‘Luxury Package’ option where we source some great accommodation (close to the campsites wherever possible) and provide a nice comfy bed, luggage transfer, massage therapist and bike mechanic to make your ride that extra bit easier and enjoyable. It also takes the weather out of the equation to a large degree for the week long ride.
Cycle Queensland Ride: Cycle Queensland is all about having fun – both on and off your bike! You don’t need to worry about cooking meals, transporting luggage or navigating from town to town because all your needs are taken care of. You will find all levels of riding ability on this tour from experienced riders, to the part-timers, to the first-timers, to the families and everything in between. If this sounds like you then check out the Bicycle Queensland website here and, of course, if you prefer to recover with a massage and a bed rather than pitching a tent and dealing with the elements, then that is where we step in…
We carry your luggage door to door, arrange the motels, transport you back to the event campsite for evening meals and entertainment, massage those legs and keep your bike rolling. We are here to make your week as easy and enjoyable as possible. So make your booking for our Cycle Queensland Luxury Support and Accom Package now via the ‘Book this Ride’ button above.
Note that you also need to book separately for the CQ ride on the Bicycle Queensland website (additional cost).
AllTrails cyclists sit down for a group dinner on the Bicycle QLD ride:
Motels, Massage & Luggage Transfer
Wake up every morning in a nice comfortable bed, enjoy breakfast in your motel before heading out on the day’s ride. Ben and the AllTrails crew will transfer your luggage directly from your motel to your next motel or BnB. After you have completed your day’s challenge on the Cycle Queensland Bike Ride, relax upon arrival at your motel, enjoy afternoon tea and the services of our massage therapist then perhaps have our bike mechanic look over your bike for a few tips or minor adjustments that you could make to improve your ride.
All of these services are part of this total luxury support package, not to mention the social interaction and camaraderie that is always a highlight for those on our packages. In the evening our bus will take you to and from the nightly dinner and entertainment at the event campsite, or we may organise a group dinner, or you may wish to lash out in style and have a meal at the motel or a local restaurant with new friends. Off to bed for a great night sleep before doing it all again tomorrow.
Meal and accom inclusions noted as B, L, D, A (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accom)
Be quick – nearly sold out!
|Package||Book after July 5|
|8 night package TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (double bed or two beds)||$2290|
|8 night package SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room)||$2970|
|First 3 nights package TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (double bed or two beds)||$910|
|First 3 nights package SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room)||$1165|
|Last 5 nights package TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (double bed or two beds)||$1480|
|Last 5 nights package SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room)||$1905|
|Pre tour accom & bfast Toowoomba. Thu 3 Sep. TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (double bed or two beds) ***Companions price only. No twin share matching on this night***||$120 pp|
|Pre tour accom & bfast Toowoomba. Thu 3 Sep. SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room)||$195|
|Pre tour accom & bfast Toowoomba. Fri 4 Sep. TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (double bed or two beds)||$120 pp|
|Pre tour accom & bfast Toowoomba. Fri 4 Sep. SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room)||$195|
|AllTrails Coach Transfer Brisbane Airport to Toowoomba start of ride. Thu 3 Sep only. Afternoon (exact time TBA). Cyclist and bike. Approx 2 hrs.||$50|
|AllTrails Coach Transfer Toowoomba end of ride to Brisbane Airport. Sun 13 Sep only. Depart approx 12-1pm. Cyclist and bike. Approx 2 hrs.||$50|
|AllTrails t-shirt. Good quality – subsidised significantly by AllTrails.||$20|
|Famous Orange AllTrails Cycling Jersey – subsidised significantly by AllTrails.||$35|
|Hard Case Bike Box Carriage $10/day||$80|
|Soft Bike Bag Carriage $3/day||$24|
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.
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:
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 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.
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 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.
We try to obtain the best accommodation in the best location for you to rest your weary head (and legs) in each town whether it be a motel, hotel, resort, B and B, cabins or similar. We choose the best and most welcoming motel for cyclists and our tour group needs, usually 3½ – 4 star, or perhaps 3 star on occasions when we travel through some very small towns and villages where accommodation is extremely limited. Accommodation is in same town as the main ride campsite, otherwise in the nearest town where accommodation is available. 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.
If you are coming on your own and have booked in as twin share, this usually means that you will share with one other single twin share traveller, however in some cases we may have larger rooms (eg. two bedroom apartment or B&B with multiple bathrooms) where we may have 3 or 4 single twin share travellers together.
We suggest you carry your own personal goods, like camera, wallet, perhaps rain gear if it’s threatening. We carry your main luggage to your accommodation each morning once you have departed. Our vehicles are not allowed on the event cycle route so you will not have access to your luggage during the day so you will need to take everything that you need for the day with you in the morning. Your luggage will be available to you once you check into your accommodation or shortly after.
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’.
Cyclists will be given specific maps, detailing where their overnight motel is situated and how best to ride there from the finish. In the case that your accommodation is not nearby the finish you have the option to leave your bike in our AllTrails compound near front gate of the campsite. We will take you to motel, bring you back for dinner at the campsite if you wish and return you to motel then bring you back to collect your bike the next morning.
If your accommodation isn’t near the day’s ride finish point, AllTrails will set up a compound with a storage rack at the main entrance gate to the camping area. Although security guards are present all night, we suggest you carry a lock as your bike is your responsibility. From the compound we will transfer you to your motel and back.
After breakfast, your luggage will be collected from your motel and delivered to your next allocated motel. It will be left in the foyer or safe storage area and this is usually where you will leave it again in the morning for collection. Day Sheets will have collection times stated for each day.
The massage therapist is complimentary and will be available most afternoons. To be fair to everyone, we have limited the massage time to ten minutes for each person which allows most people a massage on most days – it is not designed to provide a massage every day to every person. We ask that riders be fair and share this luxury around, allowing the late arrivals to get their fair share of massage time. In some towns where we are using three or four motels, the massage therapist will usually be at the motel where the most cyclists are accommodated – massage locations will be listed in your Day Sheets. Bookings can only be made on the day after your arrival at the motel by writing your name in an available 10-minute time slot. We try to allow everyone 4-5 massages during the week, sometimes more. Names will be ticked off, but please speak up if you are somehow missing out.
The great thing about going on a mass ride such as this one is that there are many cyclists with a wide range of abilities and fitness levels. You can pretty much go at your own pace and enjoy the ride at your own speed. More details on training and preparation are on the ride event website.
You can choose to have your evening meal at the main ride campsite/HQ, your motel, a local restaurant, hotel or wherever. If you wish, our bus will pick up motel cyclists around 5-6pm to take them to the campsite for dinner and return to motels usually at 8pm. Special times will be arranged for motels that may be further out – your Day Sheets will have specific information for each individual day.
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