Great Ocean Rode Luxury Bike Tour 2015

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Great Ocean Rode Luxury Bike Tour 2015

Includes 'Around the Bay' event entry

Thursday 08 October, 2015 to Sunday 11 October, 2015

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

This year we are actually extending this ride all the way to Adelaide, so not only do you have the opportunity to take part in this great 4-day tour from Warrnambool to Melbourne, if you have a bit more time you can start the ride with us in Adelaide for a 9-day tour through the expanses of South Australia, crossing the border into Victoria, along the Great Ocean Road and finish as a part of the legendary Around the Bay event. More info on the full ride from Adelaide here.

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

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

Great Ocean Rode
Luxury Bike Tour 2015

Date :
8-11 Oct 2015
Duration :
4 days, 3 nights.
4 actual ride days.
0 rest days.
Distance :
Ave. Daily :
Bike Type :
Road or hybrid bike
Terrain :
Bitumen roads. Undulating coastal roads & a few hills.
Group Size :
Accom  :
Cyclist-friendly motels & guesthouses
Meals  :
3 bfast, 4 lunch, 2 dinners, daily morn & a/noon tea
Difficulty Grading :
7/10. One day with significant hills and one day of 129km
Price :
Deposit :
  • Ride the Great Ocean Road with full support vehicles
  • See the ‘Twelve Apostles’ Marine National Park on the Shipwreck Coast
  • Overnights at Port Campbell, Apollo Bay and Queenscliff
  • Views of pristine sandy white beaches at the base of steep rocky cliffs
  • Cycle past wild ocean surf and through deep thick forest
  • Be a part of one of Australia’s premier cycling events ‘Around the Bay’
This magnificent jaunt along the best of the Great Ocean Road starts on Thu 8 Oct and finishes as part of the exciting Around the Bay bike ride on Sun 11 Oct. In between is the bike ride that you have always wanted to do, and that you will remember forever.

We will guide you along the internationally renowned Great Ocean Road for 3 days, winding past The Twelve Apostles (or is it eight now?) and around popular beach resort towns that are the home of the surfing revolution. The pounding surf against limestone cliffs is the perfect backdrop for some power pedalling, climbing hills and descending through thick forest from Warrnambool to Port Campbell, to Apollo Bay to Queenscliff.

After our last overnight stop at Queenscliff you will take the ferry across the bay to Sorrento to join the 15,000 plus cyclists in one of Australia’s premier cycling events ‘Around the Bay’. The final 100km leg will see you ride proudly in through the finish arch at Alexandra Gardens to the festival atmosphere at the finish line that this famous ride generates.

Got more time? Check out the longer ride from Adelaide to Melbourne.

AllTrails Great Ocean Rode Luxury Bike Tour

What has been said about previous GOR tours:

Absolutely fantastic, brilliantly organized & supported four day tour. I just cannot express the personal satisfaction, joy, and sheer pleasure in being able to do that ride. All of it made possible by the marvelous support, planning, care & good old fashion ‘Aussie’ attitude of the ALLTRAILS CREW and the easily made friendship, comradeship of the entire cycle group. I have never before met such a marvelous group of people. Thanks for my memories that will last a life time & also just in case I do have a “Seniors” moment the many fantastic photographs supplied by Alltrails at the end. John A (NSW)

Thanks so much for a wonderful experience. A personal Best for me – 400km in 4 days! Such magnificent riding, along with some wicked weather! It was a delight to think that all I had to do with my day, was hope on my bike and ride, with complete confidence that the support – both front and rear – was always there. I feel your generosity of time and spirit was much appreciated; and are to be recommended highly. Would love to join you on another ride soon. Gabby (VIC) 

Please pass on my thanks to Susan, Rachel, Phil and Ben for a fantastic tour. The personalized, professional and ‘no fuss’ attention to detail approach by the All Trails Team made a great trip into a fantastic trip. I’ll be back for more next year. I have been wearing my [AllTrails] Jersey while being out and about and also in the Gong ride just over a week ago, love the hi-vis colours. Every time I wear it someone asks me ‘which ride did you do’…..’how are Susan and Phil’… it’s also a highly recognized jersey. See you on the Road. Rod (NSW)

Kiwis abroad Dad and I would like to thank Susan, Phil, Ben and Midge for a wonderful ride. We decided to head over to Aussie for a change of scenery. We took our own bikes with us which was very easy and hassle free. We couldn’t fault the food, accommodation or help we received along the way. So any kiwis wanting to head over you will have a great time. The great ocean road is a great ride. Thank you AllTrails Lex and Peter (NZ)

I was very pleased with the standard of accommodation and foods on offer. The support you gave was exceptional. Really, what more could I have asked you do do. The cheerful banter and the challenges of rides, winds in the face, some hard climbs were there on the days, but the best feature was the group’s friendliness with an effort to be at the stops on time. David (NSW)

Just a short note to say a Big Thank You to all for the wonderful Great Ocean Rode ride; the care and attention to details and logistics put into it are all appreciated. After 15 years in this business, you must have thought out just about every possible eventuality, but it is great that everything went well without a hitch.Once again, many thanks, and wishing you all best for the future. Hoe Yoon C (Malaysia)

I have meant to write to you since finishing the Great Ocean Rode to tell you what a fabulous experience it was. The support, the location, the food! the people – all the people – participants and organisers! Makes me want to do more rides!Mel E (ACT)

Thanks Susan, Phil and Ben for a really enjoyable trip. Great food, accommodation, and support during the trip. My cycling improves each trip with Alltrails and I always have a good time. Jean (NSW)

Hi Midge, Phil, Susan and Ben, Thank you so much for another fantastic bike ride!  It’s great to just ride and know everything will be wonderfully organised, safe and fun.  I’m looking forward to the Great Vic in only a few week’s time and all the European riding with you next year. Thank you once again for everything. Mary-Anne C, (VIC)

Dear Phil and Susan, Thank you for all your efforts to make the 2012 Great Ocean Rode so rewarding. Challenging? Undoubtedly. Enjoyable? Immensely so. To you and your team, Thank you. Geoff F (VIC)

To all the team at Alltrails, my sincere thanks for making my first cycling tour with you such a wonderful enjoyable fantastic event, it certainly exceeded my best hopes and has fuelled my appetite for more. Well Done. Best Wishes Colin N (VIC)


Imagine waking up in the early daylight and looking around a comfortable motel room and wondering where you are. Is it Port Campbell, Apollo Bay or Queenscliff? It doesn’t matter! You want to get up and start another day in the AllTrails Great Ocean Rode 4-day bike ride, cycling through some of the most beautiful parts of Victoria.

The food breaks, morning tea, lunch and afternoon snack are set times enabling all riders to plan their day and the amount of time required to enjoy the sights and attractions along the way. Lunch is a great time to relax, refuel your body and chat to your friends, be it in a famous bakery, a country pub, down by the sea or a mountain stream. Cyclists move off at their own time and pace, knowing the distance and terrain ahead and aiming to arrive at the overnight stop around mid afternoon.

Your accommodation is excellent, the best available. You check in then a cuppa and snack and shower or soak in the bath, or perhaps a spa or sauna, till you wrinkle. Explore the surroundings, go for a walk, share a cool drink with friends or simply relax. It is your life, it’s your ride, enjoy it.

A briefing for all cyclists at 6pm before the evening meal is always interesting, finding out what happened that day, and a run down on the sights and special attractions to look out for the next day. Lots of laughs and stories are shared before we settle down to a good healthy meal and a few drinks. Bedtime is not far away, where you put your head down in salubrious surroundings, remembering the day and dreaming of tomorrow.

The camaraderie developed on a bike ride like this lasts a lifetime.

Meal and accom inclusions noted as B, L, D, A (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation)

Melbourne (train to Warrnambool) to Port Campbell -- 69km -- Thu 8 Oct 2015 -- L D A
What a package! Your four day Great Ocean Road Luxury Bicycle Tour starts at Southern Cross station just after 7am on Thursday where you catch the train to Warrnambool. You will arrive at approximately 11am where you will meet up with the AllTrails crew and cyclists riding from Adelaide on our longer tour. We all saddle up and ride a scenic 20km to Allansford Cheese Restaurant and Museum for lunch, then before you know it you will be cycling the world famous Great Ocean Road. The grandeur of the Bay of Islands is stunning with sheer cliffs of limestone and rolling surf that will awaken your senses and fill you with exhilaration as you ride to Port Campbell in the heart of this shipwreck coast. Tonight we have a great motel and will all enjoy an evening meal together so that you can get to know the group as you absorb the magnificent seaviews and sunset.
Port Campbell to Apollo Bay -- 96km -- Fri 9 Oct 2015 -- B L A
Leaving Port Campbell early, you rise above the cliffs to the unforgettable view and golden colours of Loch Ard Gorge and then the legendary Twelve Apostles Marine National Park. This is truly one of the most iconic locations in Australia and we will have plenty of time for a photo in front of the famous rocks before you pedal on past Princetown where the road leaves the coast for a while, cutting across the southern tip of land, Cape Otway. As you leave the ocean you begin climbing through the forest to the renowned Lavers Hill, deep in the Otway Ranges. This hill is a challenge for most riders and it is your choice to ride it, try it, or hop in the bus. Lunch at the top of Lavers Hill is a good refuelling stop with a few more ups and downs to come after lunch. The roller coaster ride on today’s route will allow you magnificent views of the ocean before descending into Apollo Bay with its many restaurants and cafes for you to choose for your evening meal.
Apollo Bay to Queenscliff -- 129km -- Sat 10 Oct 2015 -- B L D A
This is it! The last stretch of the Great Ocean Road is squeezed between massive vertical cliffs and thunderous waves. An early morning start awakens your senses as the wild seas smash against the rocks below. Today is the longest day on our 4 day tour so get into your rhythm and keep pushing as you take it all in.  You try to concentrate, but it’s hard with hang gliders overhead and breathtaking views all around including many koalas that make their home in the gum trees around here (sometimes crossing the road for a new tree and a better view). This is very exciting ride as you climb up and down around the cliff faces, marvelling at the scenery, punctuated by inlets and villages like Lorne, Anglesea, then our lunch stop Torquay, famous for their world surfing championships. We cycle through Ocean Grove before passing Point Lonsdale where you can view the dramatic scenery from high points along the ocean foreshore overlooking The Rip. This notorious ship entrance to Port Phillip Bay, where ocean and bay waters collide through a kilometre-wide channel, creates one of the world’s most dangerous stretches of water. We finish the day in Queenscliff, a charming and cosy historic seaside village on the Bellarine Peninsula, with its elegant Victorian-era hotels, stately churches and quaint fishermen’s cottages situated on the mouth of Port Phillip Bay. Tonight we stay at the luxurious Vue Grand Hotel and get together to celebrate your journey over the last 3 days along the Great Ocean Road, enjoying some laughs, stories and a nice dinner and drinks before heading to bed ready for your final day as a part of the Bupa Around the Bay event tomorrow.
Queenscliff (ferry to Sorrento) to Melbourne -- 100km -- Sun 11 Oct 2015 -- B L
Today is the day where our small riding group becomes 15,000! We join the hugely popular ‘Around the Bay’ bike ride starting with an early morning ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento followed by our last 100km push to Melbourne. Beach Road becomes a cycle path for thousands of eager riders from all walks of life during this annual event that finishes in Alexandra Gardens in Melbourne City. There is a truly festival atmosphere at the end of the ride as you pass through the finish arch where the bands are playing, the tents are up and bikes and people are everywhere. Congratulations – what a ride!


  • Three nights in great bike-friendly accommodation
  • Meals – 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Entry fee into Bicycle Network’s ‘Around the Bay’ 135km option
  • Official BUPA Around the Bay cycling jersey
  • 1st class train from Melbourne to Warrnambool
  • Ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento
  • Daily morning & afternoon teas
  • Phil and Susan McDonald Tour Guides & AllTrails owners
  • Ben Weigl Tour Guide
  • Support and safety vehicles
  • Bike mechanic
  • Massage therapist

Pricing Schedule

  • Deposit ($400)
  • Progress Payment 30 days after deposit (adding up to 50% of your package cost)
  • Balance 8 Aug 2015

For bookings made after 8 Aug, full balance is due upon booking.

8 Aug
4 day GOR tour package
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (double bed or two beds)
4 day GOR tour package
SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room)
9 day Adelaide tour package
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (double bed or two beds)
9 day Adelaide tour package
SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room)
Early bookers travelling on their own can book a twin share package and we will try to partner you up with somebody else of the same gender travelling on their own. This twin share offer closes 2 months before tour departure (8 August). After this date contact us to see if we can match you, if not you will need to book a single room.

Optional Extras

Pre and post tour accom. Coming from overseas, interstate or outside Melbourne? We can help you out with booking a hotel before and after your tour. The hotel is close to the train station for the start of the ride on 8 October where you catch the train to Warrnambool, and just a short ride from Alexandra Gardens at the end of the ride. We can transfer your luggage to the hotel at the end of the ride which is all included in the price below.

Early bookers travelling on their own can still book a twin share room in pre or post accom and we will try to partner you up with somebody else of the same gender travelling on their own. This twin share offer closes 2 months before tour departure (8 August) – after this date contact us to see if we can match you.

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

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

‘Around the Bay’ jersey. This tour includes the official Around the Bay cycling jersey. See the website here to work out your correct size.

Pre Tour Accom in Melbourne Wednesday 7 Oct
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (double bed or two beds)
Includes room only accommodation and all booking fees
Pre Tour Accom in Melbourne Wednesday 7 Oct
SINGLE ROOM (one person with own room)
Includes room only accommodation, all booking fees and luggage transfer
Post Tour Accom in Melbourne Sunday 11 Oct
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (double bed or two beds)
Includes room only accommodation, all booking fees and luggage transfer
Post Tour Accom in Melbourne Sunday 11 Oct
SINGLE ROOM (one person with own room)
Includes room only accommodation, all booking fees and luggage transfer
AllTrails t-shirt, subsidised significantly by AllTrails. $20 AUD
Famous orange AllTrails cycling jersey, subsidised significantly by AllTrails. $35 AUD
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.

Airport transport to Southern Cross Station

The Skybus goes from Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport and goes to Southern Cross Station. You can take your bike on the Skybus and it also has free shuttles to CBD hotels.  More info at

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’.

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:
  • 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.

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 spend significant time and effort obtaining great accommodation in the best location for you to rest your weary head (and legs) in each town whether it be a motel, hotel, resort, cabins or B&B – usually 3.5 to 4 star. We choose the best and most welcoming motel for cyclists and our tour group needs. On occasion we travel through very small towns or locations where accommodation is limited. If for whatever reason 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 phone, money 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 part-time riders and usually non-riders as well depending on their tour plan.


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.

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 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.

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 25mm, 28mm or 32mm width. Generally the wider the tyre the more comfortable, but check how wide a tyre your rims, forks and frame can accommodate before purchasing.

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.

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.

Getting to and from the tour (Great Ocean Road)

ARRIVING G.O.R. tour: Our meeting place is Southern Cross Station, Melbourne early (approx 6:30am) on Thursday morning. If you are staying close to Southern Cross Station you will just need to cross the road with your luggage and bike to meet us at the station (we have some hotel suggestions if you need them). If you have a car you may be able to leave your car at the hotel for the duration of the tour at a rate set by the hotel – enquire direct with the hotel. Please contact our office about other car parking options if required.

DEPARTING: The ride will finish on Sunday in St Kilda (5km from Melbourne CBD). You will have a 100km ride starting at 9am from Sorrento. It is possible to catch a plane home that evening (Sunday), however we suggest that you do not book anything earlier than 6pm if possible just in case you are delayed for any reason during your ride (flat tyres, weather, injury, mechanical problems etc). Staying in Melbourne on Sunday night will give you more leeway if that is possible for you.

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.

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