Great Vic Bike Ride 2016 AllTrails Luxury Package
Grampians & Great Ocean Road
Sunday 27 November, 2016 to Sunday 04 December, 2016
- Accom & Breakfast: Quality accommodation to help you rest easy after your day’s ride.
- Great Vic Made Easy: For those who prefer not to camp with the crowds or brave the weather for 8 days.
- Luggage Transfer: Directly between motels each day. Carefully handled in of our vehicles. No extra charge.
- Massage: Trained massage therapists available at no charge to work on those tired legs and bodies.
- Private Bike Mechanic: Not just for repairs! Tune-ups, bike-fittings, hints and tips about your cycling and your bicycle.
- Small Group Intimacy: All the benefits of the big event, but part of an intimate group. Many of our riders have made friends for life on these rides.
- Good Old Fashioned Service: Phil, Susan and the crew really do look after you! That’s why 75% of places each year are taken by past clients.
|Great Vic Bike Ride 2016 AllTrails Luxury Package Grampians & Great Ocean Road|
|Dates:||27 Nov – 4 Dec 2016|
|Duration:||8 days, 7 nights. 7 actual ride days. 1 rest day.|
|Ave. Daily:||75 km|
|Bike Type:||Road Bike, Hybrid, Mountain Bike|
|Group Size:||100 approx (nearly full!)|
|Accom.:||Good quality motels, resorts or BnBs|
|Meals:||Daily cyclist-sized breakfasts and afternoon tea (lunch/dinner incl. in event fee)|
|Price:||this ride has passed|
Terms & Conditions
Full terms and conditions for each ride are available via our booking system (directions to find them are below). These terms and conditions will also be sent to you with your confirmation email after booking.
To find the terms & conditions of this ride:
- Click any ‘Book This Ride’ button on this webpage such as the one below (right click ‘open in new tab’)
- Enter at least 1 participant on any package, then scroll down and click ‘BOOK NOW’
- Click the ‘SKIP’ button
- Scroll to the bottom of the questions page and click ‘terms and conditions’ hyperlink
More up-coming rides:
- Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld – famous for its top class accommodation and award winning restaurant.
- South Grampians Cottages, Dunkeld – log cabins with cosy fires, modern kitchens and comfortable beds and sofas.
- Aquila Eco Lodges – rated one of the 10 top destinations in Victoria by Tourism Victoria, multi tourism award winner, a retreat designed in harmony with the environment certified as a “Green Travel Leader” by Ecotourism Australia.
- Waves, Port Campbell – Intimate boutique-style luxury accommodation with warm country hospitality and city chic sophistication in the contemporary and architecturally designed suites.
- Waterfront Motor Inn, Apollo Bay – ranked #1 on Trip Advisor, opposite the Apollo Bay main beach with ocean views enjoyed from the top floor guest rooms.
- Bells Estate, Bellbrae – self contained luxury cottage style accommodation with indoor solar heated pool.
- Great Ocean Road Resort, Anglesea – boutique 4-star ‘coastal chic’ accommodation with modern facilities.
- Vue Grand, Queenscliff – iconic and historic 32 room boutique hotel located in the main street of Queenscliff since 1881.
(These hotels are some of the highlights of the package – please note that not all cyclists will necessarily stay in all of the accom mentioned above as some are small hotels which will not fit our entire group).
2017 Accommodation Highlights
About the AllTrails Luxury Package: Our package has been operating successfully with the Great Vic Bike Ride since 2005. The ‘Great Vic’ is a legendary cycling holiday with three to five thousand riders who camp every night during the ride. For those who love the event but prefer not to camp and would like to be part of a more intimate group, we organise a luxury package for around 50-100 cyclists which really becomes a ‘ride within a ride’. Such is the enjoyment that the cyclists get from being a part of the package that up to 75% of our places each year are taken by past clients.
Book now: If this sounds like you, then check out the Bicycle Network website here and, of course, if you don’t feel like pitching a tent at the end of the day and you feel that you may need to recover in a nice comfy bed each night, then that is where we step in… we have sourced some great accommodation in and around the tour towns to stay each night and why not enjoy a few massages during the week (included) or have our bike mechanic give your bike a ‘once-over’ to help get you over the line each day. So book now for the AllTrails Luxury Package, then book your ride on the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride on the Bicycle Network site (separate costs).
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. Phil, Susan 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 RACV Great Vic Bike Ride, relax upon arrival at your motel, enjoy afternoon tea and perhaps have our bike mechanic look over your bike for a few tips or minor adjustments that you could make to improve your ride. Why not take up the services of our massage therapists a few times during the week to give your body that extra support to take on the event’s challenges.
All of these services are part of this 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 can 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)
|7 night package AUD TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (dbl bed or 2 beds)||$||$|
|7 night package AUD SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room)||$||$|
4 night package (start of ride) AUD
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (dbl bed or 2 beds)
|4 night package (start of ride) AUD SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room)||$||$|
3 night package (end of ride) AUD
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (dbl bed or 2 beds)
|3 night package (end of ride) AUD SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room)||$||$|
|Pre tour (Halls Gap) accom & bfast. Sat 26 Nov. TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (double bed or two beds)||$|
|Pre tour (Halls Gap) accom & bfast. Sat 26 Nov. SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room)||$|
|AllTrails Coach Transfer Melbourne to start of ride – cyclist and bike. Sat 26 Nov only. Depart approx 9am||$|
|AllTrails Coach Transfer from end of ride back to Melbourne – cyclist and bike. Sun 4 Dec. Depart approx 12-1pm.||$|
|Premium Package Option (per person cost) Upgraded accom where poss (extremely limited, early bookers only)||$|
|AllTrails t-shirt. Good quality – subsidised by AllTrails.||$|
|Famous Orange AllTrails Cycling Jersey – subsidised by AllTrails.||$|
|Soft foldable bike bag carriage $3/day||$|
|Hard case & unfoldable bike box carriage $10/day||$|
What people said about previous years:
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 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.
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.