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RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride 2012 Luxury Support and Accommodation

Lakes Entrance to Phillip IslandSaturday, 24th November 2012 - Sunday, 2nd December 2012

Our 8th year as official luxury support package suppliers to the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride!
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    What is the AllTrails Luxury Support and Accommodation Package all about?

    We are there to support your personal challenge and endeavour on the ride. We make it as easy for you as possible with...

    Nightly Accommodation: Good quality country motels or B&Bs to help you rest easy after your day's ride for those that prefer not to camp with the crowds.

    Luggage Transfer: Directly between motels each day. Carefully handled in of our vehicles. No extra charge.

    Massage: Trained massage therapists are available at no charge after each day's ride to work on those tired legs to get you ready for the next day.

    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: Phil, Susan, Ben and the crew really do look after you! That's why up to 75% of our places each year are taken by past clients.

    RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride 2012 Luxury Support and Accommodation - Lakes Entrance to Phillip Island
    Dates : 24 Nov 2012 - 2 Dec 2012
    Duration : 9 days, 8 nights.
    8 actual ride days.
    1 rest days.
    Distance : 590km
    Ave. Daily : 74km
    Bike Type : Road Bike, Mountain Bike, Hybrid
    Group Size : 50
    Accomm. : Good quality country accommodation
    Meals : Daily cyclist-sized breakfasts and afternoon tea (lunch/dinner included in BNV ride fee)
    Cost: : 9 Days from $2250
    Deposit : $200

    A week in another world - Spend a week in another world and take on the challenge of participating in this year’s RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride. This year's route takes you through the diverse beauty of Gippsland – at the perfect pace to enjoy it – over 9 days, 3 days or 1 day.  Starting at Lakes Entrance and finishing at Phillip Island, you'll ride along the magnificent Grand Ridge Road, through misty forests, lush farmland and friendly country towns.  With hundreds of fellow riders to share the journey, and full support all the way, you won’t want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Combined with our full accommodation package with luggage transfer, massage, friendship and comfy beds, you will enjoy your week even more!

    About the AllTrails package: Our package (previously known as the Pheels Phantastic package) has been operating successfully with the Bicycle Network Victoria ride since 2005 and it is getting better every year.  On these cycling holidays there could be anywhere up to three to five thousand riders who camp every night during the ride.  For those that prefer not to camp and would like to be part of a more intimate group,  we organise a motel and massage package for around 50 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.

    Group Meal: On the first night in Traralgon (rest day town), we have arranged a two course group meal which is included for all cyclists on the 8 night package and an optional extra cost for those on the shorter packages (subsidised by AllTrails to just $50). Established in 2001, Neilsons Restaurant, under the guidance of Executive Chef and owner Lewis Prince, is recognised as one of Gippsland's leading fine dining restaurants. In 2007 Neilsons became the first Restaurant in the Latrobe Valley to be awarded the coveted Chefs Hat and has been the recipient of The Age Good Food Guide Chefs Hat from 2008-2011.

    Our Relationship with Bicycle Network Victoria: We are proud of our long history in partnering with Bicycle Network Victoria on many cycling activities over the years and we are pleased to be the official provider of the 'luxury accommodation package' option on these rides where we source some great accommodation close to the campsites (where possible) and provide a nice comfy bed, luggage transfer, massage therapists and bike mechanics to make your ride that extra bit easier and enjoyable.

    RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride 2012: Bicycle Network Victoria have again picked out a great route in South East Victoria for the Great Vic in 2012.  Start off in beautiful Lakes Entrance and follow the spectacular Grand Ridge Road southwest towards Phillip Island where the ride finishes. You will find all levels of riding ability on this journey, 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 Network Victoria 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 been able to source some great accommodation in and around the tour towns to stay each night and, of course, our massage therapist and bike mechanic will be there to help get you over the line each day.

    So book now for the AllTrails Luxury support package, then book your ride on the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride on the Bicycle Network Victoria site.

    ADDITIONAL INTERESTING LINKS:

    Link to Bicycle Network Victoria's Promo Video for 2012

    Looking to spend a bit more time in Gippsland? Try the 'Snowgums to Seaweed' tour run by our friends at Snowy River Cycling which runs just before the RACV Great Vic Bike Ride.

    Testimonials
    FRIDAY, 7TH DECEMBER 2012
    Written by Cyclist

    "Alan and I would like to thank you all for a great trip. We both really enjoyed ourselves every day and the whole ride certainly exceeded my expectations. Being finished every day by 12 noon was good for recovery too. We really appreciated all the care, attention and genuine concern shown by you all, it was fantastic to know that we were being looked after so well. It was our first time to do the ride and we didn’t really know what to expect, but now we are very enthusiastic indeed, and have praised AllTrails to anyone who will listen. I am certain we will be back again at some stage." Jennifer D (WA) Great Vic Bike Ride AllTrails Package 2012

    THURSDAY, 6TH DECEMBER 2012
    Written by Cyclist

    "Phil & Susan, Thanks for the opportunity to give you feedback. We had the best time with your Tour and would highly recommend it to others. Obviously you are passionate about guest feedback and use it to make a better product each year! Let me finish by saying I felt well cared for, totally comfortable knowing you were covering the ride and looking out for me. I also think the price was excellent value for money." Garry H (VIC) Great Vic Bike Ride AllTrails Package 2012

    THURSDAY, 6TH DECEMBER 2012
    Written by Cyclist

    "Thank you once again for a fabulous experience. Really loved the country side, and the accommodation." Carol H (VIC) Great Vic Bike Ride AllTrails Package 2012

    THURSDAY, 6TH DECEMBER 2012
    Written by Cyclist

    GVBR "Well, this year's ride was excellent as usual. Your planning and execution is amazing and very little goes wrong. And when things go astray, you handle them with professionalism and efficiency. You clearly have a very loyal client base that should see you in business for many years to come." David G (VIC) Great Vic Bike Ride AllTrails Package 2012

    THURSDAY, 6TH DECEMBER 2012
    Written by Cyclist

    great vic bike ride testimonial"Dear Susan / Phil / Ben and the massage team, I cannot express my gratitude to you strongly enough. I so appreciate everything you did to assist both Andrina and myself [on the ride]. I personally could not have coped without you all, and I am so very glad we opted for your AllTrails package. I would recommend you to anyone (and did so whenever asked on the trip!)." Mandy G (VIC) Great Vic Bike Ride AllTrails Package 2012

    THURSDAY, 6TH DECEMBER 2012
    Written by Cyclist

    "As I said to Susan I think, this is the best thing I’ve done for ages, so very happy." Ben W (VIC) Great Vic Bike Ride AllTrails Package 2012

    THURSDAY, 6TH DECEMBER 2012
    Written by Cyclist

    great vic bike ride testimonial"Hi Phil, Susan and Ben, Thank you all very much for the great organisation and help for the past week. It made the ride all that more enjoyable. Please also thank the massage guys as well...especially Adrian. Please book us in for next year." Mike & Wendy (VIC) Great Vic Bike Ride AllTrails Package 2012

    THURSDAY, 6TH DECEMBER 2012
    Written by Cyclist

    great vic bike ride testimonial"Again thanks for the effort the whole AllTrails team put in helping this years group. It certainly was very much appreciated." Larry L (VIC) Great Vic Bike Ride AllTrails Package 2012

    THURSDAY, 6TH DECEMBER 2012
    Written by Cyclist

    great vic bike ride testimonial"Once again a job well done by the AllTrails team. Thankyou. Breakfasts were spot on. Susan's arvo tea is also spot on and is enjoyed as often I had lunch at 9am. Don't change this as I feel that this is something that is special to AllTrails. Looking forward to next year." Gwyn W (VIC) Great Vic Bike Ride AllTrails Package 2012

    THURSDAY, 6TH DECEMBER 2012
    Written by Cyclist

    "...a very well run and coordinated tour by Alltrails." Gordon L (VIC) Great Vic Bike Ride AllTrails Package 2012

    THURSDAY, 6TH DECEMBER 2012
    Written by Cyclist

    "A big thank you from Liz and myself. You showed so much love and care for us all which made it easier (for me at least) to undertake the physical challenge. We will certainly be back for next year’s ride." Alan H (VIC) Great Vic Bike Ride AllTrails Package 2012

    THURSDAY, 6TH DECEMBER 2012
    Written by Cyclist

    great vic bike ride testimonial"Thanks Phil, Susan, Ben and team for such a successful trip. As usual your management was first class and I hope to book for 2013. Hope you all have a happy Christmas." Brian C (QLD) Great Vic Bike Ride AllTrails Package 2012

    SUNDAY, 2ND DECEMBER 2012
    Written by Cyclist

    great vic bike ride testimonialTo ensure we enjoyed our first GVBR we chose the safe option of being looked after by AllTrails and, of course, it was even better than we expected. Susan, Phil and Ben, thankyou for taking all the hard work out of our trip which allowed us to ride, ride, ride and have a great time. John & Robyn (QLD) Great Vic Bike Ride AllTrails Luxury Package 2012

    Question not answered below?

    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.

    Massage Therapist

    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.

    What does the bike mechanic provide?

    A bike mechanic will be part of our crew and is there to help you with minor adjustments and servicing of your bike and will have a good stand pump for different valves. 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 and advise our mechanic.

    Luggage delivery

    Your luggage will be delivered from your previous night’s motel, to your allocated motel. It will be left in the foyer or safe storage area. For 2-day package cyclists, your luggage will be taken from the motel and placed on truck number 1 after your stay with us, for your pick up at day’s end.

    What is the Accommodation like?

    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.

    Sharing rooms – how does it work?

    On the online entry form you can nominate any travelling companions that you would like to share a room with and/or be accommodated close to so that couples or friends can be grouped together. This can be in a double bed or in twin beds. If you are travelling alone like some of our riders, you can choose to 'twin share' where single riders are paired with other riders of the same gender and changed at each accommodation to create interest in sharing rooms. Single Supplement is also available for those who would like their own room for the whole trip. If you are a chronic snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we suggest booking your own room.

    When do I receive more information about the ride?

    Our cyclists will be given detailed maps of overnight townships, showing your motel, HQ campsite, luggage pick up area and cyclist pick up point, directions and other finer details approximately one month before the commencement of the ride.

    Bike security

    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.

    Getting to your Motel?

    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.

    Do I need to carry anything or is all my gear transferred?

    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. You will not have access to it 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.

    What sorts of people join our rides?

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

    Where is the rest day and what do we do?

    Your rest days are designed give you a chance to recharge the batteries and give your legs a rest. Unless there is a particular reason to do so, we generally do not organise any group activity for your rest days but you are welcome to team up with other riders to explore the local area, or you can simply relax at our accommodation. The rest day on the RACV Great Vic ride this year is at the township of Traralgon. You can make the most of your time of rest and explore Traralgon's wide tree-lined streets, beautiful gardens and spacious parklands. The town is the region's entertainment capital with alfresco dining at cafes and restaurants, and thriving pubs and clubs. It's also the perfect place for a relaxing holiday - what a great place to spend your day off during this week-long ride.

    How and when can I book?

    Right here, right now. Click the 'Book Your Place Today' button, or call us in the office on +61 3 9645 3355 or email alltrails@alltrails.com.au for more information.

    Do I need insurance to join the tour?

    Obtaining appropriate insurance is your (very important) responsibility.

    *** Travel Insurance for lost deposits and cancellations ***

    www.travelinsurancedirect.com.au/

    www.travelinsurancecover.com.au/

    Lost deposits: We very strongly recommend you take out travel insurance for your trip. This should include cover for cancellation fees, lost deposits, and stolen or lost luggage. We cannot emphasise enough how important this is. There are many unforeseen reasons why cyclists may need to withdraw from a ride - injury, health, weddings, business, personal and many more. Cancellation fees can be a major financial loss to you and as a small business we need to adhere to our cancellation policies. Please go to the ride page on our website for your ride and click the 'Terms & Conditions' button to see the ride's cancel policy (note that most travel insurance policies will not include your bike as luggage so that may need to be covered under your home contents insurance or under a specialist bike insurance).

    Travel Insurance: Domestic travel insurance cover tends to be significantly cheaper than international cover (approx $50 for one week). Above are two websites that offer both international and domestic travel insurance that you can look at. You can also speak to your local travel agent, or often airline booking websites will offer travel insurance as an optional extra as you book your flight.

    *** Cyclist insurance for accidents & medical ***

    http://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/join-in/91741/

    http://www.bq.org.au/join/insurance/

    This is also very strongly recommended. We cannot emphasise enough how important this is. Cycling can be a dangerous activity and you must be prepared for the worst. You may have an accident in training for the ride, on the ride itself, or cycling down to the corner dairy. If you are a cyclist coming on our tour you should be 100% prepared for the unexpected.

    Cyclist insurance can be bought separately, or it comes with cycling memberships such as Bicycle Network Victoria or Bicycle Queensland. If you are involved in a crash or collision they will support you with personal injury costs, loss of income, third party liability insurance, assistance in completing your claim paper work & free legal consultation.

    Life Insurance and TPD Insurance (often paid through your superannuation), and Private Health Insurance are also worth considering.

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