"A little more than an hour's drive north-west of Melbourne, the mostly rolling hills of this part of Victoria are a cyclists' dream. Riding the quiet roads through scenery of lush green grass, shady gums and grazing animals brings an almost intense appreciation of the area. It's a way of slowing down to smell the roses and, after a few days, it leaves all the senses heightened." Read More here.
What was said about last year's ride by the cyclists (check out the 'gallery' tab below for photos):
"Phil, Sue and Ben, We all had a great time. The organisation, routes, post-cycling activities and the support team was fantastic. My friends are so pleased that I suggested that they come on the tour. Nicky and I had our expectations met ... We endorse your organisation as very professional, easy to deal with, reliable and a pleasure to be with - good people. What we also enjoyed was the company of the other riders. Phil is right when he says that cyclists are usually of a certain type and they can be relied on to be good company." John W (NSW) Daylesford Rideaway Weekend 2011
"A thoroughly enjoyable break from work and nothing better than exploring the lovely country side around Daylesford , perfectly briefed by Phil, well fed by Sue , great mechanical tips from Ben and good company. Thanks to everyone." Colin W (NSW) Daylesford Rideaway Weekend 2011
"Loved the whole thing, also Ben did a bike fit for me, and that has been a success, and as usual Susan and Phil are great hosts. Made new friends, some of whom I will see again on the Great Vic Bike Ride." Helen G (VIC), Daylesford Rideaway Weekend 2011
"Phil and Susan, what a great ride, lots of challenges and fun. You thoroughly spoilt us and the lunch breaks each day were something to look forward to. Hope to do this again next year!" Carol H (VIC) Daylesford Rideaway Weekend 2011
"Thank you again for a great long weekend. We both thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to be back with you soon." Susan & Greg L (NSW) Daylesford Rideaway Weekend 2011
Come and spend four days away with us on this bike tour that takes in the best that central Victoria has to offer. We will be staying in the spa capital of Australia, easily accessible from both Melbourne and Geelong. Drive yourself or jump onto our bus on Friday to get the most out of your weekend.
Goldfields cultural heritage
Excellent Daylesford accommodation
Flavoursome cuisine in one of the state's best wine regions
Quaint villages, with photogenic shopfronts and old miners cottages
Rest up with a visit to the therapeutic waters of Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa (included)
Our bike rides are always well organised, with plenty of useful and accurate information including ride profiles sent to you in advance. The routes that we will be taking provide stunning scenery and will be fully supported providing the safest riding conditions possible and a bike mechanic for assistance if ever you need it (or simply want to keep your fingers clean).
We average approx 80km per day but shorter routes are available for those that want to take it a bit easier. Non-riding partners can even just come up for the weekend and spend some time looking around the shops and local area from our motel which is located in the heart of it all - entry to the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa is also included for non-riders.
This is a special part of the country and a terrific place to ride a bike. Come along by yourself, with a group or with a partner and meet a collection of like-minded cyclists which provides for a great team spirit and an unforgettable long weekend.
We organise everything that you will need for the duration of this 4 day rideaway tour, including accommodation, food, safety and support vehicles, bike mechanic, and much more.
Check out what was said about last year's ride...
'Phil, Sue and Ben, We all had a great time. The organisation, routes, post-cycling activities and the support team was fantastic. My friends are so pleased that I suggested that they come on the tour. Nicky and I had our expectations met ... We endorse your organisation as very professional, easy to deal with, reliable and a pleasure to be with - good people. What we also enjoyed was the company of the other riders. Phil is right when he says that cyclists are usually of a certain type and they can be relied on to be good company.' John W (NSW)
'A thoroughly enjoyable break from work and nothing better than exploring the lovely country side around Daylesford , perfectly briefed by Phil, well fed by Sue , great mechanical tips from Ben and good company. Thanks to everyone.' Colin W (NSW)
'Loved the whole thing, also Ben did a bike fit for me, and that has been a success, and as usual Susan and Phil are great hosts. Made new friends, some of whom I will see again on the Great Vic Bike Ride.' Helen G (VIC)
'Phil and Susan, what a great ride, lots of challenges and fun. You thoroughly spoilt us and the lunch breaks each day were something to look forward to. Hope to do this again next year!' Carol H (VIC)
'Thank you again for a great long weekend. We both thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to be back with you soon.' Susan & Greg L (NSW)
Meal and accommodation inclusions noted as B, L, D, A (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation)
DAYLESFORD, CLUNES to DAYLESFORD, 85 or 48km Saturday, 3rd November 2012
L D A
Day 1: Come up the night before to extend your get away or join us in the morning. We will meet today at 9:30am and head off on our first ride at 10:00am which takes you through spectacular scenery with exhilarating descents and open pastures to Clunes, one of Victoria's most authentic towns where we stop for a beautiful lunch at the local cafe. Clunes has a classic 'early Australia' look about it and has been used in many films to capture the era. This day's loop returns through dairy country back to Daylesford, were we will be for the next three nights. The town still holds the charm of the great gold mining town that it became in the eighteen hundreds, with grand buildings like the Post Office and Town Hall. The mine is today a beautiful lake and the surrounding mineral springs are comfortable baths to soothe tired legs.
Enjoy an evening meal with the group and some new friends (included).
DAYLESFORD, HEPBURN REGIONAL PK to DAYLESFORD, 84 or 54km Sunday, 4th November 2012
B L A
Day 2: Today we cycle past old hotels and alpaca farms along quiet bitumen roads to Newstead, a quaint little town beside the Loddon River. If you like, visit the Cricket Museum where willow cricket bats are manufactured. Then we ride on to the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa where we invite you to spoil yourself in the warm therapeutic waters - all included in your weekend package. Massage and pamper packages are available at additional cost. Once rested and wonderfully relaxed we will transport you and your bike the last 5 kms of uphill back to the open fire at our accommodation and you are free to enjoy the local cuisine of your choice for your evening meal.
DAYLESFORD, KYNETON to DAYLESFORD, 79 or 44km Monday, 5th November 2012
B L D A
Day 3: On Monday we head in the opposite direction, with a few climbs through forest and grazing land, visiting Trentham and the lovely railway station. We have lunch in the historic town of Kyneton, that begun as a town in 1836 and quickly grew as it became a stopover for teamsters who drove their horse or oxen drawn wagons up to Bendigo. It became a town of note when gold was found nearby and the grand buildings of that time still stand today.
After lunch we return through small villages to Daylesford where we have a group dinner (included) tonight and another great day of cycling ahead of us tomorrow.
DAYLESFORD to DAYLESFORD, 60 or 40km Tuesday, 6th November 2012
Day 4: Today we head south into the Wombat State Forest in the Great Dividing Range. Dairy farms, potato farms and rolling countryside add interest to this quiet cycle tour through the verdant wonderlands of this part of central Victoria.
We get back with plenty of time to enjoy lunch, socialise, and get home to watch the Melbourne Cup, or perhaps arrange for the group to pull into a pub and cheer for another popular early means of transport as it races around Flemington Racecourse. Join us in the Australian tradition of a Melbourne Cup sweepstake after a brilliant weekend full of fun, new memories and, of course, new friends.
Congratulations - what a ride!
FRIDAY, 9TH NOVEMBER 2012
Written by Cyclist
"Thank you AllTrails for wonderful 4 days in and around Daylesford! Awesome work Ben, Dan and Adele! Lovely people, cycling, food, spa!"Jo B (NSW)Daylesford & Goldfields Bicycle Tour 2012
THURSDAY, 8TH NOVEMBER 2012
Written by Cyclist
"Thanks to all at Alltrails for a lovely long weekend at Daylesford. Beautiful cycling, lovely company, excellent food and nice weather. Ben, Dan and honorary Alltrails crewmember Adele (doesn't she sound like Shirley Valentine) all looked after us well. Now - just 5 months until Melbourne to Kosciusko! Simon W (Vic)Daylesford & Goldfields Bicycle Tour 2012
WEDNESDAY, 7TH NOVEMBER 2012
Written by Cyclist
"Thanks, we had a good time on the ride, well organized, great food and support."Jean S (NSW)Daylesford & Goldfields Bicycle Tour 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.
How fit do I need to be and what training is required?
If you have a good level of general fitness, are in good health and are a reasonably keen cyclist that is prepared to do some additional training you shouldn’t have a problem with our tours. As a guideline you should be able to comfortably ride at 20 km/h on the flat with consistency more important than speed.
The Daylesford Ride is a great ride for couples or friends that may be at different levels of cycling ability, or singles that perhaps want to test themselves before riding a full distance AllTrails tour. The cycling terrain is challenging enough for those who want to push themselves, but we also cater for those that only want to ride partial distances, or do not want to ride every day. We can take you up the big hills or give you a head start to make the day's ride easier where required.
Build your kilometre total distance in training, to gradually attain about 80 km a day for 2 days straight if you intend to do the full distance each day. A training outline will be sent to you in your pre-tour info pack so that you get the most out of your ride. In situations where you cannot complete a particular section of the ride for any reason we will always have support vehicles to transfer you and your bike.
What is the Accommodation like?
We do everything possible to get great accommodation that is up to our AllTrails standard. Our motel is a 3.5 star heritage listed motel in a great location with character and charm.
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 roomed together. This can be in a double bed or in twin beds. If you are travelling alone like many of our riders, you can choose to 'twin share' where single riders are paired with other riders of the same gender. Single Supplement is also available for those that 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.
Can I bring a non-riding partner?
Yes, why not make a weekend of it? Partners can come to play golf or spend some time looking around the shops and local area from our motel which is located in the heart of it all - accommodation, breakfast, 2 dinners, afternoon tea and entry to the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa is all included in the non-riding partner price.
I have a group who would like to know more. Can I book an 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.
What type of bike is best?
A comfortable racing bike, road bike or touring bike with a good seat and road tires with slick or near slick tread. A hybrid or mountain bike is also possible if you are used to riding these distances and speeds on it.
Can I rent a bike?
Yes, you can rent a bike. We often have overseas riders coming to Australia, or interstate riders that would rather not take their bike around Australia on a plane.
We will be able to help you out with organising bike hire through our local contacts near our office in Melbourne. When you make your booking just let us know that you would also like to hire a bike and we will get the ball rolling for you and put you in touch with the right people.
You can also bring your own seat and/or pedals to give you that little bit of 'home comfort'.
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 'Generate Itinerary' button.
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.
Do I need to carry anything?
We suggest you carry a spare tube, full water bottle and your own personal goods such as camera, wallet, perhaps rain gear if it’s threatening. We carry your day packs, food & extra water.
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.
Do I need insurance to join the tour?
Travel Insurance for lost deposits and cancellations:
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 (including your bike). We cannot emphasise enough how important this is. There are many unforseen 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.
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.
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.
I am coming from another country, what do I need to know?
Welcome! Traditionally most of the clientele on our rides have been from Australia or New Zealand, but we also have had many riders from USA and UK/Europe. You just need to make sure that your passport and visas are in order and check the cost of transferring your bike to Australia, or rent one here.
Is the riding safe?
We have a great safety record and do our best to inform motorists so that they can drive accordingly, however cyclists have to play their part in keeping well over to the left. We have support vehicles on the road showing 'Caution Cyclists' signs and a ‘tail end Charlie’ (vehicle following the last rider) with a flashing beacon to warn traffic about our cycling group. You will also be briefed before each day's ride pointing out parts of the road that may get narrow or have any known hazards.
Accidents - who can help?
We have a great safety record, but accidents can happen. We have comprehensive First-Aid Kits with trained 1st aiders as tour guides and drivers, mobiles and a satellite phone for emergency calls and the locality of hospitals in the areas that we travel through. We also have vehicles that can take anyone injured or sick for further treatment.
What if I need to change or cancel my tour?
We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for all our Australian rides at the time of deposit and ensure that it includes coverage for cancellation fees if for some reason you are not able to travel. 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 any other trip related issues.
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 ‘Book Your Place Today’ button on the relevant tour page of our website and scroll down for Conditions of Contract.
Brochure. How can I get one?
You can download an AllTrails brochure from our homepage, otherwise contact us with your postal address and we will mail you a copy.
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