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Great Vic Bike Ride 2013 AllTrails Luxury Package

Mt Gambier to Geelong via the GORSaturday, 23rd November 2013 - Sunday, 1st December 2013

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What is the AllTrails Luxury 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: Quality 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 75% of places each year are taken by past clients.
Great Vic Bike Ride 2013 AllTrails Luxury Package - Mt Gambier to Geelong via the GOR
Dates : 23 Nov 2013 - 1 Dec 2013
Duration : 9 days, 8 nights.
8 actual ride days.
1 rest days.
Distance : 610km
Ave. Daily : 77km
Bike Type : Road Bike, Mountain Bike, Hybrid
Group Size : 90
Accomm. : Good quality motels, resorts or BnBs
Meals : Daily cyclist-sized breakfasts and afternoon tea (lunch/dinner included in BNV ride fee)
Deposit : $400

About the AllTrails Luxury 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 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.

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 legendary scenery of South West Victoria including parts of the world renowned Great Ocean Road. Combined with our full accommodation package with luggage transfer, massage, friendship and comfy beds, you will enjoy your week even more!

Great Ocean Road Bike Tour

The 2013 ride: Starting for the first time in South Australia, the ride takes you from the rugged terrain of Mount Gambier, along the famous ‘Shipwreck Coast’, winding around the Great Ocean Road and into the lush hills of the Otways with a rest day at Port Campbell and the Twelve Apostles. Wind your way down the Surf Coast with the chance to slow down for a swim at world-famous beaches like Lorne, Torquay and Bells before the final day from Torquay into Geelong. With panoramic scenery and full support all the way, this will be a ride to remember.

Book now: 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 sourced 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 Package, then book your ride on the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride on the Bicycle Network Victoria site.

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 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.

Testimonials
SATURDAY, 7TH DECEMBER 2013
Written by Cyclist

AllTrails cyclist feedbackDear Susan, Phil, Ben, JB and Midge, Thank you all so much for AllTrails adding such value to my 2014 GVBRide. It was good to meet you and finally taste the AllTrails experience after all these years. As a 'senior citizen' I was delighted to be able to access the AllTrails Luxury package...the package you put together was varied and most enjoyable. Having my own bedroom, toilet and shower (without queuing) was sublime . And where a bath was available it was truly luxurious. Each arvo I would crank up the aircon and, having washed my cycling kit, leave it to dry in my snug nest..I don't believe that I could do that in a tent....So thank you for your fine blend of administrative and organisational skills combined with plain old hard work and cycling smarts. It gave me a seamless worry free tour knowing that all the details would be taken care of by All Trails, whether it be the bus pick ups from the end of the ride to my motel and vice versa, the AllTrails bike corral, the afternoon teas, massages...and friendly personal support. I have already booked my place on the AllTrails Luxury package for the 2014 GVBR so that is a fine endorsement...a returning client who received service beyond expectations! Jeremy (VIC) GVBR 2013

SATURDAY, 7TH DECEMBER 2013
Written by Cyclist

Hi Phil and Susan, I would like to thank you for a fabulous tour. Your organisation and attention to detail was first rate. I enjoyed the Alltrails experience and have already been recommending it to friends. Many thanks Deb (VIC) GVBR 2013

FRIDAY, 6TH DECEMBER 2013
Written by Cyclist

Alltrails reviewHi Phil, Susan, Ben and Midge, Frank and I enjoyed the GVBR and really appreciated the support you provided to us. I thought Frank had booked an accommodation package but it was much more. The fact this was not the case gave me the confidence I could complete the ride as I had only started cycling this year and this was the first time I had participated on any cycling event. From day 1 at Mount Gambier it was great to know that we were going to be well supported by massages, good healthy food, Phil and Ben's cycling expertise and Susan's organisational skills. JB's skilful care of our bicycles was an added bonus. Thank-you again. Jane (VIC) GVBR 2013

THURSDAY, 5TH DECEMBER 2013
Written by Cyclist

AllTrails bike tours feedbackHi Phil Susan Midge Ben & JB, Yet again another great ride brilliantly supported by all the Alltrails friendly & efficient team . A week to be remembered supported by a great team. Thank you Alltrails. Paddy (QLD) GVBR 2013

THURSDAY, 5TH DECEMBER 2013
Written by Cyclist

AllTrails bike tours feedbackCongratulations to all the AllTrails staff for handling such a big contingent of riders so well and still giving us individual attention: as usual we had a really enjoyable tour. Jumping into a dry bus and heading for a warm room surely beats camping after a cold, wet day in the saddle. Thought Ben and JB did a super job with the bikes, especially helping to pack them at the finish. Robyn & John (QLD) GVBR 2013

THURSDAY, 5TH DECEMBER 2013
Written by Cyclist

AllTrails bike tours feedbackHi guys, I want to thank you for making this years great vic one i won't soon forget:) I really appreciate everything you did for us, i was very pleased with our accommodations too:) Maureen (VIC) GVBR 2013

WEDNESDAY, 4TH DECEMBER 2013
Written by Cyclist

testimonial picOrganisation and communication excellent. The hosts Phil Susan and Ben were great. Made all feel welcome. The mechanicals with JB and Ben very good. The massages in the afternoons were wonderful, certainly helped my ageing protoplasm cover the distance. The ice breaker dinner at Mount Gambier was good. Breakfast together in Port Campbell nice opportunity to share the stories of the road so far. Moving the various participants around the accommodation was good for meeting other All Trailers. Suggestions for dinners useful. Thanks for a great trip. Haydn (TAS) GVBR 2013

WEDNESDAY, 4TH DECEMBER 2013
Written by Cyclist

AllTrails bike tours feedbackHello to you all, This was my first time with Alltrails doing the GVBR but it certainly wont be my last! I was very impressed with how well organised everything was, the accommodation was fantastic I must say! I can't thank you enough for a fabulous trip with a group of wonderful people, everyone on your team were professional, enthusiastic and a great help with any questions I had. It's a trip I wont forget. Susan (VIC) GVBR 2013

WEDNESDAY, 4TH DECEMBER 2013
Written by Cyclist

AllTrails bike tours feedbackHi Phil, Susan, Ben and Midge, Thank you once again for your excellent service and good company during the Great Vic. I found it a tough Great Vic this year and without your quiet support I am pretty sure I would have abandoned. Instead, I got to challenge myself then have my bike and my muscles looked after. I loved experiences like soaking in a tub, tasting cheese made within metres of the grazing cows, being the first guest of a lovely new B&B, meeting people who lived in my suburb, learning about the trains that used to work on rail trails and hearing the rain on a tin (not tent) roof. No doubt our paths will cross on one ride or another :-) Mary-Anne (VIC) GVBR 2013

WEDNESDAY, 4TH DECEMBER 2013
Written by Cyclist

AllTrails bike tours feedbackHi All, Thanks once again for providing an unforgettable experience. How do you do it? All the time you are friendly, helpful and have time for everyone. You deserve a bit pat-on-the-back and a well-earned rest. I had a great time, enjoying the ride, the atmosphere and the friendship. I look forward to next year and hope time permits me to participate in another AllTrails adventure during the year. Gwyn (VIC) GVBR 2013

WEDNESDAY, 4TH DECEMBER 2013
Written by Cyclist

Thanks so much a very cool calm and [collected] team of professional tour leaders! Great [job] done. Thanks Sandy (VIC) GVBR 2013

WEDNESDAY, 4TH DECEMBER 2013
Written by Cyclist

AllTrails bike tours feedbackHi Phil , Susan and team, Thanks for a Fabulous great Vic! I have never been disappointed in an AllTrails organised event and you certainly kept that reputation for this one. Al, Audi and I had a great time together and were grateful you coordinated our accommodation so we could all get to the beer truck together after the ride! Greg (NSW) GVBR 2013

WEDNESDAY, 4TH DECEMBER 2013
Written by Cyclist

Many thanks for your efforts over the past week. You made a great event even better and we enjoyed it very much. John (VIC) GVBR 2013

SUNDAY, 1ST DECEMBER 2013
Written by Cyclist

Thank you chaps. We had a fabulous time. We plan to do the ride next year and will contact you soon. Cheers Ethne and Ron (SA) GVBR13

SUNDAY, 1ST DECEMBER 2013
Written by Cyclist

I thought you did an excellent job of organizing this trip...hope to see you all again, Cheers! Susyn (USA) GVBR 2013

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.

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.

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 with a massage and perhaps have your bike looked over by our mechanic. The rest day on the RACV Great Vic ride this year is at the township of Port Campbell which is 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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