How fit do I need to be to participate in Annual Tour? Do I need to be a fast rider?

Annual Tour involves riding distances of between 50km and 100km each day. The average is about 50-60km.
Whilst you don't need to be an elite athlete you will need to have a reasonable level of fitness to manage the full distance of approximately 500km over 9 days.
You can ride at your own pace each day and rest assured that our support team won't leave anyone behind.
If you're not sure how long it will take you to ride a certain distance you can refer to the comparison chart below to get a rough idea. Please note that these times do not take into account additional time spent at refreshment stops, taking photos, sightseeing, etc.

We strongly recommend that you make the effort to plan and execute a suitable training schedule in the weeks leading up to the tour. Check out our My Training info sheet for more information.

Where does the ride start and finish?

Annual Tour 2019 will start in Cowell and finish at Port Lincoln

Check-in for the start will be at the Cowell Community Sports Complex, North Tce, Cowell

The tour will end at The Ravendale Community Sports Complex, 40 Stamford Tce, Port Lincoln

What time is check-in on the first day?
From 6.45am for those taking the coach transfer from Adelaide to Cowell. The coach leaves at 7.30am - journey time is approx 8hrs

From 9.30am for those taking the coach transfer from Port Lincoln to Cowell.
The coach leaves Ravendale Community Sports Centre at 10am, the Port Lincoln Hotel in the city centre at 10.30am and the Port Lincoln airport at 11.00am - journey time is approx 2hrs

From 11.00am for those driving directly to Cowell.
More details will be advised prior to the event

I'm coming from interstate. Am I able to fly directly to Port Lincoln and get a bus transfer to Cowell

Yes, but you will need to connect via Adelaide.
Qantas and Rex both fly limited services from Adelaide to Port Lincoln but use much smaller planes with only 50 and 34 seats respectively. Additional luggage limits may apply to these flights and you may need to consider having your bike shipped directly to Port Lincoln ahead of your journey.

Bike SA will also be offering the option to transport your bike from Adelaide to Cowell separately on Saturday 21 Sept. You will need to ensure that your bike has arrived at Bicycle SA office in Adelaide no later than COB on Friday 20 September.

You should consider flying into Port Lincoln on Friday 20 September or earlier as there are limited flights arriving in Port Lincoln on Saturday morning.

The will be an optional bus transfer from Port Lincoln to Cowell on Saturday 21 September Price = $100pp
Departs @ 10.30am from Port Lincoln city centre or 11.00am from Port Lincoln Airport. Arrives in Cowell at approx. 1.00pm. Bookings essential.

More information regarding bus transfers between Port Lincoln and Cowell can be found in FAQ's further below.

You will also need to make your own accommodation arrangements in Port Lincoln if flying in or out a day or two before or after the tour.

Is there a coach transfer to get to the start in Cowell or from the finish in Port Lincoln?
Yes, there are several transfer options as outlined below

Adelaide to Cowell on Saturday 21 September $120.00
Departs @ 7.30am from Bicycle SA office, 53 Carrington St, Adelaide. Arrives in Cowell at approx. 2.30pm

Port Lincoln to Cowell on Saturday 21 September $100.00
Departs @ 10.00am from Ravendale Community Sports Centre, 10.30am from Port Lincoln city centre or 11.00am from Port Lincoln Airport. Arrives in Cowell at approx. 1.00pm

Port Lincoln to Adelaide on Sunday 29 September $140.00
Departs @ 8am Arrives at Bicycle SA office in Adelaide at approx. 4.30pm

Port Lincoln to Cowell on Sunday 29 September $100.00
Departs @ 8.00am Arrives in Cowell at approx. 10.00am

The cost of coach transfers are per person and include the transport of your bike

Please arrive early to check in, load your bags and bikes onto the transport vehicles and find your bus seat
Note that travel times are approximate and will depend on traffic, roadworks, time at rest stops, etc. If you are planning to fly out of Adelaide on the same day please book flights departing as late as possible.

Do I need to put my bike in a box for the coach transfer?

It is not necessary to pack your bike into a box for the coach transfer. We have plenty of cardboard/blankets to cushion the transported bikes. You may, however, have to turn the handlebars and / or remove the pedals, depending on the available space.

How much luggage can I take?

The total luggage allowance is 25kg but individual luggage items must not exceed 14kg (it's easier and safer to pack two lighter bags than one big bag). Excess baggage fees apply up to a maximum of 28kg. See the My Gear info sheet for more detail. If flying to Adelaide please take time to check your airline ticket/baggage restrictions.
Take time to view the following article - Flying with your bike: Tips from a baggage handler

Do I need to supply my own tent and sleeping bag/mat for camping?

Yes, the accommodation on Annual Tour is camping and you do need to supply your own tent, sleeping bag and inflatable mattress - Check out My Gear - What do I need to bring along?
When you arrive in the campsite at the end of each day you'll need to collect your luggage/tent from the luggage truck and set up your own tent. The next morning you pack everything up and take it back to the luggage truck for transport to the next destination.

Can I hire a tent for Annual Tour?

Yes, you can purchase one of our Deluxe Camping packages when you register for the tour - includes a spacious 2 person tent that you can stand up in and a self inflating mattress for each person. The tent is even set up and packed down for you each day. All you have to do is roll into camp, collect your bags from the luggage truck and settle in to your allocated tent. The price is per tent so you can split the cost with your tent buddy if you are sharing. Numbers are limited and usually sell out quickly.

Will there be cabin accommodation available on-route?

There may be the option of extra cabin/pub/B&B/motel accommodation in some places on route for riders to organise for themselves. However please be aware that accommodation options are limited in many places and tend to book out quickly. You are more than welcome to do a combination of tent/cabin accommodation for the trip if you wish to have a few nights of luxury!
Note: You are responsible for arranging transport of your luggage between the overnight campsite and any offsite accommodation.

How many meals are included in my registration fee? Do I need to pay for any meals?

The Annual Tour registration fee includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on most days.

The following meals are NOT included:

  • Breakfast and Lunch on Day 1 - Sat 21 Sept.
  • Lunch on the Rest Day at Coffin Bay - Thurs 26 Sept
  • Lunch and Dinner on Day 9 - Sun 29 Sept ...... Annual Tour finishes after breakfast in Port Lincoln
Does Annual Tour cater for special dietary requirements?

We shall do our utmost to cater for riders who have specific dietary requirements, i.e. vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, lactose intolerant, low fat, etc.
For those riders who have more specific dietary needs including low FODMAP, Paleo and food allergies, please feel free to contact us with any concerns you may have.
Call 8168 9999 or send your queries to office@bikesa.asn.au

What sort of bike should I take?

The Annual Tour is generally a roady ride, but there will be some days when there may be opportunities to explore further on unsealed roads and trails. The ride is suitable for either a road bike, hybrid or mountain bike with slicks. Whilst all the route is on sealed roads there is the opportunity on some days to take a more scenic route and explore the island on unsealed roads - not ideal for the skinny tyres but should be okay with hybrid, touring, CX or MTB tyres.

Can I hire a bike in Adelaide for the Tour?

If you don't want the hassle of transporting a bike to Adelaide you can hire one from Bike SA . We have limited numbers of Avanti and Apollo road bikes and also some Scott Aspect mountain bikes for hire. Slick tyres for sealed roads can be fitted if requested. Email office@bikesa.asn.au for rates and details.

Are electric / E-bikes allowed on Annual Tour?

Yes, you are more than welcome to use an electric assist bicycle, provided that it complies with Australian Standards and does not exceed the maximum power output allowed. You will need to provide your own cables for recharging batteries. Please be aware that access to 240v power outlets may be limited in some venues and you will need to share recharging time with other riders.

I am flying in to Adelaide on Friday.
Can I drop my gear off straight from the airport?

Yes, you can to come straight to Bike SA & leave your bike/bags with us. Take a small overnight bag for your night in Adelaide to save the hassle of getting back to us on Saturday morning - office hours are 9-5pm.

How do I get my bike from the Airport to the Adelaide CBD?

Adelaide Airport Flyer offers door-to-door minibus transfers from/to Adelaide aiport, outer suburbs and surrounding area. Door-to-door 7 day service. Reservation is appreciated at least 48 hours prior to travel.
Phone 1300 856 444 or +61 8 8389 3528 | Fax +61 8 8389 3572 | www.adelaideairportflyer.com | info@adelaideairportflyer.com

Where can I stay in the Adelaide CBD?

One of the closest accommodation options to the ride start is the new Quest King William South apartments - 379 King William Street, Adelaide. Visit their website or phone 08 8206 6500 for information & bookings. Mention Bicycle SA Annual Tour to receive best available rates.

Their sister property Quest on Franklin apartments is located very close to the UPark Grote street carpark at 74 Franklin Street, Adelaide. (cnr Young St) Visit their website or phone 08 81137500 for information & bookings. Mention Bicycle SA Annual Tour to receive best available rates.

A few hundred metres further away you will find the modern Peppers Waymouth Hotel - 55 Waymouth St Adelaide (at the corner of Bentham Street) Telephone (08) 8115 8888.

If Backpacker accommodation is more your style then the closest is Hostel 109 109 Carrington Street, Adelaide 08 8223 1771.

Otherwise you can try YHA Adelaide 135 Waymouth St, Adelaide SA 5000 (08) 8414 3010.

If you'd like to go a little more up-market you can try the Hilton Hotel (500m from BikeSA) 233 Victoria Square Adelaide SA 5000 (08) 8217 2000

Otherwise you can contact the South Australian Tourist Commission for more information.

www.southaustralia.com or telephone the SA Visitor & Travel Centre on 1300 764 227 or for international callers +61 8 84634547 Email: InformationAndBookings@SouthAustralia.com

I'm driving to Cowell. Where can I park my car whilst I'm on Annual Tour?

Annual Tour participants will be able to park vehicles at the Cowell Community & Sports Centre / Franklin Harbour Memorial Oval. Note: Whilst this is considered a safe community venue, it is not a locked or patrolled facility. Vehicle are are parked at owners risk. There is no charge but you still need to make a booking to secure a space.
To make a booking, contact (08) 8168 9999 or office@bikesa.asn.au.
Please have your vehicle make/model and registration number ready.

How do I get back to Cowell from Port Lincoln at the end of the tour?

An optional bus transfer is available for those requiring transport back to their vehicle in Cowell on Sunday 29 September.
Price = $100 pp Departure time = 8.00am.
Bookings are essential and will be confirmed with payment. Places will be offered on a first come first serve basis. Contact (08) 8168 9999 or office@bikesa.asn.au

Can I drive to Port Lincoln and leave my car there whilst I'm on Annual Tour?

Yes, if you would like the convenience of having your car waiting for you at the finish in Port Lincoln, you can drop your bikes and luggage off at Cowell and then drive to Port Lincoln and park your car at the Ravendale Community Sports Centre for the duration of the tour.

You can then take an optional coach transfer ($100pp) back to Cowell, departing Ravendale Community Sports Centre at 10am on Saturday 21 Sept. This transfer will also service Port Lincoln city centre (10.30am) and Port Lincoln airport (11.00am) en-route to Cowell. Arrival time in Cowell is approx. 1pm.

Note: Whilst Ravendale is considered a safe community venue, it is not a locked or patrolled facility. Vehicles are parked at owners risk.
There is no charge for parking but you still need to make a booking to secure a space.
To make a booking, contact (08) 8168 9999 or office@bikesa.asn.au.
Please have your vehicle make/model and registration number ready.

What happens if I am injured, unwell or family commitments prevent me from riding & participating in the event?

As per the Terms & Conditions of your registration, a non-refundable deposit of $250 is required to confirm the reservation at the time of booking. In addition, further refunds are sometimes possible - depending on the length of time that you cancel. We recommend that you take out Travel Insurance at the time of booking- to cover you for everything that could occur (cancellation due to illness/injury, lost/damaged baggage in transit, theft of bike, flight changes, etc.)

  • Cancellation notified more than 30 days prior to event - a minimum cancellation fee of $250 applies;
  • Cancellation notified 30 days or less and more than 14 days prior to event - a cancellation fee of 50% applies;
  • Cancellation notified 14 days or less prior to event - a cancellation fee of 100% applies

Can my family join me in their private vehicle?

If capacity allows, special arrangements may be made with non-riding partners, to be part of the event, camping with us and sharing meals. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 200 and priority will be given to actual riding participants.

Contact Bike SA for more information. Non-riding partners may also consider volunteering for the event, helping with catering, logistics, transport or a range of other roles.

Contact volunteer coordinator Maureen Merrick for details - maureen.merrick@bikesa.asn.au