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 8 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 from?

Annual Tour 2018 will start and finish at Cape Jervis at the southern tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula - the embarkation/arrival point of the ferry between the mainland and Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island.
Check-in for the start will be at the Sealink Ferry Terminal, Cape Jervis.

What time is check-in on the first day?
From 7.30am for those taking the coach transfer from Adelaide to Cape Jervis. The coach leaves at 8.30am
From 10.00am for those driving directly to Cape Jervis.

What time does the Sealink ferry depart at the start and finish of the tour?
Day 1 - Cape Jervis to Penneshaw - departs at 12.00pm - you need to be checked in by 11.30am
Day 8 - Penneshaw to Cape Jervis - departs at 2.30pm - you need to be checked in by 2.00pm

Can I travel on a ferry at a different time?
Our booking arrangements with Sealink require all riders to travel on the same ferry on Sat 20 and Sat 27 October. However, special arrangements may be possible to travel a day or two before the tour commences or after the tour finishes if you wish to have additional time on Kangaroo Island.
Subject to availability. All requests must be made through Bicycle SA at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

I'm coming from interstate. Am I able to fly directly to Kangaroo Island?

Yes, but you will need to connect via Adelaide. Qantas and Rex both fly limited services to Kingscote. Note: additional luggage limits may apply to some flights. You will need to arrange a transfer from Kingscote to Penneshaw where the tour's island itinerary will commence. You will also need to make your own accommodation arrangements in Kingscote or Penneshaw if flying in or out a day or two before or after the tour.

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.

I need a coach transfer between Adelaide and Cape Jervis. Where does the coach depart from and what is the cost?
Coach Transfers cost $50pp one way and include the transport of your bike

Adelaide to Cape Jervis on Sat 20 October
Departs @ 8.30am from Bicycle SA office, 53 Carrington St, Adelaide. Arrives in Cape Jervis at 10.30am

Cape Jervis to Adelaide on Saturday 27 October
Departs @ 3.45pm from the Sealink Ferry Terminal, Cape Jervis. Arrives at Bicycle SA office in Adelaide at 5.45pm

Please arrive early to check in, load your bags and bikes onto the transport vehicles and find your bus seat

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.

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 Cape Jervis. Where can I park my car whilst I'm on Annual Tour?

Bicycle SA has made arrangements for Annual Tour participants to park in a secure facility adjacent to the Sealink Ferry Termnal in Cape Jervis. The cost is $17/day - Car in Sat 20/10 & Car out Sun 27/10 = 8 days / $136
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

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