FAQs | Bike SA Annual Tour
21-29 September 2019
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 600km 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 Fitness info sheet for more information.
Where does the ride start from?
Annual Tour 2020 will start and finish in Adelaide
Check-in for the start will be at a venue to be confirmed.
What time is check-in on the first day?
Official start time is 9am, so please be early to register and load your luggage. Parking plus coffee and croissants will be available from 7am.
There will be a briefing at 8.40am before we head off along the banks of the Torrens and wave goodbye to the city.
More details will be advised prior to the event
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 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 some 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:
Lunch on Day 1 – Sat 19 Sept.
Lunch on the Rest Day in Clare – Wed 23 Sept
Dinner on Day 9 – Sun 27 Sept
Annual Tour finishes after lunch in Adelaide
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 or Bike SA office?
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 |email@example.com
You can also book a Maxi Cab.
Adelaide Independent Taxis Phone: 13 22 11 www.aitaxis.com.au/maxi-taxis
Where can I stay in the Adelaide CBD?
There are many hotels, apartments and short term rentals such as Air B’n’B available in Adelaide, to sit a variety of budgets. We suggest that you make use of a online booking website to explore these options.
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
Where can I park my car in Adelaide whilst I'm on Annual Tour?
Bicycle SA is currently negotiating access to secure parking facilities in Adelaide CBD. Further details will be made available as soon as they are confirmed.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Enjoy the rolling landscapes of SA’s greater Mount Lofty Ranges on the doorstep of Adelaide, exploring gourmet food and wine along the way.
- Overnight stops in the stunning grounds of Chateau Tanunda and Seppeltsfield wineries.
- Ride the famous and recently upgraded Riesling and rattler Trails between Riverton and Clare.
- Visit historic towns in the stunning Clare Valley such as Auburn and Mintaro as well as sample Australia’s best white wine.
- Explore the Barossa Valley, famous for it’s robust reds and iconic wine producers including Wolf Blass, Penfolds, Henschke, Peter Leahman, Jacobs Creek and many more.
- Enjoy beers and bratwurst in the quaint German town of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills.
- Take in South Australia’s top wine regions in one tour (Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Barossa & Clare Valleys).
We came away having again met some great people - always amazed at the talents and abilities of the riders on the Annual Tour!
Thank you so much for a wonderful Annual Tour! I am so impressed with the efficiency of the organisation and the friendliness and helpfulness of all. This was the first time I'd been on the Bike SA Annual Tour, but I'm hooked now!