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FAQs Flinders Escape

FAQs | Flinders Escape

14-22 May 2022

 

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What happens if Covid-19 travel restrictions prevent me from attending Flinders Escape?

In the event the Government imposes cross border travel restrictions due to an outbreak of Covid-19 and you are prevented from participating in this event, or you are unable to fulfill any mandated period of quarantine / isolation, your registration fees may be transferred to a future event or refunded in full.

How fit do I need to be to participate in Flinders Escape? Do I need to be a fast rider?

The Flinders Escape involves riding distances of between 50km and 100km each day. The average is about 60-70km.
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 450km 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?

The Flinders Escape will start and finish in Port Augusta – approx 300km north of Adelaide

Departure on Day 1 will be from Gladstone Square, in the centre of Port Augusta.

The ride will finish after lunch on Day 9 at Gladstone Square, in the centre of Port Augusta.

You can drive directly to Port Augusta and leave your car there for the duration of the event. (more information on parking coming soon)

If you are flying to Adelaide you can book an optional coach transfer to Port Augusta, departing Adelaide at 7:30am on Saturday 14 May. Journey time is approx 4hrs.
A return coach transfer will depart Port Augusta at approx 2pm on Sunday 22 May.

What time is check-in on the first day?

Official start time is 1pm, so please be early to register and load your luggage.

There will be a rider briefing at 12.40 immediately prior to the start. The first day is relatively short at only 44km but it is an uphill run.

More details will be advised prior to the event.

What coach transfer services are available between Adelaide and Port Augusta and what is the cost?

 

Adelaide to Port Augusta $70 – Saturday 14 May:  Departs @ 7.30am from Adelaide Central Bus Terminal, 85 Franklin St Adelaide
Arrive in Port Augusta @ approx 11.30am

Port Augusta to Adelaide $70 – Sunday 22 May:  Departs at 2:00pm and arrives at approx 6:00pm

Bus transfer cost includes rider, bike and baggage

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/person – this includes your tent, sleeping bag / mat, etc.
This must be packed into 2 bags, each weighing no more than 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.

Each bag must be no more than 85 litres in volume or have dimensions of no more than 140cm in total.
i.e. L x H x W e.g. 70cm Long + 35cm High + 35cm Wide = !40cm

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 info sheet – Bike Transport By Plane

What's the weather like in May?

May is a great time to be riding in the Flinders Ranges with relatively stable weather. The extreme heat of summer is gone and it’s not yet time for the full onset of winter chills. Typically it’s mild sunny days and cool nights – ideal for riding. Check out the Ride Guide or My Gear downloads in Participant Information tab of the Flinders Escape Home page for more on what to expect with the weather.

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

Yes, the accommodation on the Flinders Escape 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 the Flinders Escape?

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 Flinders Escape registration fee includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on most days.

The following meals are NOT included:

Breakfast on Day 1 – Saturday 14 May
Lunch on the Rest Day in Wilpena Pound –  Thursday 19 May
Dinner on Day 9 – Sunday 22 May

The Flinders Escape finishes in Port Augusta

Does the Flinders Escape 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 Flinders Escape 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.

Almost all the route is on sealed road apart from a 32km stretch of gravel road between Parachilna and Blinman. If you choose to ride a road bike you can take the option of having yourself and your bike transported by bus along this part of the route. Otherwise if you are riding a hybrid or mountain bike you are welcome to tackle the gravel on two wheels. If you are keen to tackle some off-road trails around Wilpena feel free to throw in a pair of knobbies to swap for your slicks.
For more information on what sort of bike to ride,  please view the My Bike info sheet

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 the Flinders Escape?

Yes, you are more than welcome to use an electric assist bicycle, provided that it complies with South Australian Standards relevant to “Pedelec power assisted bicycles” i.e.maximum 250w power output using pedal-assist system only. View SA Compliance Details Here

A designated “recharging area” will be located at each overnight venue but 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.

For more information on what sort of bike to ride,  please view the My Bike info sheet

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

Luggage can be dropped off and loaded straight on to the luggage truck at our office on Friday 13 May from 3pm until 6pm only. Take a small overnight bag for your night in Adelaide. This can be loaded onto the luggage truck at the official departure point on Saturday morning. There is no facility for overnight bike or luggage storage.

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 airport, 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

Adelaide Superb Chauffeurs offers luxury airport transfers, with a Mercedes Benz V-Class van (taking max 6 people) and enclosed trailer for bikes.
Call Shane on 0447 788 654 or check out their website www.adelaidesuperbchauffeurs.com

You can also book a Maxi Cab.

Des’s Mini Bus Phone: (08) 8440 1600 https://dessminibus.com.au

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 suit 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 Port Augusta whilst I'm on Flinders Escape?

Car Parking will be available at the Port Augusta Vehicle Restorers Club (3.6km from the start location).  The cost is $10 per day, and must be pre-booked and paid to Bicycle SA

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

We recommend that all participants purchase travel insurance at the time of booking – to cover you for everything that could occur including cancellation due to illness/injury, lost/damaged baggage in transit, theft of bike, flight changes, etc.  

The following outlines our refund/cancellation policy

Cancellation notified more than 60 days prior to event – a $50 cancellation administration fee applies;

Cancellation notified 60 days or less and more than 30 days prior to event – a cancellation fee of 30% 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

Please read the Terms and Conditions here

 

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