Ride Overview

Our travelling tent city has bike mechanics, massage therapists, a merchandise store, first aid, tourist information, campsite bar, toilets and hot showers. We also serve up three generous meals a day and even transport your luggage.

Riders are formed into several packs depending on their ability and generally their level of fitness. You can swap around packs during the event – some may like more pace in the mornings and then move down to a slower pack in the afternoons. If you have never had any experience with pack riding then have no fear – most of our participants have never ridden in packs either – we provide training, support and have lots of experience. We have done this for the last 21 years! A trained pack leader is allocated to the pack prior to the ride and is in radio contact with the pack’s front and rear support vehicles.

The leader will be supportive, caring and lead their pack by assisting members to enjoy and embrace this kind of riding. This style of cycling provides for all levels of fitness – from the competitive club rider down to the social set, ages from 15yrs to 85yrs+ have all taken part in previous rides.

One of the most often heard comments during the event is: “I’ve met so many amazing people and have completely switched off from all my stresses and the outside world”.

Every 20km there is a drinks stop where water, electrolyte drinks, dried fruit and an abundant supply of bananas and oranges are available. These stops are attended by crew volunteers, just as the whole ride is managed and supported by volunteers.

Drink stops are places for running repairs or running to the call of nature and given we are heading across the Outback’s Savannah Way there is plenty to see.

Dehydration is a major concern and as we head further away from the east coast and across the warmer Savannah region, riders should be drinking water/electrolyte drinks as soon as they wake up. If you wait until you feel thirsty to drink then you are already dehydrating!

Meals are provided by our volunteer Road Kill Catering Crew but don’t let the name scare you, most people put on weight during the trip because the meals are so good!

All you have to do after a day on the bike is collect your bags and put up your tent. We try to keep you entertained in the afternoons and evenings so there is always plenty to do. Enjoy the picturesque towns and friendly locals, take a tour on the Gulflander, party-on at the local pub or just chill out at the scenic campsites.

For full route details please see the full itinerary page here. This is a fun filled holiday for the entire family, or perfect if you just want to get away from it all and enjoy the outback.

We have plenty of pictures from C2K on our Facebook page so you can see for yourself what it’s all about. And if you’re still undecided, check out what others have to say about the ride – this is sure to convince you!

Typical Day on C2K

6.00am Breakfast is served. Bring your eating utensils and lunch box to prepare lunch as well
7.00am to 8.00am Join your pack, jump on your bike and start pedaling
Lunch on the route, about half way
Any time before 4.30pm Arrive at the campsite, find your luggage, pitch your tent and relax
5.00pm C2K HQ setup and ready to answer any questions
5.30pm – 6.00pm Escort Drivers & Pack Leaders’ Daily Briefing
6.30pm Generally this is the time for dinner & when the bar is open
7.00pm Briefing and announcements for the following day
7.30pm – 9.30pm Entertainment, varies daily

What's Included...

Campsites

Including hot showers, mechanic support, centrally located kitchen area, C2K HQ, unlimited tea and coffee.

Route Support

Including police, escort vehicles, pack leaders, medical support, radio support team, rest & drink stops and luggage truck

Luggage

For unsupported riders, we transport your luggage between towns on our dedicated luggage truck.

C2K HQ

Our information marquee, known as C2K HQ, with information about the daily schedule and local tourist attractions.

Entertainment

Including campsite activities like trivia, karaoke, and Wally Awards. Music each night.  Calcutta in Georgetown, No Talent Quest in Mount Surprise or Balance Bike Race in Mount Garnet have been a few popular events.

C2K Jersey or Polo Shirt

If you join the ride as a rider, you’ll receive a FREE short or long sleeve event jersey. If you join as a volunteer, you’ll receive a polo shirt of a similar design to the rider’s jerseys. You can purchase additional jerseys from the online shop or C2K HQ on the ride.

C2K Handbook

An in-depth guide with lots of info to help you prepare. This contains route maps, profiles and lots of info about the towns.

C2K Telegraph

Our daily, on-event newsletter, printed and ready for dinner time each day. Can be picked up from C2K HQ.

Volunteers

Our fantastic volunteers making it all happen. Buy them a beer or a soft drink when you can.

Active Holiday

Yeah – we’ll include this too…Friends, fresh air and fitness, and your opportunity to pedal away from the everyday.

Optional Extras...

Bus Ticket

If you are an unsupported rider, you’ll need one of these for your return trip to Cairns. We don’t want to leave you stranded in Karumba.

Train Ticket

Why not go on a scenic trip aboard the Guldlander from Croydon? Train departs at 5.00pm and returnd at 6.45pm – just in time for dinner.

Breakfast in Normanton

If you are planning to return from Karumba on Saturday early morning, best to pre-purchase your breakfast.  If you are returning on the bus – this is a must.

Merchandise

Purchase online before the ride or at C2K HQ during the ride. Jerseys, polos, hats, drink bottles, temporary tattoos, T-shirts and even buffs.

Bike Mechanics

Bike mechanics are available at each campsite. Pump n Pedals one of our major sponsors provides this service to all riders for a donation.  Please be generous as Pump n Pedals donate all money back to the charity, at th end of the ride.

Massage Therapists

Emmett Therapies set up at camp to treat everyone on the ride, you don’t have to be a riders to get a treatment. All moneys are donated back to the ride.

Coffee Van

The coffee van is with us from the very start. They set up near C2K HQ or the kitchen area, depending on the campsite.

Morning Teas & Lunches

At a couple of locations, families from the Cairns School of Distance Education lovingly cook up a storm on the route for all the riders, supporters and volunteers. We thank them by giving them a donation to cover their costs.

Campsite Bars

P&C’s of the local schools set up a campsite bar. This is usually their biggest (only) fundraiser for the year.

Accommodation

If camping is not your thing, you can book your own accommodation. Options are limited in some of the locations.

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