Maxicabs are available, and can be booked, to transport your bicycles and gear. You will need to request such, prior to arrival.
Luggage (unsupported road riders only) should be brought to the Shangri-La, the Marina, Cairns for 4-6pm (during the jersey collection, on Friday 28th June, for loading onto the luggage truck. Keep a small bag with you overnight and pass to your escort driver on Saturday 29th June.
Normally, this time of year is cool and clear. But we do live in the Tropics and you know what they say, ‘only fools and tourists predict the weather’. Be prepared for cool nights, few misty mountain mornings, and a chance of rain. Usually the first two days are cold and generally wet, so make sure to pack warm cycling gear as well as warm sleeping gear. But mostly it will be sunshine and breathtaking sunsets, so bring hats and sun cream as well.
Children over the age of 15 are welcome to join the ride, but an adult over the age of 21 needs to be responsible for them at all times. Younger children are welcome to come along if a parent is supporting a rider.
Yes, mobile phones will work in each town we pass through – at least, those with Telstra & a Rural ‘tick’.
If a blowout occurs along the ride, you are welcome to jump on board the bus, which follows the last pack of riders. Jump in your escort vehicle or Tail End Charlie will escort your bike to the next repair stop. Police escorts and first aid personnel accompany the ride. Each ‘pack’ has an escort vehicle / drivers with whom the pack leader is in radio contact with at all times. Pump and Pedals provide assistance with bike repairs, but remember to bring your puncture kit for quick bike surgery and personal first aid care kit equipped with more specific needs.
The first provided meal is lunch on Sat 30th with the last catered meal being the final lunch at Karumba on Fri 7th. The catering crew do a magnificent job and from here on is their time to recuperate and celebrate. Hence you are on your own for Friday 7th (night) and Saturday breakfast.
If you become ill or injured and wish to stay on the ride, you may be able to help out as a volunteer along the way.
Community groups in each township will be doing their bit to support the ride (and their town’s voluntary organisations) by providing a bar for purchase of beverages each night.
Fires are not permitted, unless indicated (or we light one), but a camp stove you can surely bring – to make yourselves a cuppa. Coffee, tea and milo will be provided at the catering venues too.
Buckets are available for doing your own washing whilst having a shower. BYO quick dry clothes, washing detergent and a few pegs.
There are up to six packs of riders. Your ability / strength / experience and riding goals can greatly affect which pack you choose to ride in. Remember, no one likes to wait, or be waited for, so be thoughtful of others when making this choice! Each pack is strongly encouraged and instructed to work/ride and enjoy themselves as a pack – if you are frustrated because the pack is too slow for you then you can move up a pack – and alternatively – if you are continually slower than your pack – then you can move back a pack – the ideal is to have the pack together to make the riding easier and to work together as a team. Gaps do occur however, and are addressed by everyone working together to slow down/speed up and bring the pack back together.
We don’t leave any rider to battle away on their own and we support everyone to participate to their fullest ability. Our pack leaders will provide great advice.
You must stay with your pack and remain between your escort vehicles. NEVER ride closer than 20m behind your lead vehicle. If you cannot keep up with your pack, your following escort vehicle is required to pick up you and your bike and transport you to the next drink stop where you may either rejoin your pack or wait to join the pack that is following yours.
Expected Average Speeds
Pack 1 – 35 km/h plus Pack 2 – 28-34km/hr
Pack 3 – 25-28 km/h Pack 4 – 22-25 km/hr
Pack 5 – 20-22 km/h Pack 6 – 18-20 km/h
No of packs is dependent upon numbers of participants. Use this as a rough guide. Remember, this pace is an average over 150+ km, so the actual travelling speed may be 5-10 km/h faster at any time.