Community responsibility to help local communities

Our Ride to Recovery initiative has the fundamental purpose to help local communities.

Every cycling trips is chosen to:

  • Highlight beautiful locations that give guests an escape from home isolation and experience the freedom of cycling.
  • Help local communities overcome the significant hardship that the past 12 months has imposed and for guests to connect with local stories.
  • Offer guests novel off-the-bike activities that also help local communities by supporting a local business.

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Gold Coast, Queensland

Gold Coast is a popular tourism destination for domestic and international tourists, they were also host to the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Tourists are attracted because of the golden beaches that are soaked in sun throughout the day. But, as the sun sets, it casts the silhouette of the amazing Gold Coast hinterland.

We love cycling around the Gold Coast because it is possible to choose a flat ride along the beach and through the canal estates. A leisurely ride is possible by pausing at one of many coffee shops or bakeries. But, you can also head to the challenge of long hills with varying gradient. For example, Mount Tambourine in 4 possible ways.

Beechmont and Binna Burra is a favourite hinterland destination for many and both villages were affected by the 2019 fires. One of the earliest blazes destroyed the historic Binna Burra lodge, nestled on the border escarpment. However, our favourite rides are those up to Springbrook or across the NSW and QLD border over Tomewin.

Gold Coast is the perfect destination for a training camp or a winter escape.

Climb the stunning road to Sprinbrook in the Gold Coast hinterland.

Quiet roads through rainforest on the Sunshine Coast.

Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Sunshine Coast is also a popular destination for domestic and international tourists. Similar to Gold Coast, there are sun-drenched beaches and an incredible hinterland to discover.

The coastline is more rugged than the Gold Coast beaches without the same skyscraper development. Sunny Coast communities are very tight-knit and host many markets and events throughout the year. The ever popular Eumundi markets connect local craft makers with a wide demographic.

2019 bushfires affected the areas around Noosa such as Peregian and Cooroibah, at times burning completely to the beach. 

The nation’s biggest multi-sport festival is hosted as part of the Noosa Triathlon each year. This great event has encouraged the development of great cycling infrastructure and a supportive community. Like the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast provides a wonderful landscape for a training camp or a winter escape.

Northern Beaches, New South Wales

It’s a short jump across the Queensland and New South Wales border to reach the Northern Beaches of New South Wales. Once a sleepy town, Byron Bay has become an international tourist destination and there are few places like it. 

It’s one of few places that is able to disguise any socio-economic differences and welcomes with wide arms every person. Backpackers, millionaires, families, singles, they all flock to Byron. Visit Byron and you’ll encounter free-spirit and trouble free lifestyle. Local produce is a way of life. The Cape Byron and incredible lighthouse marks the most-easterly point of Australian mainland. To ‘walk the lighthouse’ or ‘walk The Pass’ are musts when you visit Byron.

However, escape to the hinterland with small towns like Bangalow, Tintenbar, Federal or Mullumbimby and you’ll appreciate a broader attraction to Northern New South Wales. Our end-of-year retreat in Byron Bay will celebrate the end of a year that most would rather just forget. Let’s set new goals for 2021 and renew our plans.

End of year cycling retreat on NSW Northern Beaches.

Ride from the ocean to the highest point in Australia, NSW South Coast to Mt Kosciuszko.

Sea to Summit, New South Wales

Southern New South Wales felt the ultimate force of the 2019/2020 bushfires. Residents were forced from their homes on several occasions to preserve human life. Tragically many returned to their home in ruins. Not only were physical possessions destroyed but also the loss of visitors during the peak tourism season.

A bumper Easter holiday season was forecast, with many people planning their school holiday escape to the devastated areas. Unfortunately, the next disaster of 2020 struck! Bushfire areas need Australians and New Zealanders to visit and to fuel a recovery of sorts.

It is not only the coastal areas that have lost so much. The Alpine areas of NSW also suffered enormous fire-fronts fueled by many seasons of dry. Australia was shroud in dense smoke for months. From the sea to the summit, NSW was ablaze. 

Our Ride to Recovery Sea to Summit escape will take guests through the affected communities. Ride point-to-point starting from sea level on the NSW South Coast to the finish at Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko.

High Country, Victoria

Arguably, the Victorian Alps is the greatest cycling area in Australia. Nowhere else in Australia is their such choice when it comes to climbing mountains. Bright is the strategic hub in Victoria’s North East is the gateway to the High Country.

Endure the climb to Mt Hotham, or the neighbouring ski resort Falls Creek and the older ski lodge in Australia at the top of Mt Buffalo. Not far from Bright is the King Valley and Rutherglen wineries, many providores such as Milawa cheese factory and of course the fabulous brewery and bakery in Beechworth.

Cool off after the morning ride in the Ovens river and enjoy local hospitality with the finest local ingredients. Mt Hotham and Mt Buffalo were both affected by the 2020 bushfires where the historic Chalet was saved by the resilient local CFS.

The greatest choice for climbing in the Victoria High Country.

Secluded roads between the NSW South Coast and the Southern Tablelands.

Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales

Situated south of Sydney and just inland from Wollongong, Kangaroo Valley is a hidden gem of New South Wales. Boasting heritage listed sites and country charm, Kangaroo Valley is situated between the beaches of the Shoalhaven and gorges of the Southern Highlands.

The best way to discover the region is by bike. As Ernest Hemingway said,

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.

Discover Kangaroo Valley and the surrounding area on your bike. We’ll refuel with local olives, local wine and try our hand at a cooking class with local produce.

Hawkesbury River, New South Wales

There is nothing like biting into a fresh apple and it’s even better when its locally sourced. Situated in the upper Hawkesbury is a treasure trove of orchards, producing apples, stone fruit, citrus and various varieties of nuts.

There are also fabulous small providores, historic pubs and of course mid-ride bakeries for us to sample during a day on the bike. Our escape ride will jump on and off ferries as we chase the Upper Hawkesbury River.

We’ll also follow the construction work of convicts as the Sydney settlement sprawled into the Hunter Valley. The Great North trail is a section of 240km, much of which is still in use today.

This area relies on many day visitors and was devastated by one of the biggest single fires of the 2020 bushfire season. It would be remiss to exclude such an area in our ride to recovery.

Small providores, historic pubs and mid-ride bakeries on the Upper Hawkesbury.

Ride through world class food and wine region, Hunter Valley.

Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Wineries, cheese shops, chocolate shops! Need anything else I ask? Our cycling escapes visit great areas, celebrate cycling with friends and rebuild local businesses affected by 2020 disasters.

Hunter Valley meets all of the requirements and is recognised as a world-class food and wine destination. We welcome indulgence and a tour of the wineries to discover the wide varieties this small wine growing region is able to produce.

Forster-Tuncurry, New South Wales

A short distance north from the wine growers of the Hunter Valley and the bustling beaches of Newcastle are the great lakes and quieter beaches of the NSW mid-north coast.

Forster was once home of the Australian Ironman championships. Now the NSW club championships are held in Forster each year. Our point-to-point cycling escape will climb over the Great Dividing Range using the old highway to reach Forster, a much quieter now after the completion of the bypass.

We’ll discover the great lakes and beaches surrounding Forster. There will be the opportunity to get out on the water and spot a few dolphins.

Close to the coast, but the Great Dividing Range is never far away, Forster -Tuncurry.

The Coffs Coast has strong cycling and triathlon clubs with incredible climbing close to town.

Coffs Coast, New South Wales

Coffs Harbour has strong cycling and triathlon clubs and it is little wonder when you ride the area. Head away from the ocean and you soon climb the Great Dividing Range. This unique geography is not only great for cycling terrain but it also supports a World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforest.

Our off-the-bike itinerary takes you on the Skywalk into the canopy of the diverse ecosystems below. There are many waterfalls and the opportunity to stand with 600 year old trees.

Margaret River, Western Australia

Simply, Western Australia is a long way from the East. Having lived in Western Australia myself, the distance is forever apparent. Getting to the West has deferred many a travel plan for those from Australian Eastern state as well as New Zealanders. There is no time like the present to visit this remarkable state. They also experienced a devastating fire season in 2020.

Just a short distance from Perth is the amazing South-West corner. Surfers know the region well with some of the world’s most amazing reef breaks. Wine growers established themselves in the mid 1960s and quickly identified it as having the idyllic growing conditions, similar to that of the Bordeaux region in France.

But it is not just wine that the region offers, the natural landscapes with the giant Jarrah and Karri forests are a sight. These wonderful timbers are reflected in local craft.

With any great wine region comes fabulous matching produce and equally brilliant micro-breweries. From Bunbury to Albany, Western Australia must be discovered.

Join the peloton as we head West, to the famous Margaret River area.

Breathtaking scenery as we ride around Christchurch, to start our Bikestyle NZ adventure.

Christchurch, New Zealand

A trip to South Island is not complete without visiting Christchurch. The rebuilding after the earthquakes has been a long process. We had the pleasure of riding around Christchurch with our Bikestyle NZ contingent a few years ago. We give it a huge tick of approval! Since our visit more roads have reopened giving opportunity for even more spectacular rides. We have amazing local guides to show us around! 

One of the gems to visit is the small town of Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula. Akaroa Harbour is where the rare Hector’s dolphins swim. The heritage buildings display the British and French colonial history. Riding there is spectacular.

Wanaka, New Zealand

Some would argue that the best Pinot Noir in the world comes from Otago. That belief is biased of course, by those who have visited Otago. Well, you’re just going to have to visit and try it for yourself!

Wanaka is in a stunning location on the edge of several lakes and the Mount Aspiring National Park. The town itself has excellent restaurants and cafes, wineries, breweries and an artisan distillery. Expect fresh local produce, brilliant wines sourced from the surrounding vineyards, along
with well-crafted local beers.

Where Wanaka delivers most are its outdoor opportunities. Why not jump in a helicopter and see the glaciers. As the saying goes for Australians, if you can’t see the world, see New Zealand.

Incredible lakes, situated beneath Mount Aspiring National Park, Otago Wines, Wanaka

Bikestyle NZ adventure finishes in the NZ adventure capital of Queenstown.

Queenstown, New Zealand

Our New Zealand adventure ends in the adventure capital of the South Island, Queenstown. Cross the Crown Range and descend into the beautiful township of Arrowtown. Where you will find many boutique shops and local crafts.

A short stop over for lunch in Arrowtown and we cross the Shotover River where adrenaline junkies get their fix. We arrive at our final stop in Queenstown. It is a vibrant village that relies on international tourism.

From Queenstown you may like to stay an extra few days and join a tour to Milford Sound and visit the breath-taking fiord.