Autumn is nearly here, which means its Cycle Tour Time!
Autumn is when we at least expect the hotter summer weather to cool off a bit, making for perfect cycling conditions.
We schedule most of our guided tours in March - April, and then again in spring in October - November for this reason, and we are looking forward to running four tours over the next 2 months to take full advantage of the conditions.
Having said that, Victoria's weather is notoriously changeable - March will start with a run of hot days to rival January over the next week, summer throws up cold days and winter lovely warm ones so in fact in East Gippsland at least we enjoy great cycling weather year 'round.
Our tour schedule is quite a mix of people and places. Our outstanding network of rail trails across Gippsland ( the Great Southern, Bass Coast, Grand Ridge, Gippsland Plains and of course the East Gippsland Rail Trail) are a gift of relaxing traffic free cycling. Our Great Southern Weekend Excursion and Gippsland Trails Tour offer a short getaway and chilled week of exploring some of these trails respectively. This autumn, folk are coming from Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra to undertake these tours with us.
Our Snowgums to Seaweed tour was the very first itinerary we created ten years ago and I am still excited about taking people out into the mind blowing places that no one seems to have heard about. It has been thrilling to see this tour finally 'take off' with tours now filling 6 months in advance. (Our November 2019 tour is nearly booked out now, but we are looking at running a second tour a few weeks later.)
One of the things that keeps this tour special is that you really have to pick your time, on account of the hugely varied and remote places we go. Day 2 of the tour we scrape the roof of Australia, cycling up to 1400 metres, with several other days at around the 1000 m mark. Cold cycling in winter! And a number of the roads we use close from June to November. Travelling as we do through remote country, the potential summer fire season is another time we avoid taking a bunch of people into the mountains.
I'm ready! It's about to be a busy few months, with all the 'under the water iceberg' bits of the cycle tours to get ready, running the tours, packing up afterwards, as well as looking after our self guided clients and keeping all the machinery of a small business ticking over. Bring it on!