Day 1 

On arrival in Geelong we will settle in to our waterfront accommodation and then assemble bikes. In the cool of the afternoon we will make a short cycle along the waterfront to ensure the bikes are running sweetly and to tone the legs up for the days ahead.

Approx 30kms

Day 2

This morning we take one off the Worlds most scenic bike rides along the Great Ocean Road travelling from Geelong through Bells Beach and Anglesea to Lorne. Breakfast/Brunch here and then it is decision time. Ride on to the Twelve Apostles or jump in the support vehicle and take the easy way down

Afterward we will be transferred back to Geelong (unless you fancy a ride home through the Otways of course?

Option 1 Geelong - Lorne Approx 114kms

Option 2 Lorne - Twelve Apostles Approx 85kms

Day 3

Join the masses and do the Cadel People Ride or take the day off to explore Geelong. Two ride distance options.

Option 1 - 65kms

Option 2 - 111kms

Day 4

Walk out the front door of your apartment and  find a spot in the park in front of the big screen, get the caterers in and host a party on your balcony or jump on board the wagon as we head off for some live action, first at Cadels home town, Barwon Heads and then to the Hyland Road climb before heading back to the party on the esplanade and the grand finish.

Day 5
Time to pack and head home with some lifetime memories in the bag.






On clear, windless days the scent of leaves and blossom hangs in the air. Bees drift into the waiting throats of the flowers. Beneath the upper canopy droop vines and the long, narrow leaves of perching plants. Penetrating sun shafts speckle the ferns and mosses with flickering light. The calm atmosphere is embroidered by the rich sounds of birds. On days when mountain mists enshroud the tree tops a quiet stillness descends to inhabit every space. A soft, green half-light pervades all things. The motionless air is drummed by the dropping of moisture to the forest floor. In places, water sweeps softly over moss and rock. But the mountain forest is not always gentle. On to these rising slopes drive winds and rains and into the fibre of all plants and animals, the coldness of night penetrates with inescapable persistence. Gales bend the backs of the tallest trees and whip their tops into waves of frenzied protest. Weakened branches crack, and fall. And everywhere, as always, life adapts, and carries on…

by Bill Noel Kleeman

Day 1

On arrival in New Plymouth we will settle in to our accommodation and then assemble bikes. In the cool of the afternoon we will make a short cycle to Sentry Hill and cross the Waitara Road Suspension Bridge just to tone the legs up for the days ahead.

Approximately 47kms


This morning we head inland with Fabulous Mt Taranaki in full view. Quickly through the suburbs of New Plymouth we soon find ourselves in beautiful rolling dairy country passing through Egmont Village before commencing our climb toward the Mount side village of North Egmont. Here we will stop for coffee before the return home.

Approximately 60kms

Day 3

No matter which direction we head, the imposing Mount Taranaki is our sentry, and today we leave town and traverse the foothills climbing gently to our first stop at the Pukeiti Gardens, 360 hectare rain forest property located between Mount Taranaki and the scenic west coast, just south of New Plymouth. Time for coffee, refreshment and a look around. We then resume our ride, heading down, now with the full face of the Ocean before us. Through wooded forest and open farmland we continue right down until we find ourselves riding beside the remotest of beaches with the surf pounding in as we go. Then on to the fabulous winery of Okurukuru for lunch before our return into home base.

Approximately 63kms

Day 4 

A day of rest to explore the local area at your own pace. Some off shore fishing, canoe or kayak and endless walking opportunities. Discover the beaches and World listed beach walk. Or for those who must, I will pick a ride from one of many in the stable.

Day 5 
The big one! “Round The Mountain” Today we join other like minded souls for the circumnavigation of the giant of Taranaki. Yet another iconic ride to tick off your list.

Approximately 160kms

Day 6 
A small morning roll out to keep the blood flowing followed by bike cleaning and packing for transport. Then a final group lunch, some last minute shopping, swimming or just straight out relaxing in preparation for our departure tomorrow.

Day 7 - TBAJanuary 2012
Arrive Australia

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Day One – Arrive Brisbane

We check in to our accommodation and the gather for an evening meal where we discuss team tactics and you receive your rider ID and merchandise. Then an early night in preparation for the day ahead.

Day Two – "The Coot"

Up bright and early for breakfast then assemble as a Team for the short riverside ride to the start at Southbank. Then on to the major event. On return to the finish enjoy the festivities before returning to our accommodation for showers, breakfast and either home or take an afternoon out in the metropolis.

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A fun filled (but challenging) 342km journey from 550M to Sea Level

Day One

Our first day takes us down the Range via Flagstone Creek and across the floor of the picturesque Lockyer Valley to Ma Ma Creek before making a climb over Mt Sylvia then down into Laidely and on to Grandchester, Wallon and finally to Ipswich where lunch awaits. After lunch to our accommodation and an afternoon at leisure.


Day Two

After a hearty Breakfast we roll out en route to Tamborine via Peak Crossing and Beaudesert. A leisurely afternoon poolside, some R& R and sightseeing opportunities followed by a few quiet drinks and early dinner.


Day Three

Breakfast and on for the ascent to North Tambourine followed by the exhilarating descent, then on to Advancetown following the Nerang Murwillumbah Road down into the Numinbah Valley and on to Tumbulgum for Showers before a well deserved lunch. After lunch pack bikes and the Coach ride home to Toowoomba.


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Covering some of the most picturesque scenery in the entire Sunshine Coast Hinterland this ride coupled with some great social activity with your fellow cyclists is a must do ride. Tour inclusions are:- Ride Nomination, Coach Transfers Toowoomba-Noosa-Toowoomba, Accommodation, Goup Booking Evening Meal and Apres Ride Breakfast/Brunch and Van support on and during ride.

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This fantastic tour takes in some of the best Italy has to offer including the delights of the Veneto followed by the fabulous fields of Tuscany.
Highlights Include
Towers of San Gimignano
Hilltop Volterra
Chianti Heartland
Florence and Siena
Cima Grappa
The Brenta Valley

Day One – The Asiago Plateau

Again the climbing legs are required as we ride up the escarpment to the Asiago Plateau. On top we savour some of the delights of Alpine Plateaus, Cheeses and rolling hills before some wonderful descents back to the Brenta Valley and on home to Bassano.

Day Two - An Asolo Morning
A gentle ride to the famous hilltop village of Asolo. Suggest you throw some walking shoes in the Van as we will coffee, shop and lunch here with some extra time to discover the ancient village before our ride back to Bassano.
Day Three – Brenta Valley Gorge, Arsie and Feltre
A delightful road following the fast flowing Brenta along the Valley floor toward Trento before a climb to the Arsie Plateau and on to Feltre and home through Pederobba.
Day Four – Cima Grappa

Welcome to the Veneto!! With your cycling legs prepared by our toddles around Tuscany today we tackle the 3rd most difficult Mountain in Italy, Cima Grappa. Featured often in the Giro DÍtalia this ride is filled with major climbs and major descents and is a ride to add to any cyclists belt.

Day Five – REST DAY

Take in all that the fabulous Village of Bassano Del Grappa offers. Shop, wander, dip your feet in the Brenta, sip Grappa in underground bars or venture further afield to Verona, the home of Romeo and Juliet. So much to enjoy, so little time.

Day Six – A Taste of Prosecco - Valdobbiadene and Asolo

Our journey today takes us toward the heart of the Prosecco wine region where we will ride among vineyards and rolling hills before turning back toward Bassano for the delightful ride to the charming Village of Asolo where we will aim to arrive for lunch. Afterwards home for an afternoon of bicycle packing in preparation for our transfer tomorrow.

Day Seven – Coach Transfer to Colle Val D'elsa
Day Eight - The Towers of San Gimignano via Casole

A fabulous introduction to the Tuscan Sun this ride providers a taster of things to come with picture postcard scenery culminating in our arrival in the medieval town of San Gimignano where we will stop for brunch and time to view the wonderful narrow streets and the stunning towers before our return to Colle Di Val Delsa.

Day Nine -Chianti Heartland

Today we take a longer ride this time bound for the Chianti Heartland taking in Castellina and Greve in Chianti where we will take time out for a wander through this amazing town sampling local produce as we go before heading toward Barberino and Poggibonsi before our return to Colle Val Delsa

Day Ten Radicondoli
Southward today with our first stop the hilltop village of Radicondoli. This is a delicious mediaeval hamlet, a long way off the beaten path and well worth a look around. It's also very scenic as can be seen from the top once we arrive. From Radicondoli there is a fast and fun as we head for Mensano and then on to Casole d'Elsa and home to Colle Val Delsa.

Day Eleven – Rest Day

A day to take in the sights of Tuscany and where better than Florence whose museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The most popular and important sites in Florence include the Cathederal, the Baptistery, the Uffizi, the Bargello and the Academia. The churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce are veritable art galleries, and the library of San Lorenzo is a magnificent exhibition of Michelangelo's architectural genius. Wander some of the oldest streets in the city until you reach the Arno River, and cross the romantic Ponte Vecchio.

Day Twelve – Volterra

Today we have but one mission – Volterra which is a town of great architectural interest located 1770 feet above the sea level, between the rivers Bra and Cecina. The main architectural features are two fine castles and numerous Etruscan remains. Perhaps more importantly the ambience of Volterra is stunning, easily rivalling that of the more famous Tuscan destination of San Gimignano and for that reason today we will plan a later ride to enjoy Dinner in the pretty town at one of the many sensational restaurants before being Coached back to Colle Val Delsa.

Day Thirteen – Radda in Chianti

Our final day in Tuscany so again we head into the Chianti, this time bound for Radda in Chianti where will sample all the good things of the earth, take in some shopping before heading home to Colle Val Delsa, a lazy afternoon packing bikes and baggage for our transfer tomorrow to the Veneto.

Day Fourteen – Transfer to Rome
Rome is more than a fascinating European capital city; it is a spectacular encyclopedia of living history. It has been said that all roads lead to Rome, and in Rome, every road leads to eternity. The city is vast, although the historic centre is quite small. The whole experience of Rome is so powerful as to be almost overwhelming at times. The best way to prepare for a visit is to study a little of the history of the region, and then arrange an itinerary that allows time to explore, rest, and reflect on the magnificence of it all. Visit Vatican City, a independent city-state located entirely within Rome.
Our fabulous accommodation puts you in the very heart of the action so be sure to take time for the history, food and wine, art, and religion. The daring may even want to rent a Vespa and navigate the historical streets of a city teeming in history. But whatever you do—When in Rome as the Romans do!!!
Day Seventeen – Depart for Australia

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This fantastic tour takes in one of France's most distinctive and beautiful areas, the mountainous Savoie region.

Featured Climbs
St Michaels Mount
Col Du Granier
Col De Croix de Fer
Alpes D’huez
Col Du Marocaz
Col du Plainpalais
Col du Telegraphe
Col du Galibier
Le Revard
Col De La Madeline


This ride is great in both directions! The hairpins above Challes Les Eaux give this relatively short ride a surprisingly mountainous character. The perfect ride to unwind those travel legs.


This ride begins with a relatively easy passage to La Monet where the Climb begins. A long steady climb of around 9kms to the summit of Col De Granier. Climbing legs essential but be assured the climb is worth every breathtaking moment. A time to reflect at the summit and then your climbing efforts are rewarded with around 23km of sometimes fast descent taking some time out at Entremont Le Vieux for some French cuisine before further descents through Mountain Tunnels before reaching the Valley floor at St Christophe (where you may fancy a short detour to the Grotto of St Christophe). This followed by a shortish climb before around 17kms of rolling country still with ample cycling room into Chambery for a short stop and then on to the Chateau in Challes where today's ride concludes.
(mostly descent) on a slightly bus Estimated Time 3hrs 30mins


A snappy ride to get the heart rate up. Mostly flat with a climb of around 5kms to a paltry height of just 489metres. One to clear the nostrils. (As Frank would say.)

60kms mostly flat climbing to 489metres – will be fast.


An old favourite with an added twist!!! If the pros can do two majors in one day so can Tailwind Tour riders. We are coached to the village of St Jean de Maurienne where our ride begins. One of the mythical climbs which often features in the TDF this is one of the most spectacular rides on the program. The last few kms are at 10% plus but the panorama of the Aiguilles d'Arves from the Croix de Fer is stunning. Then we face a fabulous descent all the way down to Bourg Dóisans and the thrill of them all the climb of Alpes Dhuez.


An opportunity to rest…or shop…or perhaps some gliding??????


From Challes we climb to the pinnacle of Mount Cruet taking a brief detour to visit the small village and Lake of La Thule for coffee. Then we press on for the descent from the pass to the Combe de Savoie where the views in a word are fabulous. Then through gently rolling farmland and hillside Vineyards to our home base in Challes.

Distance: Approx 55kms Climb to 967 metres Est.Time 4 hrs 30 mins

DAY SEVEN - Lake Annecy Loop via 3 Great Climbs

The beautiful Village of Annecy returns to the 2010 ride stable but with a very different twist. This time we are coached to the beautiful Lakeside City where our ride begins. Heading south we begin what is in the end a loop around Lake Annecy over three beautiful climbs. We initially follow the Lake Annecy bike path and at Faverges turn right to climb Col de Tamié, then it’s a nice descent before we head toward Marlens to climb Col de l’Epine. About 7kms averaging 7%, this quiet route climbs up the side of the mountain with incredible views below and in the distance. The valley beyond seems an almost undiscovered paradise and we can take some rest rolling through before we approach the short but very steep Col de la Forclaz de Montmin.

The reward at the end of this climb is the magnificent views of Lake Annecy below and the fast, fun descent back down to lake level and a well deserved lunch before Coaching home to the Chateau.




This Circuit of the Grand Massif makes a welcome return in 2010. Some fantastic alpine scenery on this lovely ride.

Distance: Approx 70kms Climb to 1200 metres
Estimated Time 5 hrs 30 mins


We are Coached to the village of St Michel de Maurienne where our ride begins. Then to the ever upward climb to the Col du Telegraph and Col du Galibier which is attained at around 35kms and a height of around 2600m. Time for repose and celebration and an opportunity to take in the absolute grandeur of this fabled Mountain before the sensational descent back to our start point and our coach trip home.


Possibly THE most rewarding ride of the entire Tour. A 60km circuit of the Massif with a mid point high of around 1600metres with spectacular views of Frances largest natural Lake Le Lac Bourget.

Beginning with a sedate 10kms from Challes to St.Alban Leysse where once again the climb begins. Approx 13 kms of steady climb and switchbacks past the Ski facilities of La Feclaz and on to Le Revard where the view extends over the largest natural lake in France Lac du Bourget. A break here to appreciate your efforts before approx 20kms of wonderful descent to the Lakeside community of Aix Les Bains.


What more is there to say?


A shortish ride today gives us an opportunity to explore the many small wineries on the hillsides and in the valleys right beside our Hotel. More a meander than a real ride we just go where the whim takes us allowing time for scenic breaks and photos, coffee, brunch and maybe even wines before returning to the Hotel for a restful afternoon by the pool or a hectic shopping frenzy in Chambery.



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Take the full Yarra Valley sojourn or take up the four day, Friday to Monday option for the Bay In A Day action only.


Approximately 80 kms of typical valley ups and downs travelling via Yarra Glen and Yering, on to Coldstream and then further south to Woori Yallock and Yellingbo before turning north for the return journey via Seville. On the way home, passing the major wineries of Rochford, Dominique Portet, Oakridge and Domain Chandon before the final push north on past the magnificent Chateau Yering, through the village of Yarra Glen and home to Balgownie Estate.

Approx 80kms – Elev. from 80m to 240 m – Est Ride Time 3.5hours


Approximately 55kms. Today we face North and head to the forests of Toolangi. Some early climbs followed by some lovely fast descents through the Village of Chum Creek then into the outskirts of Healesville before turning East for the run to our lunch destination at Tarrawarra Winery. After lunch a relatively easy 11kms home to Balgownie.

Approximately 55kms Elev. 70m to 469m Est Ride Time 3 hours


We leave Balgownie riding into Yarra Glen before “heading for the hills” Climbing from around 100 m to around 300m at the 17km mark this gives us a great overview of the Yarra Valley. First regroup and then on to The Stonehouse at Warrandyte for Coffee and Comfort Stop. Nice descent follows dropping down to the Valley floor at Chirnside. Through country lanes we have just one more regroup before briefly joining the main Highway at Yering. Then on to the Roundstone Winery for lunch. Some gravel on approach to winery and on shortcut home.

Approximately 65kms Elev. 100m to 300m Est. Ride Time 3hrs


Approximately 67kms. We leave Balgownie following the old Healsesville Road. Only 15kms (approx) into the ride we stop at Innocent Bystander for Coffee and Comfort Stop. Then head South and a few Regroups today as the ride twists and turns. Finally we turn north again and head back toward Healesville before taking the Yarra Glen Road and on to Traintrak Winery and Zonzos for lunch. Again a few hundred metres of gravel approach to lunch.

Approximately 65kms. We leave Balgownie riding into Yarra Glen before “heading for the hills” Climbing from around 100 m to around 300m at the 17km mark this gives us a great overview of TIME TO PACK
After the ride, time to pack the bikes and baggage in preparation for tomorrows transfer to Melbourne and the main mission.

Day 5 - Coach Transfer to Melbourne

Early Evening Drinks at PJ O’Briens followed by Dinner


Time for the traditional roll to Black Rock and return followed by Breakfast with a view. Remainder of the day at your leisure.

Day 7 - The Main Event - Around The Bay in A day

Team Celebration Dinner

Day 8 - Coach Transfer to Tullamarine

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This trip is for the ladies only where you will be treated to all the finest a lady deserves. You will be staying at the beautiful Lawson's Lodge in the Mt Macedon area which features its very own nine hole golf course. After a couple of days riding its time to dress up and head to Melbourne and Flemington Park where you will enjoy the festivities of Oaks Day.



Arrive with the group at San Francisco airport for transfer to our accommodation in the most beautiful town along the Russian River, Monte Rio. This will be our base for three nights during which we will take two amazing rides.

Then we are off to Healdsburg in the Sonoma Valley. Four nights and four more great rides with oodles of leisure time to visit all the beautiful towns in the Valley, check the wineries, sample local cuisine and shop the boutiques. From here to beautiful St Helena in the Napa Valley. This will be our base for the next five nights. Four more rides and a rest day will give us ample chance to explore the region fully,

All too soon it will be time to pack the bikes and get ready for our short journey back to San Francisco, the home of a little bit of everything! If you have been before you will understand how I struggle to explain this beautiful City.

If you are a first time visitor you will soon discover my problem. Without doubt one of the prettiest cities in the World it surely has to be one of the most diverse as well.

Take the boat ride to Alcatraz, discover Haight & Ashbury, ride the cable cars, checkout the speakeasies, get crooked on Lomard Street, shop in  Chinatown or the Fillmore District, get your funk on at any of the sensational beaches, take in Union Square….or even put some flowers in your hair….

  • Leisurely cycling
  • Wineries
  • Boutique Accommodation
  • Ladies only Tour Option available