Private 2 Day Mountain Bike Tour
Enjoy a weekend of fun, fitness and fresh country air with a two-wheeled exploration of the central goldfields in Victoria. No matter what your skill or fitness level, the trail network in 4 seperate locations will have you smiling.
The first day see us traveling out of Melbourne to Woodend where the handmadetrails in the WombatState Forest will have you weaving through trees on an undulating trail withplenty of fun and challenging features. This popular, well-established trailnetwork is 17km long and takes us around 2 hours to complete.
We then lunch at Holgate’s Brewery. This for some is the highlight of the day!This Brewery has an incredible beer range all brewed on-site and the food isperfect fuel for the afternoon ride. Take it easy tasting any of the beers thoughas the best riding is to come!
A 35-minute journey up the Calder highway brings us to thetownship of Harcourtjust outside of the gold mining township of Bendigo. Millions of dollars have been pouredinto a 34km network of Green, Blue and Black trails although most trails arefor moderate or advanced riders. Built by ‘Dirt Art’ these groomed trails testyour all of your skills and fitness while delivering big berms, big smiles andstunning views. We again spend a couple of hours here or for less experiencedgroups of riders we can use an easier hand built trails network closer toBendigo.
After a memorable first day of riding, it is time to relax.We make our way into the heart of Bendigo where your accommodation is located.From this point on you can make your own adventure until the next morning.Bendigo is a vibrant city with plenty of good eateries, pubs and night spots.If you don’t feel like doing much your surroundings are certainly plush enoughto restore your legs for the next day.
The second day starts with a yummy breakfast at a localcafé. However, we do know the most important consumable for any rider is thecoffee and there is plenty of black gold flowing freely.
The riding for this day starts around Bendigo again. Therehave been thousands of hours put in by club members to create Andy’s trailnetwork at Spring Hill. The riding here is challenging but without being toohard. There are no big climbs but there are some very rocky sections to keepyou alert. Once again, 2 hours of riding will hit a decent amount of this mazeof trails.
We make our way to the next great lunch place. Set withinthe Mill precinct with a great range of food and craft artisans is DasKaffehaus. Seeing as though we are mountain biking – we should eat traditional mountainfood! The menu is fantastic and the coffee even better.
The second riding spot for the day is just outsideCastlemaine. The Bacon trails as they are known are hand built club trails andan incredible gift from the early pioneers of the sport. Flowing downhill gullyruns, switchback climbs, gnarly rocks and fun drops make this a great ending tothe two days of two-wheeled fun.
Safe in the bush, away from cars, with only the wildlife tosurprise you. You concentrate on the trail, your breathing, dodging the trees,holes and logs, beating your mate to the top of the hill and taking in theview.
Sometimes you forget that you are exercising. The adventurehas taken over!
- 8 hours of guided mountain biking
- 4 mountain bike trail locations
- Lunch at Holgate’s Brewery (beer at own risk)
- 3.5 star Accommodation in Bendigo
- Lunch at das Kafehaus, Castlemaine
- Trek Hardtail with front suspension
- Australian standards approved helmet
- Pick up and drop off Melbourne CBD
What to bring…..
- Comfortable clothing for exercise
- Light jacket
- Comfortable footwear
- Cycling shoes and pedals if you wish to use them
- Water bottle
We will carry the required gear for simple bike repairs andgeneral maintenance including spare tubes should you need them. The bikes weuse are well maintained Giant hardtail bikes with front suspension from WoodendCycles.
You will be required to sign a waiver to participate.Mountain biking is an adventurous sport and we expect you will ride within yourlimits. We cannot accept responsibility for the decisions you make on the bike.We advise that you take out travel insurance and/or have ambulance cover incase something goes wrong. You can never be too careful.
What ANTT will supply for riding…..
- Bike racks/trailer
- Tubs for gear
- First aid kit