02-Mar-2016 - 06-Mar-2016
Duration: 5 Days/ 4 Nights
Suitable for: Beginer to Proficient
Prices from: TBC
One of the worlds longest bike races, the oldest race in Australia and the second longest running one day classic in the world in the is the Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic. The first race was held in 1895 with only 24 starters and 7 finishers straight down what is now known as the Princes Highway. Of the 90 races held over the history of the race on 32 occasions the race was run in the reverse direction.
The HLTT will complete the course in reverse directions via the Great Ocean Road, one of Australia’s iconic drives and one of the world’s best bike rides.
The tour will facilitate ride options for 2 groups, a stronger or elite group intent on riding the course at high average speeds and covering the full compliment of kilometers with their race faces on
and a second enthusiast group will ride shortened daily courses on selected sections of the road that will challenge all involved but which should encourage opportunities for additional recruitment. The rides will be designed to accommodate less accomplished riders keen on riding a slower pace but achieving milestone rides for the HLTT cause.
Tour de Transplant Transit and Start Day
Today's Ride: Warnambool to Port Cambell, 74kmOur proposed itinerary begins with a breakfast rendezvous at Southern Cross Station.
All aboard at 7.15 for a 7.20 departure to Warnambool.
The rail journey allows guests time to meet their fellow participants before arriving at the sea-side town and location of the ride start in Warrnambool.
A meal for champions after a long first day waits for riders and crew.
Tour de Transplant
Today's Ride: Elite 149km, Enthusiast 76kmToday we start our journey back towards Melbourne via Great Ocean Road and incorporating famed segments of the “Hell of the South classic”. We will depart together, our elite contingent on their bikes while our enthusiasts start in the van heading to Ferguson for the obligatory pre ride coffee.
Tour de Transplant
Today's Ride: Elite 125km, Enthusiast 45kmIf you have not participated in the Amy Gillett Gran Fondo today is your chance to tackle the famous course for the HLTT cause. Our Gran Fondo will not be a timed event but you will have many strava options to better should you choose with King of the mountains points up for grabs on a number of key climbs.
Despite riding on the race course today is an official elite riders rest day with stop off options at the Forrest Brewery for a refreshing local ale or the Gosling Creek winery further along the route to order the seasons best wines before our our eventual arrival in Lorne and celebratory dinner
Tour de Transplant
Today's Ride: Elite 145km, Enthusiast 48kmAs we press on ever closer to our final destination we have our first mass departure from Lorne. Our large peloton will ride en masse on the Great Ocean Road to the first major challenge of the day, Big Hill just out of Lorne.
At this point our elite riders will put their race faces on and push for king of the mountain points first and then press on down the road to Anglesea, Bells Beach and finally Torquay for espresso and a very early lunch sitting. Carbohydrates will be the order of the day as there is 100kms of hard riding through the undulating hills of the Bellarine peninsular frequented in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Ride before we turn towards Geelong.
For the enthusiast riders rolling out of Lorne with the heavy hitters of the group will be an unforgettable experience as you put your new found skills in group riding to the test. 2 abreast in tight formation guided by the best until the foothills of “Big Hill”. Reluctantly letting the guns ride forward on the ascent of ‘big hill’, we will continue to climb at a more sedate pade. The reward, a long winding descent that lands us in Eastern Beach then Fairhaven before we undulate along the coastal road at a pace to be enjoyed before arriving in Torquay for lunch. We do have time to linger, enjoy the well earned lunch and opportunity to relax in Torquay before we chase the remnants of the start group via our van to Geelong.
Victoria’s second biggest city and home of the Cycling world championships in 2010 Geelong will be our final night. Staying on the waterfront, our tour, private to date will open the doors to friends, family and supporters of HLTTV to join us for a fundraising dinner.
Tour de Transplant
Today's Ride: Elite 94km, Enthusiast 40km
Our final day in the saddle will see another group departure from Geelong. The elite group will avoid the busy roads on a ride that has us skirting the ancient You Yangs and passing towns of Lara and Little River towards the outskirts of Melbourne. Re-joining our group in Werribee we plan to ride en mass on the Federation Trail which follows the(disused) heritage-listed open sewer trench built in the 1890s and that serviced Melbourne for over 100 years. Arriving at the westgate bridge via bike paths we will cross the Yarra via the Westgate punt. A short skirt around Port Melbourne to Beach road and finally Albert Park before our first and final re-group of the tour.
Tradition demands a ceremonial arrival. A police escort to the Alfred Hospital mid afternoon for the final ceremonies and welcome b-b-que welcomes all riders safely home
- 4 nights accommodation in luxurious 4 star accommodation
- All meals
- Access to Australia’s Tour de France legend Phil Anderson
- Local Professional staff and mechanic support
- Support Vehicles on all rides
- Rides designed by Phil and featuring Phil riding with you
- Sports nutrition products
- Pick up from the Alfred. Drop off at the Alfred, Commercial Rd Prahran
- Road book of the tour including ride maps, gradient charts and more
- Heart and Lung Transplant Trust (Victoria) cycling jerseys
- Your bike, helmet shoes
- Meals other than those specified
- Drinks other thank those specified
- Additional Snacks