Classic Otway Rides 4 ★ Gravel
14th August - 16th August 2020
Tour Package: minimum 4 riders @ $1595.00 each + 1 Guest: Rider or non-rider @ $550.00 each
Weekend Ride Escapes: 4 Star
Commencing: Friday 14 Aug 3 days/2 nights
Extra Guests: 2 singles or 1 couple
Phil Anderson Cycling is proud to present post Covid19 weekend escapes in the Otway’s. In the new normal where travel is limited Phil would like to share the secret rides in his own backyard. The Great Ocean Road precinct offers some of the best riding, walking, running, surfing and scenery in the world. Now is the time to explore the Otway’s, it’s quiet, stunningly beautiful and local.
This series of weekends is open to roadies or for the more adventurous a gravel bike weekend.
This opportunity is for you and 3 to 4 of your ride group. We expect that the group will have like riding competencies and will thus dictate their own pace. The rides are hosted by both a guide and support vehicle. There is a flow over option for 2 single additions to the group. The weekend package can be extended to include up to 4 partners, riding or non riding with a flow over options for 2 single additions to the group.
There is a choice of gravel loops, all starting from the Great Ocean Road that will excite any rider from those who are moderately skilled to advanced.
There is so much more, beach walks, runs, surf or swim.
14th August 2020
Day 1 - Classic Otway's, Ride Experiences
Your ride host will be Cape Patton to greet you and show you around the property.
We will run you through the next day’s ride, decide which course to ride based on the group competencies and make a time to meet in the morning. Phil’s 100km loop features 75% gravel roads, 2100m of elevation about 6 hours of work and sensational riding or an equally sensational 55km course that will test your skills and give you a great insight into the riding in the Otways.
There will be provisions for your first meal, pour a wine, cook and enjoy the space with friends and family on your first night at Cape Patton.
- Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would prefer a personal chef for the night/weekend if that is your preference
- Alternatively we can arrange bookings for regional restaurant meals
- or Create you own exclusive experience with a masseur and more should you wish
15th August 2020
Day 2, Ride:
Ride on your choice of distance and course
After an early breakfast your ride host will meet you at the gate to Cape Patton Estate for the start of your ride.
We start both rides with a climb over the coastal range through thick coastal forest on good gravel roads with little or no traffic. Each ride will have you traversing the Otways through logged segments, new growth and old growth forests before you start your return to the coast. Average grades for the climbs +/-5% with pinches to 10%.
The road surfaces are mostly a clay base with sprinklings of well packed blue gravel. The roads are fast if its dry but the Otways are wet and if there has been recent rain expect to be peppered with mud. These rides are deal for intermediate level rider’s with an equal level fitness. The longer loop can be shortened to 85km by returning via the sensational Turtons Track as gravel riding is often less about the kilometres than the time time in the saddle.
Please contact us if you would like us to supply you with locally sourced produce, for a home meal.
15th August 2020
Day 2 Non Riders
Walk the Wye River/Separation Creek Coastal walk 13.7km
For the non riders the newly developed Jamieson Creek Walking Track at 13.7km return is a rigourous effort.
After an early breakfast head to Wye River for a coffee at the General if you like before walking to 1.5km to Seperation Creek to start the walk. Funded by Parks Victoria after the Wye River Bushfires in 2015 the Walk to Jamieson River campground and return is magnificent. The views of the ocean, when they arrive are a framed vision surrounded by the backdrop of the Otway’s national park. Return to the Wye General for a well deserved lunch before returning to Cape Patton.
The walking/exploring options are plentiful, though some beach walks are dependent on tides.
Arriving home mid-afternoon you will all have time to refresh and relax, have a nap, afternoon tea, massage or perhaps a walk and swim at the beach. Curl up for the afternoon with a book of your choice or one from the shelves. You could continue to explore the bush surrounds and the local coast if you have energy to spare.
16th August 2020
Day 3 Great Ocean Road - Wye River Loop
Today's Ride: 55km / 3 hours
Today’s shorter ride can be done in either direction from Cape Patton, each gravel segment begining shortly after you climb from the coast.
60-70% of the ride is on gravel and for most of it you will be enveloped in dense rainforrest.
This shorter ride covers a little of everything but requires a good base level of gravel skill and road fitness. There are variations of this ride, depending on the groups time constraints or not, to increase the ride to 65km or shorten it to 43km.
Our aim at the end of this week end of riding is for you have taken away not only a great ride experience but to have in the least gained some insight into how to ride like a pro, descending tips, the nuances of how your gravel bike feels and performs compared to the handling of your road bike. Gravel riding, with a pro will not only improve your riding but fuel your passion for cycling on a whole new level.
Check out at your leisure:
Thank you and farewell from your ride team at “Classic Otway’s Ride Series”
16th August 2020
Day 3 Non Riders
5km Forrest - Beach walk
Today’s walk needs to be guided as the path is hidden.
Carved through the bush you will descend through changing terrains, rainforest to coastal scrub and arrive at the magnificent beach nestled on the rocky shores under Cape Patton.
Return to the house via the coast and driveway.
LATE CHECKOUT; at your leisure
We hope you enjoyed your Otway experience.
Lot 5 - 4650 Great Ocean Road
You will stay at an architecturally designed property that provides pre and post ride luxury. Offering stunning views of the ocean, you will be able to relax in comfort with your friends or family. Located only 27 kms from Lorne and elevated above Cape Patton this property offers both privacy and seclusion.
The Sleeping Wing
Entered From The Central Breezeway.
The property is designed around three key concepts. You will enter via a breezeway into a beautifully designed open plan Kitchen, Dining and Living area. The second wing is also entered via the breezeway and here you will find four modern queensize bedrooms all with stunning views of the ocean. This wing will sleep 4 riders, or 4 couples and also includes the large bathroom.
The property also boasts an outside fire pit, an exterior shower designed and built into natural rock and a BBQ area.
Generous Share Living And Dinning Space
Cook or just relax
Ample room for the family and friends for post ride recovery.
Large open kitchen
Large open kitchen with outside BBQ and well stocked pantry. Your host is happy for you to use basic pantry goods but expects, in good faith that you replace other than basic items.
Japanese style bath and shower
Japanese style bath and shower.
Queen size bedrooms with magnificent views
Queen size bedrooms with magnificent views.
Access to Bedroom wing and second living area
A great space, access to the view, living space, bedroom, boot room and bike rack!
Gourmet Dinner basket with provisions for a home cooked meal on your first night
- home made pasta
- a variety of sauces
- cheese, crackers and bread
- antipasta and 2 bottles of complimentary wine
- Breakfast provisions.
- Hosted secret walk
- Hosted ride with vehicle and mechanical support
- Sports bars, gels and hydrolyte drinks
Anything that caters for specific dietary needs and:
- Surfboards, wetsuits
- Wine beer and spirits
- hiking gear
- your own spirit of adventure