Tour Bathurst and Orange

with Mark Renshaw
Mark Renshaw ESSH1532

Come along, get away, ride your bike and support local businesses


 

2021 Dates

Five Day OR Three Road Tour

Full Five Days : Starting and Concluding in Bathurst NSW:

Wednesday 17 February to Sunday 21 February 2021

 

Three Day : Starting and Concluding in Bathurst NSW:

Friday 19 February to Sunday 21 February 2021

 

Bookings Close Friday 20 December 2021

 


 

COVID-19

We continue to assess the Global COVID-19 Crisis. We remain positive and we will continue to monitor the situation.

 

We will keep all our riders who have booked with us up to date with regular updates.

 

This situation is completely new and unknown, so if:

 

If we have to postpone the 2021 tour, your paid money will be refunded in full.

 

We will also give you priority for our tour in 2021.

 

We ask you to book ASAP so that we know how many riders are wanting to join us and so that we can continue to plan.

 



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Join twowheeltours for some superb cycling in Bathurst & Orange

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WHY JOIN US?

 

  • Bathurst is an easy < 2:45 hour drive from Sydney
  • For all riders, the tour starts and finishes in Bathurst NSW
  • Ride with Mark Renshaw - including a welcome meet and greet dinner at his store, Renshaw's Pedal Project on the Wednesday night
  • Ride with locals who will show you their secret loops
  • The chance to explore fantastic roads around glorious Bathurst and Orange 

  • Rides will vary from ~30km on the first afternoon to +160km and +2,800m ascent
  • There will be two groups heading out each day, a faster and slower group
  • Riders doing the full five days will ride from Bathurst to Orange on Thursday and then return to Bathurst on Friday - spending three nights in Bathurst and one night in Orange
  • Riders doing the three days will arrive into  Bathurst on the Friday - spending two nights in Bathurst, joining the five day riders for the Saturday and Sunday
  • Guides, mechanics and support vehicle will be available on all rides

  • Ride as much as you want and have the option for a day off to exlore the area

  • Each day you will have access to a bag drop for all rides. In the morning, drop your bag (musette) at the designated start location, access it during the ride and then collect at the end of the day's ride
  • Riders doing five days will have all breakfasts, three top level dinners and one vineyard lunch with wine tasting
  • Riders doing three days will have all breakfasts and two top level dinners
  • First round of drinks at each dinner
  • Support local businesses
  • Come with your mates or meet some new riders 
  • See the FAQ tab below for full details 

  

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Itinerary : Bathurst and Orange

2021 Itinerary 

Day 1 - Wednesday : 2:00pm tour starts in Bathurst : ~30 km flat-ish ride in afternoon : Dinner supplied by twowheeltours : Accomodation in Bathurst


Day 2 - Thursday : ~101km ride : Ride Bathurst > Orange : Vineyard lunch on offer before arriving to Orange : Dinner on your own* : Accomodation in Orange

 

Day 3 - Friday : ~95km day ride : Ride Orange > Bathurst : Dinner supplied by twowheeltours : Accomodation in Bathurst

 

***Three Day riders arrive Bathurst***

 

Day 4 -Saturday : ~160km day ride : Ride from Bathurst > Hill End > Bathurst : Dinner supplied by twowheeltours : Accomodation in Bathurst

 

Day 5 - Sunday : ~100km : Similar ride to the Bathurst Classic Loop : Showers on offer at accommodation post ride

 

Riders will receive the Full Itineray once they book - please email us

 

* At own cost

Itinerary subject to change

5 & 3 Day Package and Price : Bathurst and Orange

Price

Five Days

$2,150 twin share

+ $300 single supplement

 

Three Days

$1,575 twin share

+ $200 single supplement 

 

See FAQ Tab for Inclusions and more details

Accommodation : Bathurst and Orange

Bathurst 

Panorama

Premium King Room

https://panoramabathurst.com.au

51 Durham St
Bathurst NSW 2795

 

Panomarma Bathurst

 


 

For those on the Five Day Tour you will spend one night in a Boutique Hotel

 

Orange 

de Russie Boutique Hotel

Studio Suite

http://www.derussiehotels.com.au

72 Hill Street
Orange NSW 2800

 

de Russie Orange

FAQ : Tour Bathurst & Orange

What does twowheeltours cover?

Accommodation and the following meals : all breakfasts from Thursday to Sunday : Thursday lunch : All dinners and first round of drinks except Thursday night.

 

We will have ride guides, mechanics - including pumps, tools etc and support vehicle during the tour. 

 

Riders will also have access to sun cream, specific ride hydration and nutrition. 

  

What is not included in the tour price?

Insurance

Hire bike

Massages

Café stops

In-room charges

One dinner and all lunches except Thursday

Flights / Costs to get to and from Bathurst

 

I want to hire a bike, can twowheeltours help - I may even want to hire an e-bike?

Yes, we can assist. Please email info@twowheeltours.com.au asap so that we can begin to organise your hire bike. 

  

COVID-19

We continue to assess the Global COVID-19 Crisis. We remain positive and we will continue to monitor the situation.

 

We will keep all our riders who have booked with us up to date with regular updates.

 

This situation is completely new and unknown, so if:

 

If we have to postpone the 2021 tour, your paid money will be refunded in full.

 

We will also give you priority for our later in the year 2021 tour.

 

If you have not registered for the tour, we ask you to book ASAP so that we know how many riders are wanting to join us and so that we can continue to plan.

 

Why Mark Renshaw?

Mark is an Australian cycling legend. He is a born and raised Bathurst-ian and moved back there in 2019 once he retired from pro-cycling.

 

Mark rode professionally between 2004 and 2019 for several top-tier teams including Française des Jeux, Crédit Agricole, HTC–Highroad, Belkin Pro Cycling, Etixx–Quick-Step and Team Dimension Data.

 

His most notable wins are the general classification of the 2011 Tour of Qatar, and the one-day race Clásica de Almería in 2013. From 2009 to 2011 and from 2014 until his retirement, Renshaw was known as the main lead-out man for fellow sprinter Mark Cavendish at HTC–Highroad, Etixx–Quick-Step and Team Dimension Data. 

 

You can read more information about Mark on his wikipedia page

 

How much will Mark be riding with us?

He will be on the ride on Wednesday afternoon and the rides on the Saturday and Sunday. 

 

What type of roads will be we be riding on and what type of a bike is suitable?

A standard road bike is suitable for this tour. The general road surface can be 'dead' so we recommend larger volume tires i.e. 25mm. 

 

Your crank and cassette can be standard, we do not recommend that riders alter what they have on their current bike.

   

What are some of the epic segments on the trip?

Mt Canobalas - Orange
5.69km / Avg 7% / Lowest 995m / Highest 1,388m / Difference 392m / Category 2 / KOM 17:34 / QOM 22:31
https://www.strava.com/segments/1047101

 

Turondale Rd to Box Ridge Rd - back from Hill End

10.57km / Avg 2% / Lowest 576m / Highest 896m / Difference 321m / Category 0 / KOM 24:59 / QOM 29:44

https://www.strava.com/segments/18925870

 

What is the longest ride of the trip?

~+160km with ~+2,800m of climbing. See the Itinerary tab for more details on our agenda. Full details will be emailed to riders once they have booked.   

 

Are there shorter options available? 

No but there is a support vehicle on each ride so if you have had enough, you can get in the vehicle.

 

Do I have to ride each day?

There is no problem with missing one of the rides. You can ride as much or as little as you would like.

 

What staffing does twowheeltours provide?

We have been runnings tours since 2009 and know what riders need and expect. We will have a Tour Manager, driver and ride guides / mechanics on tour. 

 

Strava links & GPX Files

A month before the tour, riders will receive the web links to the rides so that they can download the GPX files. On the links, riders will be able to see the elevation gains and total km's.

 

RIDERS MUST DOWNLOAD the GPX Files to their own Garmin device (or similar) and be familiar with the courses as they are NOT signposted. 

  

What will the tour look like? 

We are not planning on getting up at 6:00am to ride as early as possible. On this tour we want you to explore, taste and cycle the country-side of NSW. 

 

  • Wake up between 0700 and 0730
  • Breakfast between 0700 and 0845 - all breakfasts are included
  • 0845 twowheeltours mechanic, tools, pumps, and sun cream will be available 15 mins before the ride departs near hotel reception
  • Drop your mussette(s) with twowheeltours staff. You will see those bags again at designated rest stops and at the ride finish. In those bags you can put nutrition, extra clothing and/or leave clothing
  • Depart 0900
  • Our support vehicle will be roaming during each ride. In our vehicle will be First Aid, sun cream, water, fruit, your mussette(s), tools and pump
  • Cafe stop on offer during the rides*
  • Finish rides between 1130 and 1400 
  • Lunch* on your own with the exception of Thursday's lunch
  • Meet 1800 at the designated restaurant for dinner where a nightly briefing will be held

 

* At own cost 

 

Bad Weather

There is one thing we cannot change and that is the weather. If there is severe weather, a decision will be made either the night before or the morning of the ride(s) to cancel or alter the route(s).

  

How hard is the riding going to be?

This is not a tour where we are planning on 'smashing' out each ride as fast as possible. Rides will be in bunches and we will offer a faster and slower group. The rides are not 'flat' so expect a lot of climbing on each ride. On the rides - expect a minimum of +100km with +1,500m of climbing, with one day being over +2,800m.

 

If riders wish to have a day off or head out on their own using their own GPS device, that is more than okay. 

 

These are bunch rides, the tour is not a race.

 

Excellent endurance is required to complete all these rides. Before the tour, riders are encouraged to have completed multiple rides of 100 km or more in length with a minimum of 1500m climbing. Also having completed two long rides on successive days. PLEASE NOTE : riding in a bunch does not count. Get your nose into the wind and consider a long ride to be 4.5 to 6.5 hours of moving time.

 

What level of rider do I need to be?

This is not a tour for beginners. The loops are long and far from flat and the weather can play as massive part in each days ride. We expect that riders can ride back to back +100km days and be able to ride for 100km without needing to stop. 

 

We also expect that riders can ride in a bunch situation.

  

Is there a minimum speed average?

We will split the rides into at least two groups, a fast and slower bunch. 

 

Do I need a training program?

Each rider is different. A training program certainly helps, especially when talking to a coach who has a wealth of experience.

 

We like to encourage riders with the fact that the fitter they are, the more fun they will have. 

 

We have a range of coaches who we highly recommend. For further details on training programs, costs etc - CLICK HERE

 

I would like to spend more days in Bathurst

twowheeltours is more than happy to assist with this request. Please email us on info@twowheeltours.com.au so that we can organise exactly what you would like. We are more than able to assist you if you would like to come in two nights before the tour or spend extra nights post the tour in Bathurst. We can be as flexible as you need.

 

I would like to fewer days on tour

twowheeltours fully understands that not everybody can get away for 5 days so we are offering a package where riders can arrive on Friday night into Bathurst so that you can join us on the Saturday and Sunday rides.

 

Tools and other equipment

twowheeltours will have a full tool kit for your use on the tour.

   

What is there to do at the end of the days rides?

Relax, shower and head out to lunch* or sit in a café* and talk to other riders, take a nap, rehydrate and/or grab a massage*. There is generally a reasonable amount of time to relax before dinner.

 

* At own cost 

  

What should I bring on each ride and what should I pack?

It is highly recommended that riders bring tubes, mini tool, levers etc which you would normally take on a long ride - recommended pack list.

 

During the rides you will need to be somewhat self sufficient, riders will be asked to carry a tube, levers and an air cannister. There can be long sections where there will be NO phone reception.

 

It is also recommend that riders bring specific spokes and derailleur tip/hanger - you will be reminded of this during the booking phase. There will be cables, chains and tires available and bike shops are close to the accomodations.

 

Each rider must be prepared for colder temperatures, and not only rainy weather. Bathurst can have four seasons in a day, please make sure you pack:

 

Hardshell helmet

Long sleeve thermal jacket

Full finger winter gloves

Thermal overshoes

Leg warmers/leggings

 

The jacket should be ‘waterproof’ and ‘windproof’. The one which we have been using in the past is Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Jacket. We also pack a lighter spray jacket plus a gillet/vest to come away with. 

 

Other choices are:

Attaquer All Day Rain

Gore Stretch

Castelli Perfetto 

 

What is the average temperature in Bathurst in February? 

Min 13C / Max 28C with an average of 5 days of rain

 

What is the average temperature in Orange in February

Min 14C / Max 26C with an average of 5 days of rain 

 

Clothing

It is recommended that riders bring 5 sets of cycling clothing. 

 

Is there gear that I HAVE to wear?

You can cycle in whatever gear you would like, we recommend that you bring cycle clothing that you have ridden in before.

 

Clothing

For dinners - there is no dress code. Even at our welcome dinner and farewell dinner there is no specific dress code, jeans, t-shirt and sneakers are more than suitable. There is only so much you can pack.

 

Bike servicing and washing

All riders, pre tour, should have their bikes FULLY serviced including, bottom bracket wear/tear, rims checked, new tires, inner tubes, brakes and cables. 

 

We have mechanics on tour. All riders will be able to use our tools for any of your needs. There is NO charge for our mechanical work but if extra parts are needed riders will be charged as necessary.

  

Gearing

We will have riders on standard and compact crank set ups. We do not recommend that riders change the crank set up on their current bikes for this tour. For the rear, we recommend at least a 28. 

 

What wheels should I bring?

We would HIGHLY recommend that you leave tubular tires at home. 

 

Insurance

Riders should have their own insurance which covers all aspects such as medical, flights, bike damage etc. 

   

Diet - Food on Trip

Travelling away from home is always an adventure. As part of your tour, the hotels will supply you with a daily breakfast and we will dine at local restaurants each night and have one lunch at a winery for those on the five day tour. 

 

For the three day tour - riders will have daily breakfast and two dinners. 

 

If you have eating requirements/needs please let us know when you book in the comments section and we will endeavour to meet your needs.

  

Sports Nutrition

We will have ride specific bars (most likely Clif bars) and gels (most likely Endura) on the tour.  Everyone has their favourite nutritional companies. Please do not hesitate to bring along what you are happy with and what you trust.

 

Feel free to contact our Sports Dietitian, Chloe McLeod, who we use to help guide our clients for smarter eating on such events - more information click here

  

Safety

Roads are NOT closed to traffic. Riders must obey all road rules and respect the traffic laws:

 

  • To cycle on the left hand side of the road, at ALL times
  • To respect all road signs and traffic lights
  • To respect other road users who are not involved in the tour
  • To wear your helmet at all times

     

I have booked spot on the tour, what next?

You main focus once you have booked with us is training. You will be required to completed some twowheeltours paper work.

  

Paper work

We require you to sign a waiver from twowheeltours.

 

Hotels

Please see the Accommodation tab for more details. 

 

Location of Hotels

The accommodation's are close to the cities of Bathurst and Orange so you can walk into town post rides. We will also walk to dinners each night. 

 

Non-riding partners

If your partner would like to join you, no problem. They can join us for meals and spend a day in the support vehicle if they would like. Please contact us for more details info@twowheeltours.com.au 

 

Payment

Upon booking a deposit is required, all details of payments will be outlined on your invoice.

 

How do I make the remaining payments?

Via direct deposit, all details of payments will be outlined on your invoice.  

 

Do you take Credit Card?

Yes, there is a 2.3% transaction fee, please contact us so that we can organise the payment through SquareUp

 


 

FAQ : Travelling from Interstate and getting to Bathurst

twowheeltours is more than happy to assist with this request. Please email us on info@twowheeltours.com.au so that we can help to organise your transfer up with another rider who is coming from Sydney.

 

Flights

You are to book your own flights.

 

How do I pack my bike? 

Drop into your favourite Local Bike Store (LBS) and ask them to assist you. You could ask them to do it first then build it up, then you have a go - all for a price. Or you can become a profession via youtube - LINK. We will be there to help you build your bike. 

 

Which bike box should I use?

How long is a piece of string, there are SO many out on the market it is amazing, each year there seems to be something new and improved. We have used the EVOC Bike Travel Bag for the last 4 years - they have now updated to the PRO. We have used the EVOC Travel Bag countless of times for our MTB and road tours. It has NEVER had any issues, NEVER had my bike damaged and we really like it. I also have two ‘bits’ to make life a bit easier - CHAIN COVER & ROAD BIKE ADAPTOR. It may take a little longer to use this bike but once you have done with travel the bag compacts down. When boxing the bike, we would highly recommend removing the derailleur from the derailleur-tip but that takes a few extra seconds - youtube clip - this is a clip is by 'Computer' a Sydney mechanic, excuse his hair and finger nails, he really is a good guy! Other options are : Polaris do some very good models - LINK or Scicon Bags - LINK or there is the Helium one which gets great reviews - LINK OR go to your LBS and get a cardboard box.

 

Where can I build my bike?

We will have a designated area at the start and finish of the tour which can be used to build your bike. We will be there to assist with the building of your bike. 

 

Help will be there if necessary

To assist you in building your bike there will be the required tools plus bike stand, track pumps, torque wrench, grease, chain lube, rags, plastic gloves and hand wipes.

 

Have you ever had trouble transporting your bike on airlines?

In many years of traveling with a bike, there have never been any issues with boxing and flying with our bikes. Note, some airlines do charge for excess baggage while others do not, it also depends on your status with your airline. We highly recommend that you weigh your bike before you get to the airport and it is also highly recommended that you check prices and the fine print for excess luggage (ie bike bags / sporting equipment) with whoever you are flying with. Please do this before you get to the airport.

 

Further Questions Contact

Will Levy

info@twowheeltours.com.au

+61 430 121 776

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