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Christmas in July gravel bike tour

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Christmas in July Gravel Bike Tour

Enjoy 3 days of festive fun, Christmas cheer, egg nog around the fire and great gravel riding

Cycling Tour Overview

3
RIDES
2
NIGHTS
135KM
TOTAL over 3 Rides
LEVEL

1 Roo: I’m relatively fit and comfortable on the bike and happiest on mild gradients or the flat.

2 Roo’s: Fitness and health is my life. I ride regularly on a weekly basis with friends and on weekends I’m not daunted by rides of up to 5 hours for a few days back to back.  

3 Roo’s: Riding is my life! I’m not interested in racing, I don’t need to prove anything to anyone. I love the challenge and the idea of where my legs and bike can take me. My friends and I are always looking for the next cycling adventure. Want to know more about the VéloRoo Roo levels?

AUD $820
pp twin share
DEAL
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  • We’ve brought together the best network of undiscovered backroads around Crows Nest, and included a bit of Festive Cheer to give you a great cycling weekend getaway.

    Located on the crest of the Great Dividing Range, Crows Nest in Queensland is surrounding by rolling hills, farmland and awesome riding opportunities. Get away from the crowds and surround yourself in beautiful countryside, all only 2hrs from Brisbane and enjoy wonderful mixed-surface cycling followed by two great dinners featuring the Grand Old Crow Hotel’s “Christmas in July Dinner and Trivia Night”.

    Whether it’s the challenge of the long gentle climbs, the anticipation of the big country views to be enjoyed, or the exhilaration of zooming down a beautiful country gravel road with the fresh country air on your face and the crunch of gravel under your bike tyres, you’ll have three days of pure joy to fully immerse yourself in this remarkably diverse region. Throw in a few Christmas themed elements and activities along the way and it is a recipe for an unforgettable weekend away in the country.

  • Just turn up at Crows Nest and we take care of the rest – enjoy the adventure!

    • 3 guided rides on our hand picked routes around Crows Nest
    • 2 nights twin share 4 star motel accommodation
    • Vehicle support on the ride – no need to weigh yourself down like a pack horse
    • Ride snacks and water on board the support vehicle
    • Breakfast hamper
    • Saturday lunch
    • Local Distillery visit
    • 2 dinners including “Christmas in July Dinner and Trivia Night”

    Gravel bike and e-mountain-bike hire are also available.

     

  • XMas in July –  Gravel Bike Tour

    Routes, itineraries, meals & accommodation are all hand picked by us for your enjoyment. Itinerary is subject to modification to suit the road & weather conditions.

    • Day 1

      Ride 32 km / 530m elevation / 57% gravel

      Make your way to our start point in Crows Nest, situated 2hrs drive inland from Brisbane. Your drive will take you through beautiful countryside as you start to relax into your weekend away.

      1pm Meet in Crows Nest and soak in the country town vibe.

      1:30pm Our first ride begins! We set off with gentle climbing, rewarding us with picturesque views. This has a bit of everything from wide smooth gravel to lumpy double track, steady climbs followed by sweeping descents. The pace is relaxed, allowing everyone to take in the beauty of the countryside.

      5pm After our invigorating ride, we make our way to the local Distillery for some well-deserved gin and vodka tastings. We raise our glasses to a day of exploration and camaraderie.

      7pm Dinner awaits us at the local Italian restaurant, where we share stories and laughter over delicious food and drinks, embodying the spirit of “Live, Laugh, Ride.”

    • Day 2

      Ride 75 km / 1082m elevation / 53% gravel         

      8:30am We start our day with a morning coffee as we prepare for another day of adventure.

      9am Heading west on a 53km loop full of twists and turns as we follow the contours of the rolling countryside. We pedal at a comfortable pace, enjoying the serenity of the landscape.

      Lunchtime Loop back to Crows Nest, where we refuel over lunch, ready for the afternoon session of our ride.

      1pm After lunch we head south on a 22km loop. We enjoy very gentle climbing bringing us to our expansive view point and then a lovely decent back into town. The scenery inspires us as we pedal along, feeling the rhythm of the road beneath our wheels.

      7pm We wrap up our day with Christmas in July dinner at the local pub and take on the locals for trivia night.

    • Day 3

      Ride 28 km / 500m elevation / 64% gravel

      Our last morning’s ride offers spectacular views and completely different landscapes from our previous rides.

      After enjoying our morning coffee in Crows Nest our ride heads easterly and takes us from beautiful remnant forest to lush farm lands. We spend the first 10 undulating km’s on tarmac, perfect to warm up the legs.

      We take a turn off the tarmac onto a gravel road that is easily missed to wind through the beautiful remnant forest as we follow the escarpment of the Great Dividing Range. Get ready to be wowed by the expansive views on offer from our lofty height.

      Our return route to Crows Nest has a little bit of back tracking before we enjoy the mostly down hill wide gravel we’ve come to love all the way back into Crows Nest.

      We bid you farewell as you head back home.

  • What sort of cycling experience do I need?

    VéloRoo Adventures are not about setting the fastest time, but having the best time! If you are comfortable and have some experience riding in a group, you’ll be fine. Our adventure peloton sizes range from around 8 – 12 people. You need to be comfortable riding at least 50 kilometres in a day. The area around Crows Nest is not mountainous, but undulating. We’ve researched the best routes to navigate the hilly countryside. There’s no mountain biking rocks and jumps, but by their nature, unpaved roads can offer soft or loose gravelly sections or areas that may have some slight erosion after seasonal weather.

    What sort of bike do I need?

    You will need something that can handle dirt and gravel roads: a Gravel Bike, Mountain Bike or Electric Mountain Bike. Give us a call to discuss the suitability of your bike if you are unsure. Bike Hire available If you don’t have your own bike that’s suitable for the gravel riding, don’t worry! We have gravel bikes for hire, just contact us for more details. We can also arrange for e-bike hire.

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AUD $820
DEAL - 15% BQ member discount - SAVE $123 pp! not a BQ member yet - join up and save!

pp twin share

Single supplement additional AUD $170

Christmas in July Gravel Bike Tour

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Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation VeloRoo acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We acknowledge the Jarowair’, Garumga, and Dalla People as the Traditional Owners of the Crows Nest area. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.