“Our 2010 UCI Road World Championships Tour kicks off in Melbourne on September 25th and wraps up on October 4th,” reports Samantha Denmead, Managing Director for Island Cycle Tours. Island Cycle Tours is the only Australian tour group to have earned the distinction of being named an Endorsed Cycling Tour Operator by the Organising Committee for this historic event, being held for the first time ever in Southern Hemisphere.
“Thanks to our association with the Event’s Organising Committee, we will be able to give our guests 8 days of unparalleled cycling in Australia that also includes unsurpassed access to the course, the race and the racers,” says Denmead with pride. “It is a true VIP experience.”
Adding to the VIP experience is Island Cycle Tour’s decision to limit the number of cyclists to 30. “The group will be led by three experienced ‘crew’ members, handpicked to ensure that every leg of the journey is effortless and enjoyable for our guests,” says Denmead.
Effortless and Enjoyable from Start to Finish
Cyclists who ride with Island Cycle Tours need only arrange their flight to Melbourne. “We handle the rest,” says Denmead. The company provides all round-trip transportation and has created a tour itinerary that allows visitors to enjoy riding and sightseeing along some of Australia’s prime routes that traverse the Great Ocean Road, the Bellarine Peninsula, and the spectacular Twelve Apostles.
Denmead notes that Australia is one of the world’s most cycle-friendly countries and has been since the 19th Century. Velocipedes (early bicycles with pedals on the front wheel) were introduced in Melbourne in 1868 and the following July, Australia's first bicycle race was held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Today, it is estimated that 43% of the population owns a bicycle.
Ride the Course, Feel the Thrill
“Many people have watched the UCI Road World Championships from afar,” says Denmead. “With Island Cycle Tours, they can experience it from the saddle.” On October 2nd, Island Cycle Tours guests can take advantage of an opportunity to feel like world class cycling competitors. The company has made special arrangements for participants to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience and ride the official World Championships course.
Each lap is around 16 kilometers and members of the tour group may do as many laps as they wish.
Afterwards, riders can retire to Cavendish Common to watch the racing action. “The Common is a private viewing area where Island Cycle Tours guests will be part of an exclusive group of spectators situated in a prime location on the course for each race day,” explains Denmead.
Denmead notes that housing will be scarce due to the influx of visitors. “But our guests are assured superb lodging throughout their visit.” From September 30th through the end of their visit, Island Cycle Tours participants will spend their nights at The Langham, Melbourne. The opulent 5-star hotel has been making visitors feel at home since 1865 and was voted the top city hotel in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific in Travel + Leisure Magazine’s 'World's Best’ readers’ survey.
An additional highlight in Melbourne is the official 2010 UCI Road World Championships’ Gala Dinner. Tickets to the event are highly coveted beyond spectacular food and drink, “Guests get the unprecedented chance to rub shoulders with some of cycling’s elite past and present champions,” says Denmead.
The memories of this experience will last a lifetime, but just to make certain, Island Cycle Tours will also provide racing ‘swag.’ “All of our guests will receive cycling jerseys, event polos and caps as souvenirs of their participation in this unforgettable world-class cycling event,” reports Denmead.
For additional information about Island Cycle Tours 2010 UCI Road World Championships tour; their ‘Post-Worlds’ 7 day trip to Tasmania; as well as other classic cycling vacations in Australia and New Zealand, please visit www.islandcycletours.com
Island Cycle Tours
Island Cycle Tours is one of Australia’s premier tour operators with cycling holidays to suit riders at all skills levels, from raw beginners to more seasoned and advanced cyclists. It hosts cycling experiences throughout Australia and New Zealand, and was chosen as an Endorsed Cycling Tour Operator for the 2010 UCI Road World Championships. In addition to its menu of regularly scheduled cycling holidays, Island Cycle Tours also creates tailor-made trips that can be customized to the needs of a cycling group. For more information, please visit www.islandcycletours.com
Island Cycle Tours invites riders to enjoy the best of Australian cycling and hospitality before, during, and after the 2010 UCI Road World Championships, being held for the first time ever in the Southern Hemisphere. The company, an officially Endorsed Island Cycle Tours offer guided cycling tours in Australia and New Zealand for small groups and for private charter.
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