Tour Services, Inclusions and Exclusions
Tour de Bello offers a fully supported road cycling experience. Below is a summary of what you can expect, and a list of things not included.
Tour de Bello in 2018 will be based in Bellingen with all rides commencing from our accommodation partner venue, the Bellingen Valley Lodge.
Accommodation costs are not included in the tour fee.
You have the option of staying at the Tour venue or organising your own accommodation. The Bellingen Valley Lodge have provided Tour de Bello with favourable group booking rates. If you choose to stay at the Lodge, we'll make the arrangements for you.
Bellingen Valley Lodge accommodation including full hot country breakfast: $135/night per room.
There are rooms to suit couples, twin share and families. Just let me know your preference and we'll book accordingly.
All the rooms have stunning Valley views. For the full tour experience you'll need accommodation for three nights:
- Check-in: Thursday 30 August
- Check-out: Sunday 2 September
For singles booking, you'll have the option of taking your own room, or request to be paired with a room mate and to share the accommodation costs with them.
Bring a friend - it's cheaper and more fun!
LOCATION / WEATHER / CLOTHING
Bellingen is approximately 5 hours drive north of Wahroonga, Sydney, or a 1-hour flight (several flights daily to/from Sydney with Qantas, and Virgin or direct flight from Melbourne with Tigerair). We can arrange for Coffs Harbour airport pickup/drop off (just let us know on your booking form), and if flying from Sydney we may also be able to transport your bike and kit for you
The climate at our resort in September is most pleasant for riding. Cool overnight (average minimum overnight temperature of 13.5C) and mild during the day (average maximum 22C). It's also the driest time of year. Perfect !
Nevertheless, climate does not tell us what the weather will be on any given day so be prepared for cooler or warmer conditions. We will still ride in wet weather but may adjust ride routes to suit conditions on the day.
FULL RIDER SUPPORT
Support vehicles and ride guide
A vehicle and a local ride guide will support each group out on the road with supplies, spares, tools, food and drink or clothing as needed. No need to stuff your pockets full - we'll take care of it !
Stewart "Computa" Campbell of Happy Wheels fame will be on hand to sort out any issues with your bike.
Tour participants will have a great opportunity to talk with and ask questions of coach Alex during the Tour. If you have any special requirements or interests, please let us know and we'll endeavour to help.
A full hot country cooked breakfast is included for those booking and staying at the Bellingen Valley Lodge.
We'll also have a range of ride snacks and extra water and electrolyte drink mix available before your ride and in the ride support vehicles.
We've schedule the rides so that a stop for lunch will either be part of the ride or we'll finish the ride at the cafe strip in Bellingen.
We will be booking dinner venues for Thursday and Friday evenings. Dinner on these nights is not included and will be at your own cost.
On Saturday afternoon we will host a BBQ for all tour members (not including day trippers).
Tour soigneur will be available for those interested in a post ride massage/rub down.
Fluids / electrolyte drinks
We'll have electrolyte drink mixes available to help ensure you are well hydrated for the next day.
The motel offers comfortable rooms to rest and relax, perhaps an afternoon nap to freshen up for the next day's ride.
There are plenty of things to see and do in the local region. Forest Sky Pier at Sealy Lookout (pictured above) provides for a stunning panoramic view of the coastal region, while the Skywalk lookout overlooking the Dorrigo National Park is well worth a trip (a 40-min drive up the mountain on Waterfall Way), or perhaps a visit to The Butterfly House to experience these amazingly gentle creatures (a 20-min drive).
Bellingen is home to many excellent shops and boasts a great cafe culture with entertainment always on hand and locally in Urunga there are many sights along the Urunga boardwalk.
See the regional tourism information here for lots of ideas and suggestions:
Bellingen & Dorrigo
- Organised fully supported rides as per tour program
- BBQ dinner Saturday afternoon
- Ride snacks and water / electrolyte mix
- Mechanic on tour
- Local ride guide on some days
- Ride support vehicles
- Soigneur available for leg massage/rub down available by appointment
- Access to professional coaching support and advice
- Coffs Harbour airport pickup / drop off and bike transport from/to Sydney where reasonably feasible
- Bad jokes and a healthy sense of fun!
- Accommodation costs are not included in the tour fee.
- We recommend staying at the tour venue, the Bellingen Valley Lodge and if you choose to stay there, we'll make your booking for you. We have organised favourable group booking rates with the motel.
- If you choose not to stay at the venue, it will be your responsibility to arrive at the Lodge well before and be ready to depart on the ride each morning.
- Meals will be at participant's own cost
- Breakfast will be available at the Bellingen Valley Lodge for those staying at the venue
- Lunch stops either during or at the end of our rides will be planned
- Dinner venues will be booked for Thursday and Friday evenings.
Thursday will be at a great local pub, while on Friday we'll dine at the Lodge.
- Transport to/from camp (although we can provide local Coffs airport transfers, and some bike/kit transfer from and to Sydney).
Tour de Bello is conducted in and around the Bellinger Valley and Coffs Coast region.
TRAVELLING TO THE REGION
Recent improvements to the NSW Pacific coastal freeway, which now bypasses the towns of Macksville, Nambucca Heads and Urunga, has opened up a whole raft of great cycling options in the region. No traffic, no lights, just endless tarmac rolling through glorious countryside. All this just 5 hours drive from Wahroonga at the southern end of the M1 freeway, or a lazy hour's flight from Sydney.
An easy 5-hour cruise control trip on uninterrupted dual lane high-speed freeway. There are even direct flights from Melbourne to Coffs Harbour for any of our southern cousins seeking to get some great rides in warmer conditions.
Of course those of you local to the region are also most welcome to book in and join the Tour !