The idea of cycling remote Outback Australia trails with support became Outbike in 2004.
It started with Alice Springs to Coober Pedy in 14 days, all dirt but not too difficult, via the Old Andado Track, Western Simpson Desert, Dalhousie Springs and Oodnadatta. In 2005 the Bike ‘n Wheels Expedition was added, riding Gulf-to-Gulf across the continent, from Port Augusta to Karumba via Birdsville in 30 days. The G2G continues to be one of Australia’s most iconic rides, occurring every 3 years. Next is May-June 2022.
In recent years, rides have included Charters Towers to Charleville, loops and rail-trail routes in South East Queensland, combinations of Victoria’s Rail Trails and tracing along SA’s Limestone Coast.
In 2016 and 2018 Outbike ran the Tour du Front, 23-day rides of the WW1 Western Front from Niewport on the North Sea to Basel Switzerland in collaboration with Belgian Carl Ooghe, an ace battlefield cycling guide.
Outbike events generally run with between 6 and 20 participants.
Outbike’s outback rides are all-camping. Where we run rail-trails and back-roads rides we can be either camping or accommodation (or offer a choice). Europe rides so far have been all-accommodated.
Outbike has been ‘under our command’ from the launch in 2004 to 2007 and back with us again since 2014. Rides are not running all the time – typically we run several events each year.
Outbike and Arcadia Travel are co-owned.
The 2021 Queensland Outback Rail-Road-Ride is a series of road bike rides, in four stages, matching Queensland’s growing network of sealed ‘development roads’ with the (shrinking) rail network. Each stage begins or ends at points serviced by NSW or Queensland Rail and with the event we aim to also show how point-to-point outback cycling can match well with trains. These rides are camping, in towns, beside remote pubs and rest areas. Distances vary from 64 to 230 km. Longest days are 209 and 230 km. Stage 4 includes options to ride 3 trains: Inlander, Gulflander and Savannahlander. Day by day details now available on request.
22 April 2021: Dig Tree Dash, Moree to Charleville via Cooper Creek in 13 days
6 May 2021: Qantas 101, Charleville to Longreach via Isisford in 5 days
14 May 2021: Min Min Lights, Longreach to Mt.Isa via Winton and Boulia in 9 days
23 May 2021: Gulf Country, Mt.Isa to Forsayth via Karumba and Normanton in 12 days
4 May to 6 June 2022: Ride Gulf to Gulf, Port Augusta to Karumba, trans-continental across Australia in 30 days. In Sept 2020 we confirmed this event to run. The dates include the transfers, from Adelaide and on to Cairns.
June-July 2022: An additional Gulf to Gulf may be offered in 2022 if the above event books out. If we do this, it will run southbound.
After the borders reopen rides will be scheduled in SE Australia featuring the growing rail-trails network of Southern NSW, Victoria and SA.
More about past Outbike rides and ideas for groups and clubs can be found on our ‘legacy’ outbike.com.au website.
Testimony from one of our returning riders:
“My introduction to Outbike was in 2016 when I signed up for the inaugural Tour de Front. Thanks to Ralph and Carl the tour was a great success, from both the WW1 historical perspective and the challenge of cycling the length of the Western Front in 23 days.
Again, thanks to Outbike I have been able to cycle rail trails in Victoria and coastal roads and trails in South Australia with excellent organisation and back up from the tour leader.
Another challenge I can highly recommend is the Gulf to Gulf. It will test you physically and mentally but there is an enormous sense of achievement at the end of the ride.
Outbike gives you the opportunity to see parts of the country you may never have visited or thought to cycle.”
T.B. from Queensland, 2020
To inquire about Outbike events please speak with Ralph on 0406440418, email firstname.lastname@example.org or message via the inquiry form below.