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’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.
12 July 2020: Bundaberg to Gladstone 480km in 7 days – on back roads tracking along the disused Mt Perry and Boyne-Burnett railways – both are proposed to become rail trails.
The 2021 Outback Queensland Rail-Road-Ride will be a road bike ride 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 hope to demonstrate 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 the long way 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
After the borders reopen: Rides will be scheduled in SE Australia focusing on the growing rail-trails network of Southern NSW, Victoria and SA.
4 May to 6 June 2022: Gulf to Gulf, Port Augusta to Karumba in 30 days (incl transfers from Adelaide and to Cairns).
To inquire about Outbike events please speak with Ralph on 0406440418, email firstname.lastname@example.org or message via the inquiry form below.