Epic (and shorter) rides of Australia's Outback, Rail Trails and a little bit of Europe / Facebook @outbikeaustralia
1983: Ralph breaks his 5000 km around-UK ride in Reddish, outside his uncle and aunt's house.
Coordinating our touring and adventure operations, we run a small independent travel agency in our home town of Noosa at Shop 5 Arcadia Walk Noosa Junction . Say Hello if you're visiting the Sunshine Coast!
Zell-Mosel is in the heart of Germany's Rhineland and near Hahn Airport.
It is the perfect match for our concept and in 2009 we were very pleased to purchase one of Zell's prettiest riverside apartment houses and retain the services of the previous owner, a great lady named Elsbeth.
Our Zell apartments are available for short stays, long stays and we can also help organise programmes and guiding for small groups.
With the passage of time, the Outbike name became available again - and so did our availability along with the useful resources of mini-coaches, trailers and camping gear.
So we rebooted Outbike to offer again the Gulf 2 Gulf and fresh ride ideas in Queensland, the Outback and Europe.
Accumulating a few years in the saddle, mainly back in the 1980s, Ralph wheeled around Tasmania and much of Australia, also riding in New Zealand, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Slovenia and Greece.
Olga is an accountant and enjoys riding on Noosa bike paths, rail trails and of course along the Mosel River!
But we didn't meet each other on bikes - we met at Adelaide's Chess Club (where the best moves I eventually ever made were not on the chessboard!).
How about a fresh way to experience Europe? We offer our delightful and affordable holiday apartments in a central, scenic and cycle-friendly location, handy to bike trails, famous rivers, rail and Hahn Airport's low-cost flights hub.
Guests staying a week or more are welcome to use our bikes.
With a background of around 20,000 kms of cycle-touring ('bikepacking') in the 1980s and as a tour operator since 1990, Ralph launched Outbike in 2004 with the idea of supported rides in Australia's Outback.
The first events were 14 day 4wd-supported rides along remote Outback trails from Alice Springs to Coober Pedy via Santa Theresa Community, Simpson Desert, Old Andado, Mt.Dare, Dalhousie Springs, Oodnadatta and the Painted Desert.
Then, Outbike was part of the popular tour company, Wayward Bus.
In 2005 Outbike added the epic trans-continental Bike 'n Wheels Expedition, taking 30 days to ride 2200km from Port Augusta to Karumba 'Gulf to Gulf'.
In 2006 and 2007 these rides were repeated. Outbike changed ownership in 2007 soon after the merger of Wayward Bus and Adventure Tours Australia. More rides ran in the following years but with further changes of ownership the Outbike brand fizzled out.