1983: Ralph breaks his 5000 km around-UK ride in Reddish, outside his uncle and aunt's house.

1983: Ralph breaks his 5000 km around-UK ride in Reddish, outside his uncle and aunt's house.

OUTBIKE HISTORY

With a background of around 20,000 km 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 connected to 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 - and now more often known as the '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.


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. 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.  Next rides are May-June 2022 followed by June-July 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 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 Flanders local Carl Ooghe, an ace battlefield cycling guide.


OUTBIKE 2014+

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.

The Gulf-to-Gulf ran again in 2016 and 2019, next will be 2022. 

In 2016 and 2018 Outbike ran 23-day rides of the WW1 Western Front from the North Sea to Switzerland.


WE LOVE CYCLING!

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!).


MY EUROPE BASE

How about a fresh way to experience Europe? 

Since 2010 we have been offering 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.

My Europe Base

CHARTERS

If you have a group of riders and ideas for a ride we can provide support.  

A ride could be a private charter or a collaboration where we might attract further riders. 

We run the Australia adventure tours for Djoser Netherlands and Djoser Germany from October to March seasonally. Because of this work, we have support mini-coaches (21 passenger) and trailers available. We also have an extensive store of camping and catering gear. 

Bandicoot Bus


EUROPE GROUPS

With our association with Belgium's bike-tour operator Carl Ooghe and our Zell-Mosel apartment house in the heart of Germany's Rhineland, we can discuss many ideas for group rides in Europe.

Or how about hiring a river cruiser for up to 10-12 persons to support a DIY ride through France? The cruiser is your accommodation, support-vessel and kitchen! This can be very economic - and just as attractive to non-riders!

Our independent travel agency Arcadia Travel can also assist with arrangements of flights, hotels, other tour operators, car hire etc.

ARCADIA TRAVEL

Coordinating our touring and adventure operations, we run a small independent travel agency.

https://arcadiatravel.com.au 

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