2022 UCI World Championships – Wollongong
LUXURY Private Accommodation on NSW South Coast
Watch UCI World Championships LIVE in Australia
Cycling Retreat | Food Caterering | Spectacular Rides
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Premium TripAT A GLANCE
- 8 Days
- Social, Intermediate and Experienced
- 6 Dinners, ALL Breakfasts
- Privatisation of Homestead
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- Support Vehicle
- Mechanical Assistance
- Navigational Guidance
- UCI World Championships
- Waterfalls, National Parks
- Beaches and Coastlines
Sydney, NSW, Australia, September 19, 2022
Sydney, NSW, Australia, September 26, 2022
Group Size: 20 guests (4 staff)
Rides: Sealed roads through National Parks, spectacular coastlines, Southern Tablelands, UCI course, Sea Cliff Bridge
Challenge Rating: Averaging 90 to 100km per day with some challenging climbs. Short cuts available.
Accommodation: Exclusive privatisation of a country homestead and cottages, set on 14 acres of land between Kangaroo Valley and the Coast.
Non-riding partners welcome: Your non-riding partner is most welcome to join us and explore the popular small South Coast villages like Robertson, Kangaroo Valley, Berry. They can also enjoy some great hiking through Royal National Park, Cronulla, South Coast and waterfalls in the Southern Highlands.
Social Riding and Leisure: We understand that your cycling holiday is a HOLIDAY! We understand that you don’t normally ride every day at home. Our ride routes cherry-pick the best sections.
Experienced Riders: Your cycling holiday is actually only about the bike! Our epic and challenging ride options seek more vertical metres and longer miles.
Welcome dinner in Sydney. 5 catered dinners at our private residence, with a fully equipped scullery. Breakfast is available each day, with freshly baked goodies, cereals, fruit and juices. Cheese platters, charcuterie boards around open fire pits as we enjoy the sun setting on another day at our private residence. Picnics will be provided on days outlined in the itinerary.
- Professional and experienced cycling guides
- Travel in air-conditioned vehicles
- One-way transfer to Sydney Airport, or return to your vehicle in Cronulla
- All meals (as listed on itineraries)
- Mechanical assistance with your bike
- Ride nutrition (including drinking water, sport powders and bars/muffins and fruit)
- Tour ride jersey and bib-shorts
- Ride files and detailed tour itinerary
- Exclusive private residence on 14-acre homestead and cottages close to the town of Berry
- Privately catered meals while at the homestead
Why we Love this Tour
- As we emerge from two years of socialising rules, guidelines and regulations, we can look to Spring in Australia with optimism. After all Spring weather in Australia is consistently spectacular.
- Our international borders have been shut for over 2-years, and international cyclists haven’t been able to compete in Australia. They return in Spring for the 2022 UCI World Championship.
- Our 2022 UCI World Championships cycling holiday, recognises that we have not come through any ordinary times – we are hosting a luxury cycling holiday, with exclusive accommodation for our guests. We have our own private farm, including a homestead and two cottages that are immaculately renovated and appointed.
- Situated on 14-acres close to the welcoming town of Berry on NSW South Coast. The entire property is exclusively for our guests. There are well-appointed kitchens and lounge areas with fireplaces, there are also multiple indoor and outdoor dining areas, such as the aptly named “Long Table”. A multi-functional space of the large cellar with billiards table, and just minutes from the stunning Seven Mile beach.
- Your guides include Australian Road Cycling Champion Lorian Graham, to share her experience in racing the UCI Road Cycling World Championships for Australia. She will be accompanied by a Yoga instructor, a professional bike mechanic, and our professional cycling guides.
- Meals at the homestead will be provided by local wholefoods caterers, with only seasonal and local ingredients. Our private caterers are only too happy to accommodate your dietary requirements.
- Artisan bakeries, boutique shops in quiet country towns will ensure you remain fuelled on the bike. Rides are fully supported, with mechanics and a support van carrying additional supplies.
Price: AUD$6,590 (US$4,600) (twin share / double)
Triple Share: AUD$5,950 (USD$4,200)
Single Supplement: On Request only, limited spots
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If travelling alone we will match you with a person to share. Alternatively, you may choose to have a room of your own by paying a single supplement.
Note: It is a requirement of Bikestyle Tours that you have Travel Insurance for your trip.
A cycling adventure to see the 2022 UCI Road Cycling World Championships
Wollongong is hosting the 2022 UCI Road Cycling World Championships. One of their big drawcards is the stunning Sea Cliff bridge that cantilevers over the ocean and snakes along sandstone cliffs.
To reach it, ride through the Royal National Park, just south of Sydney. The Elite Men and Women Road Races traverse the bridge as they make their way to a circuit course around Wollongong. The main climbing feature of the circuit for the elite road races is the loop South West of Wollongong to Mount Keira. It will be an exciting race to watch and other races include the Junior and U23 events.
Explore the Pristine Oceans, National Parks and Wilderness
The landscape and environments of the region are spectacular, and Spring is one of the most attractive times of year to see the area.
South of Wollongong is the welcoming townships that characterise the NSW South Coast. Custodians celebrate their surroundings through their food and local products. The quaint villages and farms give homage to their unique ecosystems.
The Great Dividing Range is extraordinarily close to stunning beaches. Oceans and mountains establish an environment that supports the forests, national parks, and wilderness areas.
Join us to explore the many gorges, valleys, waterfalls, as we follow the most stunning ride routes in the area.
Unwind at our own Luxury Retreat and Private Residence
We’re excited to bring to our guests a new form of Cycling Holidays, a luxury retreat. The pandemic has raised peoples vigilance in crowds and through public spaces. Relax, we have sought accommodation that is unique, private, and luxurious.
Our 2022 cycling holiday to the UCI World Championships is a retreat, it includes:
- luxury private accommodation
- daily yoga classes
- private catering
- daily laundry service
- daily bike wash and service
- all of the regular perks and assurances of travelling with Bikestyle Tours.
This is a cycling trip like no other.
This trip is much more than only about the bike. Not only does it include seeing the 2022 UCI World Championships, but it is also ideal for cycling couples, whether you both ride or just one of you does.
Our itinerary has spectacular riding. We will pause at the local villages to acquire some locally made products, explore the craft boutiques, and enjoy a pastry from an artisan bakery. Townships are dotted through spectacular scenery and follow famous Australian Tourist drives.
Exclusive oasis to relax, socialise and savour local produce
Each day return to your exclusive 14-acre oasis and unwind in your luxury residence. The best way to recover from your morning riding and exploring is to return to your private accommodation and relax. You can socialise around an outdoor fireplace, and enjoy the fresh local produce with a glass of wine.
Each day return to your exclusive 14-acre oasis and unwind in your Migrating whales will also be in full swing as the Humpback Highway transports whales with their new calves to the cooler waters of the Southern Ocean. The ideal time to see Humpback Whales on the NSW South Coast is from mid-September to November. We’ll set off on a whale-spotting expedition with some coastal rides and locate some vantage spots. There are also some local wineries that we will taste while we are in the area, and it would be obligatory to accompany your wine with some delicious local cheeses, from an area that has a long history of dairy farming.
This is more than a cycling holiday, it is a retreat.
2022 UCI World Championships Cycling Retreat – Daily Itinerary
Welcome to 2022 UCI Road World Championships
Arrive today in Sydney and make your own way to our beachfront accommodation in Cronulla. If you arrive by plane, Cronulla is a short taxi trip from the airport. If you’re driving to Cronulla, you can securely park your car and we will return you to your vehicle at the end of our trip. We will have the first two nights in Cronulla, exploring the Royal Sydney National Park and enjoying a welcome dinner together, before we head south to our South Coast accommodation.
Our accommodation for the first two nights gives great access to enjoy a swim in one of Australia’s most popular surf destinations. Locals swim all year round and when the ocean is too wild, the Beach Rock Pool provides a protected area to swim.
Tonight we will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, including wine.
Royal National Park – Secluded Beaches
We have a scenic day exploring the Royal National Park, just south of Sydney today. We don’t have time pressures on us, so we will take time to explore the preserved bushland and poke our way into the hidden waterfalls, lookouts, and coves. We are so blessed in Australia to have an extensive and well-preserved habitat so close to our biggest city. Not only is this a wonderful natural asset, but it is also a great place to ride your bike or hike. Of course, we can cover much more ground on our bikes.
We will pause at a couple of the beaches, so we can cool off the legs. We will visit Garie Beach, where a small Surf Life Saving Club has been keeping visitors safe since 1938. The easily identifiable red and yellow colours of Australia’s volunteer lifeguards patrol the many, many beaches. Those in the Royal National Park are popular surf beaches, and being rugged can have variable conditions. Lifeguards here go the extra mile due to their isolation.
Also on our itinerary through the Royal National Park is Wattamolla Beach. The beautiful lagoon, scenic waterfall, picnic area and secluded beach will make the perfect location for us to enjoy a picnic lunch and a swim – you may finish your ride here and catch a lift home. We will shortcut home, and sneak through the small village of Bundeena where we will take the ferry. The Curranulla Ferry is the oldest running ferry to a timetable in Australia. It has been in operation since 1939.
Tonight, you are welcome to find a local restaurant in Cronulla, a twilight walk along the coastal walk is a lovely way to work up an appetite or walk off an oversized portion.
Sea Cliff Bridge – South Coast Road
Today is the Team Time Trial – Mixed Relay event. The Olympic Games has introduced a number of mixed events recently and allows us to appreciate the efforts that sport is making to close the equality gap. Bikestyle Tours is hosting a trip to the return of the Female Tour de France in 2022. We are committed to opportunities of following the professional women’s races, and in recent times these races have provided the most drama. There is no argument to state that women from the Netherlands dominate the sport at the moment. However, on home soil, the Australians will be in for a fight.
The exciting city circuit for the mixed relay will be exciting to watch, and being a Team Time Trial there will be drama. The format of the race is that the female riders launch off the starter’s ramp once the third male in their men’s team crosses the finish line. The fastest combined time wins. Keeping the slipstream on a tight city circuit will reward those that have trained on the circuit.
We will ride from our hotel this morning, and those wanting something a little shorter can start from Helensburgh. Our scenic part of today’s ride is over the Sea Cliff Bridge, a cantilever bridge that snakes around the sandstone cliffs. After playing tourist, we will continue to follow the World Championships Road Course to Wollongong for lunch, and the afternoon watching the Mixed Relay.
We will then travel to our private residence further south, where nature and modern conveniences will welcome us. When we arrive, pass your bike over to our professional mechanic, who will have it washed and serviced for you – ready for some great local riding from our base. Your cycling clothes can be dropped into our laundry area, and our staff will have them washed for you ready to go again. Having sorted out the cleaning tasks, take a shower and relax for the afternoon.
Tonight we will enjoy a lovingly prepared meal from our local caterer – who prefers to grow her own ingredients and source as much local produce as possible. It will be a seasonal meal of course. We will also have a grazing platter and some beverages to accompany our food throughout the afternoon and evening.
Spot the Whales – South Coast Explorer
It is a training day for the professionals in Wollongong. It will be a chance for them to get a feel for each section of the course and prepare their race plans. Although an individual wins a race, it is very much a team sport – so the national teams will also be planning their strategies for taking a rainbow jersey home for their country. We’ll use today as an opportunity to explore the coast in the morning and hopefully spot a migrating whale in the Pacific Ocean.
We will pause for lunch and return to our accommodation for the afternoon where we will sample some wine from a local winery. You may also like to take the opportunity of going for a dip in the ocean at Seven Mile Beach – perhaps you may just like to walk along the beach. We’ll have different activities available to you this afternoon at our accommodation, and again you can drop your cycling gear off at our laundry and have your bike washed ready for some climbing tomorrow.
Tonight we will prepare dinner at our accommodation, with some beautiful salads and locally made sourdough. Another relaxing evening socialising, solving the problems of the world, or just meeting people with whom you share an interest.
Ride the 2022 UCI World Championships Course
Today’s races at the 2022 UCI World Championships are the Road Races for Juniors and U23 male categories. Record the names of the riders you see today, as they follow in the footsteps of those before them. Previous Junior road race winners include Roman Kreuziger, Matthieu van de Poel, Remco Evenepoel, and Matej Mohoric. Caleb Ewan came second in 2012 as a Junior and followed it up with another silver in the U23 division 2 years later. Do these names sound familiar?
For the U23 road race, a strong result can lead to a neo-pro contract for the 2023 season. The last time the U23 UCI World Championship Road Race was in Australia (Geelong, 2010), it was won by an Australian by the name of Michael Matthews. Will an Aussie win on home soil again?
Today’s road races stay on the main circuit close to the CBD, so we can have a look around at different aspects of the course. The elite categories, however, also ride around the Mount Keira loop, which elevates to nearly 500m above sea level. The 6.5km climb averages over 6% with some steep pinches above 10%. Our ride today will give you the opportunity to ride the 34km Mount Keira loop, a day before the women battle.
Tonight we will return to our accommodation and fuel up on another catered feast from our local producers.
Women’s World Championships Road Race and Southern Highlands
Today is the Women’s Road Race, both for the Junior and the Elite. We’ll take one of the most scenic routes to reach Wollongong today. It will involve some climbing, but it is a ‘brown-sign’ tourist drive. We head west through Berry and onto Kangaroo Valley. Throughout today we will stop in at welcoming country towns, with boutique shops, famous bakeries, and provide any food that satisfies the soul. Between each town is spectacular scenery, with rainforests, waterfalls, eucalypt forests and impressive cliffs.
We will cross the Hampden Bridge near Kangaroo Valley. It is a single-span suspension bridge built in the 19th century and is in the New South Wales State Heritage Registry. As we climb Moss Vale Road, the air will get cooler, but also crisper. We reach the Southern Highlands, and deep gorges are prolific through the area. Scattered throughout are high waterfalls that feed the ravines that shape the landscape. We’ll stop off at some of the significant viewing platforms to see the waterfalls.
It is then down into the Wollongong for the Women’s Road Races. Being a circuit race, you will see the bunch get progressively smaller and a perfectly timed attack may result in a breakaway victory. But, as history shows victory solo victories are difficult and a chase group can spoil the party for the most combative rider.
Men’s UCI World Championships Road Race
Today is the Men’s Road Race, victory today is one of the most coveted awards for any cyclist. The winner has the honour of wearing the rainbow jersey for road races until the next championships, and they may adorn special rainbow bands on the sleeves of their team jersey for the remainder of their career. We will head to Wollongong later this morning after breakfast and a short ride around Berry.
The World Championships circuit race is always animated, and if 2021 was anything to go by – attacks can start as far as 200km from the finish. It is a race of attrition and the challenging Mount Keira and Mount Pleasant loops will tighten the screw on riders each lap that they draw closer to the finish. We will witness the medal presentations as the rainbow jersey is awarded to the 2022 UCI World Road Race champion and head back to our accommodation for a final dinner together.
Farewell from 2022 UCI World Championships
After breakfast this morning, we will transfer guests to Sydney.
If you are flying out today or staying on in Sydney, we will make a single transfer to Sydney Airport. We will arrive around lunchtime, so book your departure flight after 2 pm to be sure.
For those who have left their vehicle in Cronulla, we will drop you off to collect your vehicle.
Although we say farewell today, it is customary that we welcome our guests and those who travel again with us are eligible for a loyalty discount on your future trips with Bikestyle Tours. Now that you have seen the professionals race in Down Under, join us in Europe for a Grand Tour experience in 2023, or maybe for the return of the Santos Tour Down Under in January.
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- All guests must be fully vaccinated to join the tour
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