Mountain Bike Adventures with AANT Touring

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Mountain Bike Adventures with AANT Touring 

2 day Mountain Bike Tour from Melbourne 

Enjoy a weekend of fun, fitness, and fresh country air with a two-wheeled exploration of the central goldfields in Victoria.  

No matter what your skill or fitness level, the trail network in the 4 locations we visit will have you smiling from ear to ear. 

 

The first day sees us traveling out of Melbourne to Woodend where the handmade trails in the Wombat State Forest will have you weaving through trees on an undulating trail with plenty of fun and challenging features. This popular, well-established trail network is 

17km long and takes us around 2 hours to complete. 

 

We then lunch at Holgate’s Brewery. This for some is the highlight of the day! This 

The brewery has an incredible beer range all brewed on-site and the food is the perfect fuel for the afternoon ride. Take it easy tasting any of the beers though as the best riding is to come! 

 

A 35-minute journey up the Calder highway brings us to the township of Harcourt just outside of the gold mining township of Bendigo. Millions of dollars have been poured into a 34km network of Green, Blue, and Black trails although most trails are for moderate or advanced riders. Built by ‘Dirt Art’ these groomed trails test all of your skills and fitness while delivering big berms, big smiles, and stunning views. We again spend a couple of hours here or for less experienced groups of riders, we can use an easier hand-built trails network closer to Bendigo. 

 

After a memorable first day of riding, it is time to relax. We make our way into the heart of Bendigo where your accommodation is located. From this point on you can make your own adventure until the next morning. Bendigo is a vibrant city with plenty of good eateries, pubs, and night spots. If you don’t feel like doing much your surroundings are certainly plush enough to restore your legs for the next day. 

 

The second day starts with a yummy breakfast at a local café. However, we do know the most important consumable for any rider is coffee and there is plenty of black gold flowing freely. 

 

The riding for this day starts around Bendigo again. There have been thousands of hours put in by club members to create Andy’s trail network at Spring Hill.  The riding here is challenging but without being too hard. There are no big climbs but there are some very rocky sections to keep you alert.  

Once again, 2 hours of riding will hit a decent amount of this maze of trails. 

We make our way to the next great lunch place. Set within the Mill precinct with a great range of food and craft artisans is Das Kaffehaus. Seeing as though we are mountain biking – we should eat traditional mountain food! The menu is fantastic and the coffee even better. 

 

The second riding spot for the day is just outside Castlemaine. The Bacon trails as they are 

known are hand-built club trails and an incredible gift from the early pioneers of the sport. 

Flowing downhill gully runs, switchback climbs, gnarly rocks and fun drops make this a great ending to the two days of two-wheeled fun. 

 

Safe in the bush, away from cars, with only the wildlife to surprise you. You concentrate on 

the trail, your breathing, dodging the trees, holes, and logs, beating your mate to the top of 

the hill and taking in the view. 

 

Sometimes you forget that you are exercising. The adventure has taken over! 

Inclusions… 

  • 8 hours of guided mountain biking
  • 4 mountain bike trail locations
  • Lunch at Holgate’s Brewery (beer at own risk)
  • 3.5-star accommodation in Bendigo 
  • Lunch atCafehaus, Castlemaine
  • Bike hire (Giant hardtail with front suspension)
  • Australian standards approved helmet
  • Pick up and drop off at Federation Square

We will carry the required gear for simple bike repairs and general maintenance including 

spare tubes should you need them. The bikes we use are well maintained Giant hardtail 

bikes with front suspension from Woodend Cycles. 

 

You will be required to sign a waiver to participate. Mountain biking is an adventurous sport and we expect you will ride within your limits. We cannot accept responsibility for the decisions you make on the bike.  

We advise that you take out travel insurance and/or have ambulance cover in case something goes wrong. You can never be too careful. 

 

Cost $750 per person 

What ANTT will supply….. 

  • Vehicle
  • Bike racks
  • Tubs
  • Helmets
  • Water
  • Snakes/lollies
  • First aid kit
  • Tools

See the attached PDF for a full brochure – MTB Brochure