Who are the Guides? Mark Allen is the founder of The Off Road “Dirty Boys” Chapter of the Cairns to Karumba charity ride. He is also the founder of the Nationwide School “Bike Bus” program and recipient of the Cycling Australia ‘Cycling for the Next Generation Award’. David Wood is a former Australian Cross Country Mountain Biking Representative, Multi- time winner in the RRR and Croc Trophy stage races and organiser of National Mountain Bike Races.
How do the bikes get back to Cairns? We arrange for a Qantas Bike Box each to be waiting for us at the airport on Horn Island. We pack our bike and all our gear into these. Standard tickets allow 23kg + 7kg carry on. If your bike and gear weighs more than that you’ll need to pre book the excess luggage on the registration form.
What’s the Standard of Food like? We have gone to great effort to arrange for a diverse and varied menu including some from the Roadhouse Restaurants. Each night is usually a two course dinner with a number of options. Breakfast is usually cooked or an excellent continental offering. Lunch and snacks are made fresh and consist of a number of rolls or sandwiches, fruit, muffin, cake and drinks. When bush camping we provide the finest camp food available being Back Country Freeze Dried Meals, dessert and for breakfast a good selection of cereals, muesli and fruit.
What’s the Weather like in May? It is still quite hot, so plenty of swimming, not much more than a sheet to sleep in and no need for a jumper. There is still a chance of showers but heavy rain is very unlikely.
Are there Laundry facilities? Yes, at each roadhouse, but we recommend bringing a laundry bag so your gear doesn’t get mixed up with everyone else’s.
Can devices (Camera, GPS, etc) be charged? Yes at each roadhouse as well as by 12v and 240V inverter when bush camping.