Wide Open Road
'We believe the best way to see the world is on a bicycle!'
Wide Open Road Cycling Tours have been operating since 2001 and are owned, operated and run by Clare Holdsworth. Clare has extensive cycling and travel experience in Europe, has detailed knowledge of the best cycling routes as well as the cultures, traditions, food and wine of the regions we pass through and goes on every holiday we run.
Clare delivers a personalised holiday experience, adapting your holiday to your needs. If you want to ride an extra Col, take in a long lunch, or take a short-cut - it's all possible!
Each year we schedule different routes so that we can coordinate one of our tours to coincide with the route of the Tour de France. We have a crew of 2 to 5 people depending on the size of the group.
Our crew are all keen cyclists who volunteer to assist on our rides, have bicycle mechanic skills and can speak French.
“We are passionate about cycling, food, wine, travel, holidays, quiet back roads, sunshine, Le Tour, mountain passes, long lunches, fantastic descents…”
Our cycling tours cater specifically for women and couples. Being a woman, Clare ensures that women are welcome on any Wide Open Road cycling holiday. We get over 30% women on each of our holidays - much more than most other companies. We also attract a range of ages. This makes for a diverse, fun and social element to our group holidays.
Our holidays involve some camping! Our customers think it’s the camping that makes our holidays! You stay where the locals stay, experience a group atmosphere under our communal marquee in the morning and afternoons. We have a hotel on around 50% of nights as we know you need a bit of your own space every now and then.
Upon receipt of payment your order will be packed and posted either the same day, or at latest the next working day.
Paypal and credit cards are processed almost immediately, while bank transfers can take 24-48 hours.
In general we find that deliveries to Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane metro and VIC regional are made within 1-3 working days. NSW, SA, TAS, ACT and NT take 2-5 working days. Regional QLD, WA and other remote areas will take 5-7 working days.
Please note these are only expected deliveries times and occasionally delays may occur.
We use Australia Post for all of our deliveries except for Bulky Items. For bulky items we use Direct Freight Couriers.
COMBINED POSTAGE FOR THE PURCHASE OF SEVERAL ITEMS
Our internal shipping charge calculator will tell you the cost of your postage prior to your checkout. In most cases buying more than 1 item will result in cost savings to you.
- Small items up to 500g cost around $7 postage. Depending on the weight and size you will get 2 sometimes 3 small items posted for this amount.
- Most larger items post for about $12 and you will generally be able to add 1-3 small items at no extra charge
- Once you purchase products over 3 kg in weight there is generally, only a small amount of extra postage charged
COMBINED SHIPPING CHARGES FOR BULKY ITEMS
You can add smaller items together with bulky items and there will generally be no or a small added postage cost. Ordering items such as 2 bike cases may not result in any savings due to their volume. Ordering mid-size items like two fluid trainers together will result in very good savings though. You will get your quote for shipping costs before you checkout.
If you have any queries please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
We now ship to New Zealand. For further details please visit our International page here.