The beautiful town of Handhorf.
Cycling through the Adelaide Hills.
McLaren Vale wine tasting.
Cycle through the spectacular Adelaide Hills, take in the fresh air, and finish with a crisp chardonnay at McLaren Vale.
Tony Hanson chose to operate his cycling company, Rolling On, through the Adelaide Hills because of the scenery, small towns and lack of traffic. He collects you in Adelaide in his bus for the half-hour trip to Hahndorf. Once there, it's helmets on, hop on your bikes and away you go.
While the track is not a testing one, it is suitable for moderately fit cyclists. Knowing how to breathe correctly and to peddle steadily on a mountain bike is certainly an advantage.
The ride begins outside Sir Hans Heyson's studio, The Cedars, where the great painter created his works from 1912. The Cedars is near Hahndorf, South Australia's popular German-inspired village. It was established by Lutherans in the early 1800s, and many of the beautiful buildings remain.
In just 25 minutes, you will leave this little piece of Germany and arrive in a place with an Aboriginal name Kuitpo Forest in the Mount Lofty Ranges. It was established in the late 1800s as a timber resource for the state and covers 3600 hectares.
The forest is in two secluded sections, split by a bitumen road. The first section takes about 10 minutes to cycle through, the second around 45 minutes. Once you are into the second section, it's time for lunch a welcome break amongst the sweet-smelling pines and gums, and maybe even an eastern grey kangaroo will join you.
You may be pleased to know that there's more downhill riding than up, and the last section takes you through the orderly vineyards of the McLaren Vale where you can taste one of their famous crisp chardonnays.
One of Tony's buses will return you to your pick-up point in Adelaide.