June News – End of Season and Winters Here

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Winters here, time to plan for the next year

TriBikeTransfers' May Newsletter

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Hassle Free Bicycle Transport

Winter is here and the season is over for those of us not heading overseas.
Good luck to those who are, enjoy.


The Wrap
Although the tri season is over here in Oz it is time to plan next years fun.  Sunny Coast and Noosa are both filling fast so make sure you get your booking in.

For all those doing the
 2015 ITU World Duathlon Championships in Adelaide, remember Tri Australia members receive up to 20% off standard pricing depending on your pickup city.  With more than 600 athletes from Australia alone, taking bikes on planes is going to be even harder than normal.

Interesting Stuff
Finally got time to do the cost comparison that many have been asking for.  See below:
 

  Airline Transport TriBikeTransfer
Disassembly/Reassembly $160 to $240 $0
Bike case $80 rental or
$300 to $700 for purchase
$0
Airline Fee (return) $60 to $120 $0
Upgrade Car Rental $20/day $0
Stress Heaps None
Total $320 + $200
 
Note fees vary depending on the location and airline.
  • Disassembly/Reassembly of bike – either have the time and know how yourself, or pay a mechanic to do it for you (approximately $40-60 each of four times)
  • Purchase ($300-$700) or rental ($80) of the bike case, plus the hassle of lugging it through the airport along with all the other gear. With your own bike case you will still need to consider the cost of the wear and tear and having to buy a new one at some stage. Yes you can get a used cardboard box from the bike shop but while it might work you can’t be serious.
  • Standard airline extra baggage and weight fees can vary greatly in Australia depending on your choice of airline. The cheapest is approximately $30 each way but can easily exceed $60 or $100.Plus the stress of wondering if your bike will arrive with you as airlines only have limited space for non-standard luggage.
  • Upgrade the rental to take the bike, get a rental by yourself as you can’t share with friends anymore or have the hassle of waiting for the bigger taxis.
  • Make time to re-assemble before the race.
  • All the stress and expense, when you really need to focus on the race which you have trained hard for more than 3 months.
  • Repeat the disassembly/reassembly process again after the race when you actually deserve to relax and enjoy the achievement.
  • The tribiketransfer cost used for comparison is for member of partner clubs to do Sunny Coast, Noosa and Melbourne from Sydney, etc.

 

Upcoming Events
The next events on the TriBikeTransfer Calendar are Sunshine Coast 70.3 in Sep, Adelaide ITU Worlds in Oct and Noosa in Nov.  Check out the events page at www.tribiketransfer.com.au for more information.

Sunny Coast 70.3, 13Sep15
A magic setting with a fantastically fast bike course.  A great event if you can put up with training through winter.
Adelaide ITU Duathlon Worlds, 18Oct15
The city of churches, ....... & bicycles.  Sure to be an amazing event with Australia hosting the world.
Noosa Multisport, 01Nov15
The biggest Triathlon event in Australia.  A fantastic location and not to be missed.

Congratulations to those TriBikers who were at Cairns Ironman & 70.3.  Nice to get up north from Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane. While the weather was similar to last year, unbelievably rain and a head wind again, it was a great race as always.

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