ABOUT US

A few words about Pat & Grace

by Wade Wallace, founder of CyclingTips.com

I’ve known Pat and Grace for 10 years now and they’ve been incredibly generous friends who have taken an active interest in my endeavours. They have gone out of their way to help and support me however they can, and I’ve seen them take this same attitude towards nearly everyone they encounter.

I’ve attended four tours hosted and run by Pat and Grace and they make up the core of a fun, friendly and helpful team. I’ve seen the work that it takes to make a tour run well without any hiccups and they make it look effortless. I’m not sure there’s a stressed bone in Pat’s body!

Immediately after meeting Pat and Grace you’ll feel like they’ve been lifelong friends. They’re natural leaders and are able to deal with hiccups and mishaps professionally and make everyone feel at ease, which shows their true character. The groundwork they do before their tours is essential to making them run smoothly, but it’s the way they deal with ambiguity and mishaps that make everything work.

Pat and Grace make a great team and each brings different skill sets. They both know how to work with people effortlessly and make everyone feel included. Pat brings the technical knowledge and experience such as skills coaching, mechanics, navigation, knowledge of the sport, and bad jokes. Grace brings the personal touches, knowledge of local areas, and creates an environment where the entire tour feels like they’re best friends by the end.

The foundation of hosting a good tour is having good guides, and it is a reflection on Pat and Grace that they’re able to attract such fantastic guides. Not only in their competence, but in their nature and working with the group environment to help everyone feel at home. They’re a great judge of character and organisational skills are hard to beat. 

Pat and Grace have a unique ability to interact with the group just enough to keep things moving along, make everyone feel welcome, and at the same time step away and let the group dynamic take its own direction. They’re natural leaders that gently push things in the right direction without being overbearing.

The laid back, inclusive environment they create with ease. Everything goes on schedule without a problem. And if it doesn’t, you wouldn’t even know. When asked “What tour would you love to do next with Pat & Grace?” my answer is, “Something in Italy!”

Ride International Tours was born out of love

How it all came to be…

It’s true, we wear our hearts on our sleeves, Ride International Tours was born out of love. Our love of hosting cycling tours to the famous European Grand Tours; Le Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España, as well as our love of being back home, in Australia, hosting Tour Down Under trips.

It’s not just about the races, but what they bring to the locals and to everyone who travels thousands of miles to be there. There is an energy and excitement that cannot be described – only felt. We draw on all of our experience and knowledge to create an awesome adventure for you.

We raise the bar. Our drive is to wow you and bring you the best possible experience in the most entertaining and professional manner. As the Frenchies would say, Première Classe.

Scroll down to see what we mean by that …

10

Years of Experience

63

Tours Completed

1,384

Trip Guests

32,926km

Cycled on Tour

238

Hotels Visited

What makes us

Première Classe

Experience, Since 2007

We’ve been on the ground running tours for over a decade and have long graduated from the School of Rookie Mistakes. We’ve accumulated thousands of kilometres in knowledge that goes into planning our itineraries and running our trips. When you’re with us, we’ve got your back. We want to see you achieve what you came here for. That’s why we build in contingencies for our contingencies so no matter what challenges the race, road or rain throws at us, we have a solution that will bring a satisfied smile to your face at the end of each day.

Trips Guaranteed To Run

We believe that our trip numbers should never be your problem. Whether our group size is 3 or 33, we run all of our trips to the same premium standard. We value your trust in us and understand how excited you must be. Once you’ve booked your spot on any of our trips, that’s it – you’re coming. So confirm your annual leave, book your flights and start packing!

More Ride Options

We understand that this is your cycling holiday and that you have your own goals and desires. We get to know you and give you a minimum of 3 ride options every day, so you can tailor your trip and manifest your dreams. Our goal is to have you achieve and experience everything you’ve set out to – and more. As corny as it sounds, there is nothing more rewarding for us than your smile at the end of each day. Oh, and hugs. We love hugs, especially after you’ve achieved something so meaningful to you.

Ride More, Transfer Less

We know you’d much rather be sitting on your bike than in a vehicle, so we design our itineraries to ride more and transfer less. There’s a great sense of satisfaction that comes with riding point to point so, whenever possible, we build this into our itineraries. Riding more and transferring less is also achieved by multiple nights stay in strategically located hotels, so there’ll be times throughout the trip where you can unpack your bags and call your room home for a few days.

Spectators Welcome

Whether you’re a fan of Pro Cycling, or your partner is a cyclist – you are welcome and encouraged to join our trips. Taking care of spectators is a specialty of ours. We give you plenty of options throughout the tour. Whether you want to experience the beauty of the ride routes by vehicle and join up with your cycling partner en route, cheer the pro-riders at race viewing points or spend time wondering the beautiful villages and cities we visit – the choice is yours. We ensure you have as much fun and adventure as the cyclists each day.

We Are "Details" Nerds

There really is no other way to put it. We. Love. Details. We consider every inch of your holiday from the pre-tour organising and planning to the on-tour running of it all. Every decision we make is about giving you the best possible experience. We want you to switch off and enjoy the ride. We know what it’s like to work hard for something, and we love to make you feel rewarded for your efforts. Let us handle the details, so all you have to focus on is having the best time and creating lasting memories.

Pro Bike Mechanic & Rider Support

Each trip has a professional bike mechanic and rider support vehicle. We carry a pro-team work stand, extensive toolbox, essential parts, hydration and nutrition aboard our dedicated support vehicle. Should anything occur en route, we’ll have you sorted and back on your bike in no time.

Bike Security

We take the security of your bike and belongings very seriously when you entrust them into our care. We go the extra mile by implementing a number of security measures and only choose hotels that supply us with secure storage options. We are proud to say that since our first tour in 2007, we have never experienced any problems with personal belongings or bike security on any of our trips.

Fabulous Accommodation

We believe accommodation is more than just a bed for the night. It’s a place to call home when you’re living out of a suitcase. We choose a variety of comfortable, characterful and quality accommodation styles to give you a complete experience. From city chic to family run chalets and everything in between.

Global & Local Experience

When you travel across the globe to be with us, we get excited. We love sharing everything we know and love about the people and places we visit. We ride the secret backroads, reveal the best hidden cafés, introduce you to incredible regional produce and have you feeling like one of the locals sooner than you can say bonjour, buongiorno and hola.

Local Lingo

Travelling to a country where the locals don’t speak your language, can be daunting. So that’s where our local lingo can help alleviate your apprehension. We’ll give you some basic tips on how to interact with the locals so you get the most out of your experience. You don’t have to be an expert, just have a go and remember to pack your sense of humour as there’ll be lots of laughing along the way.

Safety & Skills Coaching

We want you to go home to your family in better condition than when you left, so we place importance on your safety and skills. We’ll infuse you with tips, tricks and customs of riding in the countries we visit to give you the best cycling experience in the safest, most enjoyable way. As part of our service, we offer complimentary skills coaching en route for those wanting to hone any area of their biking. Expert skills coaching has been a unique area of our business for over 20-years, having fine-tuned the skills of pro-cyclists, Olympians, national and world champions.

Travel Tips

We’ve learnt a lot about travelling over the years. Once you’ve booked your trip with us, we can advise you on tips and tricks that will help make your travel experience more enjoyable, less stressful and have you well rested and ready to start your trip in optimum form.

Friendships

One thing you may not have considered when booking your future holiday is the opportunity for friendships. We pride ourselves on creating a group culture with great camaraderie that support and cheer for each other. It’s quite common for our trip participants to become lifelong friends (with us and with each other). Friendships that span the globe is one thing that really gives us a warm fuzzy feeling.

Your Goals Matter

Booking a cycling trip is a great motivator to set health, fitness, riding and travel goals. We are here to cheer you on and guide you through your preparation and link you up to other tour participants upon request. On tour, we do everything we can to see you achieve your goals and celebrate those milestones with you. Our flexible yet organised approach means that we’ve never cancelled a landmark ride in our 10+ year history. Your goals matter and we love seeing you reach them.

We Bring Out The Best

This is our philosophy – our heart and soul. At any given time, we bring out the best of that moment. We’ll show you where to stop and smell the roses, take in the most spectacular views, capture the best selfies and drink the best coffees. We are about savouring the moments and reminding you that you are in the best place at the best time.

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