Leading provider of assistance services, Allianz Global Assistance (AGA), has revealed that ‘bikepacking’ is the latest trend transforming the way Aussies travel.
Over 1.5 million Australians cycle daily so it comes as no surprise that they’re finding a way to incorporate the hobby into their vacations. AGA data from 2014 – 2016 revealed a significant 77 per cent increase in the number of travellers purchasing AGA insurance packages with extra bicycle cover.
Allianz Global Assistance General Manager Travel and Medical, John White said, “Bikepacking is a combination of ‘biking’ and ‘backpacking’. It incorporates mountain bike riding with minimalist camping and is transforming the way we travel. From week–long events to organised day trips and international tours, there’s never been a more exciting time to be a bikepacker.
“We remind two–wheeling adventurists that their bikes are an expensive asset, so they’re attractive to thieves – nothing could ruin a cycling holiday more than losing your wheels. In addition to purchasing a quality lock, we recommend selecting a travel insurance policy that includes suitable bike cover.”
AGA has shortlisted some of the leading destinations for bikepackers in 2017:
Canada is a bikepacker’s paradise – especially in the Kananaskis Country. There are over 20 provincial parks and recreation areas that include mountains, rivers and trails that are open to cycling.
The Seven Sisters Mountain Range is known as ‘seven challenging beauties’ and is home to some of the most exhilarating bike trails in Scandinavia. From glaciers to mud tracks and sand, the terrain of this range is crying out to be explored on two wheels.
Germany is home to the 1000 mile ‘Bikepacking Trans Germany’ (BTG), which runs south west to north east. Cyclists travelling on this journey will experience the beautiful backcountry that connects existing biking and hiking trails through Germany.
The Colodrao Trail stretches nearly 500 miles from Denver to Durango. During a small window in the summer, the snow clears and bikepackers can travel right through the Rocky Mountains. AGA reminds cyclists travelling to the US that sections of trails are closed to mountain bikes, so plan well in advance.
 Roy Morgan Research, 2015, Ride on: the holiday habits of regular cyclists, http://www.roymorgan.com/findings/6435-holiday-habits-of-regular-cyclists-201509012258.