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‘Bikepacking’ Is The New Trend Taking Aussie Travellers By Storm

February 24, 2017 Insurance No Comments Email Email

Leading provider of assistance services, Allianz Global Assistance (AGA), has revealed that ‘bikepacking’ is the latest trend transforming the wayAussies travel.

Over 1.5 million Australians[1] 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 extrabicycle cover.

Allianz Global Assistance General Manager Travel and Medical, John White said, “Bikepacking is a combination of ‘biking’ and ‘backpacking’. Itincorporates mountain bike riding with minimalist camping and is transforming the way we travel. From weeklong events to organised day tripsand international tours, there’s never been a more exciting time to be a bikepacker. 

“We remind twowheeling adventurists that their bikes are an expensive asset, so they’re attractive to thieves nothing could ruin a cycling holidaymore than losing your wheels. In addition to purchasing a quality lock, we recommend selecting a travel insurance policy that includes suitable bikecover.

AGA has shortlisted some of the leading destinations for bikepackers in 2017: 

Canada

Canada is a bikepacker’s paradise – especially in the Kananaskis Country. There are over 20 provincial parks and recreation areas that includemountains, rivers and trails that are open to cycling.

Norway

The Seven Sisters Mountain Range is known as ‘seven challenging beauties’ and is home to some of the most exhilarating bike trails inScandinavia. From glaciers to mud tracks and sand, the terrain of this range is crying out to be explored on two wheels. 

Germany

Germany is home to the 1000 mile ‘Bikepacking Trans Germany’ (BTG), which runs south west to north east. Cyclists travelling on this journey willexperience the beautiful backcountry that connects existing biking and hiking trails through Germany.

The US

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, soplan well in advance.

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