Gravel Bali, Indonesia

Gravel BALI

Forget about surf and beach-clubs, and discover "THE REAL BALI" on a gravel bike with Thomson.

From beaches to jungles, mountains, and active volcanoes, we take you away from the crowded tourist areas to the seemingly untouched Bali, and through villages where time appears to have stood still.

Overview

Details

Next Departure

April 27th 2024

From

USD $5,295

Duration

7 days / 6 nights

Non-Rider Friendly

Yes

Rental Bike

USD $550

Ride Program

Total Distance

Total Elevation

Daily Av. Distance

Daily Av. Elevation

Overview

We designed this trip to Bali with the local knowledge provided by our friend Pete Collis and a local team in Bali, who have been organizing bike trips in the island for years. The best way to discover the local secrets and routes, married with the classic Thomson logistics and attention to detail.

We spend the first few days of the tour in the Tabanan regency,  known as Bali’s rice bowl, you don’t need to look far to find picturesque rice fields, you’ll be surrounded by them! Gunung Batukaru covered by Jungle, sometimes spelled Batukau, is Bali’s second-highest mountain at 2,276m, will dominate our skyline on days 1-3. Batukaru has a large crater, the largest on Bali, but this crater is open at the southern end. It is this that gives it the name “Batukaru”, which means “coconut shell”. As the tour moves Eastwards we will pass through Jatiluwih, a famous picture postcard UNESCO-listed area, we will then be in the shadow of Gunung Adeng (1,826 meters) as we stop overnight at the wonderful HOMM Saranam Baturiti, a spa hotel that will have all the treatments you need to get your legs ready for next rides ahead.  On our last two rides, we pass through Ubud, known as the arts and culture centre of Bali, and then start ascending the slopes of the active Volcano Gunung Batur.  Our final ride brings us to the Segara Village Hotel in Sanur, a laid-back destination, it is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the beach before departing for home.

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BALI "BEYOND TARMAC" VIDEO!

Trip Technical Difficulty

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Mixed terrain gravel, from perfect double tracks to flowy singletrack. Possibly a few more technical sections, overall what most people would recognise as “classic gravel”.

Ride Surfaces

Grade 1
20%
Grade 2
30%
Grade 3
30%
Grade 4
10%
Grade 5
10%

Bike Setup Recommendations

Recommended Tires

700×38

A minimum 700×38, but feel free to use more rubber for more comfort and grip if your bike has extra tire clearance.

Recommended Gearing

38T × 11-42

We recommend a minimum gear ratio of 0.85-0.90 using a 38T chainring × 42 rear cog (or equivalent if you are using double chainring). Check your gear ratios at www.bikecalc.com/gear_ratios.


Gravel Explained

Read below for a brief description of our gravel definitions. We have classed the surfaces into five categories, from tarmac to boulders, to give an indication of the amount and level of rough stuff on each trip.

Click below to see Cycling Tips’ great explainer video on gravel surfaces.
GRADE 1
Bad roads, cobbles and rough paved surfaces. You’d find this rideable on a standard road bike.
GRADE 2
Well-made, hard-packed dirt roads offering a road-like experience but without the traffic. Some rutting and looseness of stones.
GRADE 3
Reasonably smooth gravel. Discernible small rocks over a hard-packed surface.
GRADE 4
Rough gravel with conditions that may include shale, larger gravel and rocks. Tubeless tyres and big clearance are the most practical choice.
GRADE 5
Borderline MTB terrain, at the rougher end of the spectrum for the capabilities of most gravel bikes.

Cycling helmet, sunglasses and shoes illustration

Itinerary

Day Description Distance Elevation Hotel
01 Tabanan Beach Loop Waka Gangga
02 Onto Batukaru Bali Palms Jungle
03 Selemadeg Loop Bali Palms Jungle
04 On the Hills of Jatiluwih Homm Saranam
05 Beyond Bongkasa Nandini Jungle Resort & Spa
06 Batur’s Edge Segara Village, Sanur
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Itinerary Detail

Day 1

Distance

Elevation


Tabanan Beach Loop

After lunch and getting your bike set up, we roll out from our beachfront hotel to do a 30km ride amongst the rolling paddy rice fields.  

The first few kilometers are on rough sealed roads as we head Northwards away from the beach, we then head Westwards passing through the village of Kelating, we then cross the river Yeh Ho. Multiple Paddy field segments are completed before we take a break at the halfway point. Here we can take in the amazing views of the Indian Ocean, paddy fields, mountains and the most Southy tip of Bali. From here we head slightly Northwards and then loop back through the paddy fields to our beachfront hotel the Waka Gangga.

Day 2

Distance

Elevation


Onto Batukaru

Today we leave the beach and head upwards to ride on the lower slopes of Gunung Batukaru, Bali’s second-highest mountain at 2,276 m. 

The first part of the ride heads Westwards to sample more of the gently rolling paddy fields, after a Westward loop we start to head Northwards and cross the main Denpasar-Gillimanuk Road, from here the terrain gets more challenging as we head to our picnic lunch stop at the Telaga Tunjung Dam. You will now have sampled a few of the “kicker” climbs, a feature of Bali’s terrain when traversing across the Island. After lunch, we head Northwards sampling some cobbled trails between the paddy fields before we traverse Westwards and then finally climb to the Bali Palms hotel our home for the next two nights.

Day 3

Distance

Elevation


Selemadeg Loop

Don’t be fooled by the 50km distance with plenty of climbing and kickers in the mix, you will feel like you’ve ridden a lot more than the listed distance, and you will be rewarded with spectacular scenery as there is an Instagram shot around every corner on this route. 

Today we ride mostly concrete tracks, gravel, and broken sealed roads. Leaving our hotel, we descend through jungle patches before traversing across some spectacular terraced paddy fields, we then head upwards and Northwards for a steady 8 kms of climbing. At the highest point of the route, we start traversing the canyon on a nice concrete “roller coaster” section before we turn South and descend to our lunch stop south of Rejasa village, whilst enjoying lunch we can enjoy amazing views of the Indian Ocean and the Southeast coast of Bali.

More descending follows lunch before turning Westwards into the cooler shaded areas of jungle, we then head to the Tibu Sampi waterfall trail, a stunning trail where nature really makes its present felt.

After being refreshed at the waterfall we head back to the Bali Palms Hotel for that much-deserved traditional Balinese massage.

Day 4

Distance

Elevation


On the Hills of Jatiluwih

We start the ride by heading Northwards and upwards with a gentle climb towards Mount Batukaru we then traverse across the Mountain before heading Southeast towards Jatiluwih, a UNESCO-listed area. After climbing to the top of the Jatiluwih paddy fields we descend through the famous picture postcard area to our picnic lunch stop at the foot of Luhur Besikalung Temple.

After lunch we head down and Eastwards, winding through undisturbed villages, before turning Northwards and starting the 20km of steady climbing to our hotel. 

You can then enjoy spa treatments with fantastic unobscured views of Gunung Adeng’s peak (1,826 meters).

Day 5

Distance

Elevation


Beyond Bongkasa

Day 5 allows for a very well-deserved big breakfast, as we mainly descend for 27km for the first part of the ride, and after crossing a couple of Canyons we head into the Bandung region. 

Some lovely, cobbled trails then lead us into the beautiful Bongkasa village. From here we then head to Ubud, known as the arts and culture centre, and this is where we take our lunch.

After lunch it’s onwards and upwards, as we’re now steadily climbing for 12km, with a final challenge of a “Grand kicker” in the last 2km, a warm Balinese welcome will be awaiting you at the Nandini jungle resort Hotel.

Day 6

Distance

Elevation


Batur’s Edge

The final challenge of the week is a ride up the side caldera of the active Volcano Gunung Batur! With over 30kms of climbing to an altitude of 1460 metres, the legs will be feeling it when we crest the top.

We leave the beautiful Nandini hotel, and our legs will be woken up with a few “kickers” before we settle in for the long climb to Kintamani village, you need to save some energy for the final part of the climb as the gradients ramp up on the calderas edge.

For our efforts we are rewarded with breath-taking views of Gunung Batur as we take our lunch at the Paperhills restaurant which is perched right on the edge of the caldera.

Following lunch, our ride is nearly all downhill, as we descend past Ubud to our final stop at Pura Dalem Agung Kemenuh.

From here will be a short transfer to our final hotel, The Segara Village, located in Sanur, we can enjoy the relaxed vibe of Bali’s oldest resort village before getting ready for the journey home.

Day 7

Distance

Elevation


Unfortunately, your trip across the real Bali has come to an end.

Our shuttle will drop you off at Dempassar Airport.

Map & Profile

Read our Gravel Explainer for a full description of our gravel definitions.

Grade 1
45%
Grade 2
25%
Grade 3
30%
Grade 4
0%
Grade 5
0%

Read our Gravel Explainer for a full description of our gravel definitions.

Grade 1
35%
Grade 2
25%
Grade 3
25%
Grade 4
10%
Grade 5
5%

Read our Gravel Explainer for a full description of our gravel definitions.

Grade 1
35%
Grade 2
20%
Grade 3
25%
Grade 4
15%
Grade 5
5%

Read our Gravel Explainer for a full description of our gravel definitions.

Grade 1
40%
Grade 2
30%
Grade 3
20%
Grade 4
5%
Grade 5
5%

Read our Gravel Explainer for a full description of our gravel definitions.

Grade 1
50%
Grade 2
20%
Grade 3
20%
Grade 4
5%
Grade 5
5%

Read our Gravel Explainer for a full description of our gravel definitions.

Grade 1
40%
Grade 2
35%
Grade 3
20%
Grade 4
5%
Grade 5
0%

Read our Gravel Explainer for a full description of our gravel definitions.

Grade 1
0%
Grade 2
0%
Grade 3
0%
Grade 4
0%
Grade 5
0%

Surface Details


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Dates & Prices



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2024
Apr 27 - May 3
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USD $1,000
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    Trip Hotels

    Waka Gangga

    Bali Palms Jungle

    Homm Saranam

    Nandini Jungle Resort & Spa

    Segara Village, Sanur


    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 7 days / 6 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • Lunch on the 1st day
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up and Drop-Off at Dempassar Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • 1 x Support Van & 4WD vehicle
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Pro Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties
    • Bottled water
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities
    What's Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 7 days / 6 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • Lunch on the 1st day
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up and Drop-Off at Dempassar Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • 1 x Support Van & 4WD vehicle
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Pro Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties
    • Bottled water
    What's Not Included
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities

    Travel details - airport departures

    Pick-up/Drop-off Info

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Time

    Dempassar Airport

    8:00am

    OR

    Segara Village Sanur

    9:00am

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Time

    Dempassar Airport

    9:00 am


    Rental Bikes

    Rhinovelo Gravel (RVG)

    Frame

    Venus C8 Carbon

    Groupset

    Shimano GRX 810

    Weight

    8.6kg (size 54)

    Wheels

    HED Ardennes +

    Chainrings

    48-31

    Cassette

    11-36

    Sizes

    44(XS), 47(S), 50(M), 52(L), 56(XL)

    USD $550

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