There is still an opportunity to join Tasmania’s first multi-day ebike ride.
All the stops and events over the five-day ride from Hobart to Devonport have been organised and the route now gets off the main highways as much as possible.
Participants will be flagged off in Hobart on Saturday 4 November by Hobart’s Lord Mayor Sue Hickey and will finish – and steal the show – at the National 2017 Electric Vehicle Festival in Devonport on 8 November.
Ebikes are growing in popularity in Tasmania where the hilly terrain has deterred many people from riding.
While parts of the 383-km route for the ebike ride would be challenging for the fittest riders on normal bikes, with an e-bike a new world of opportunity opens up. The best example is the climb from Swansea across the Eastern Tiers on the Lake Leake Highway and the exhilarating descent to Campbell Town.
And it’s not just on highways but byways. On day one, for example, the riders will go from Sorell to Buckland via Nugent, cutting out the series of big climbs on the Tasman Highway.
The longest leg of 103km will take riders from Campbell Town to Deloraine via beautiful flat and largely empty backroads with the Great Western Tiers as a beautiful backdrop.
The last day also avoids the busy Bass Highway by using back roads before a triumphant arrival in Devonport.