After an action-packed March, we’ve got a few ride leaders on holiday this month so there are only 3 rides scheduled, but luckily they are all great routes. Keep your eye on our RidewithGPS events listing as rides can be added or cancelled at short notice.
Mt Rumney Rumble
One of our newer ride leaders David has come up with a route to test your legs, the Mt Rumney Rumble on Saturday 10 April.
The group will meet at the Cenotaph car park at 9.15 am ready to head over the bridge to the eastern shore, but can also arrange to meet you at Rosny Farm at 10 am if you live close by or don’t want to ride over the bridge.
The ride will utilise bike paths as well as quiet roads and will be suitable for all bike types and less experienced riders as well as the old hands.
The group will stop on the way and look at the old railway tunnel at Tunnel Hill and the remaining 1889 train tracks and will finish with a coffee on the Bellerive Board Walk.
Please RSVP in case the ride has to be cancelled because of weather.
E-bike lap of north Bruny
The E-bike Coffee Club is branching out this month to explore Bruny Island for a couple of hours on Thursday 15 April.
Ride leader Di will be taking RSVPs for anyone wanting to come - we'll be meeting at the car park below the Oyster Dove Inn at Kettering at 10 am, ready to gather and catch the 10.30 am ferry. The fare for a bike and rider is $6 which you can buy at the jetty, we'll be coming back on the 1 pm ferry and will have a coffee when we return.
The 43 km route will take riders from the ferry north to Dennes Point along the eastern side of the island than back along the more winding roads on the western side. The scenery on both sides of the island is stunning – with the Tasman Peninsula forming the backdrop on the first leg and farms and bays on the return.
Roads are generally quiet once the ferry unloads and are mostly gravel but well graded.
Tranmere Trundle on Saturday 17 April is 32.6 km but will be fairly easy going as it is mostly along the flatter Clarence Foreshore Trail.
Meet at the Cenotaph car park at 9.15 am, or over on the eastern shore at 9.45 am if you are already there or don't want to ride over the bridge.
The group will head down to Tranmere on the trail then return via quieter roads through Tranmere and Howrah before joining the trail again and heading up the new shared paths on Rosny Hill Road and the Highway.
Please RSVP to ride leader David in case the ride has to be cancelled due to weather, the group will also stop for a coffee at some point.
Upcoming rides & events
Social rides are featured in each edition of In the Loop, but if you want more notice visit our social rides calendar, which is regularly updated.
- Women on Wheels– Orielton Lagoon: Sunday 2 May
- North west riders– Dasher River: Sunday 30 May
- North west riders– Deloraine weekend: Saturday 26 June
- North west riders – Don Latrobe: Sunday 29 August
- North west riders – Railton Sheffield Paradise: Sunday 26 September
- North west riders – Gunns Plains: Sunday 31 October
Bicycle Network Tasmania accredits Social Ride Leaders and requires anyone interested in leading rides to be accredited. If you would like to be one of our Ride Leaders, please email our Rides Coordinator with your contact details and what sort of riding you are interested in and we'll let you know when the next Ride Leader Skills Development Workshop is scheduled.
Our social rides leaders are following a set of protocols to help make our rides compliant with government directions:
- Meeting places for rides will have plenty of space for people to maintain 1.5 to 2 metre distancing while unloading bikes, listening to the briefing, and getting ready to ride.
- Riders are asked to register online or via phone so there is no paper being handed around on the day.
- Ride leaders will have sanitiser on hand in case of needing to touch bikes or riders.
- People are asked not to attend rides if they have fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, shortness of breath or runny nose.
Main image: Andreas Hack