A few challenges in weeks ahead

A few challenges are on the way in social rides over the coming weeks, one on Hobart’s eastern shore and another up in Railton thanks to the north-west riders, along with our usual easygoing rides around Hobart.

Cygnet Hill Top Ramble – Saturday 11 September

One of the more scenic rides in the south, join us for the 27.5 km loop out of Cygnet taking in a small hill climb and finishing with soothing water views.

The group will meet at 9.45 am in Cygnet and head along quiet hilly roads, some unsealed, to the coast of the Huon River and then around Port Cygnet back into town.

We’ll get back about 1 pm for coffee or lunch. Please RSVP to ride leader Jack

Sandy Bay Scenic – Thursday 16 September

The E-bike Coffee Club is heading to Sandy Bay for a picturesque 20 km ride from Brooke Street Pier to the Picnic Basket and back.

This is a great ride to learn some of the quieter street routes through Battery Point and Sandy Bay, but please RSVP so ride leader Matt has your details in the case of cancellation due to weather.

The group will meet at Brooke Street at 9.45 am and be back about 12.30 pm.

South Hobart to Battery Point Loop – Saturday 18 September

This 21.8 km ride explores the streets and tracks around South Hobart, Battery Point and Sandy Bay, with a coffee stop along the way.

It’s a suitable ride for all experience levels, and while being confident on the road will help, we’ll be in a group so can buffer the less confident riders.

Please RSVP to ride leader David in case of cancellation, the group will meet at 9.15 and return at about 12 noon.

Mighty Eastern Shore Challenge– Saturday 25 September

This 42 km circuit takes you through sealed and unsealed bike tracks, quiet local roads, a private dirt track not normally accessible and topped off with challenging bush country and magnificent views.

You will need a tough bike, be prepared for a little bit of challenging terrain and be relatively fit and able to lift your bike over gates.

Bring your own picnic lunch and refreshments to have along the way because we won't pass a coffee shop.

RSVP to Ride Leader Brian in case of cancellation. The ride will start and finish at the Geilston Bay Boat Club car park, meeting at 9.45 am and returning at about 2 pm.

Railton Sheffield Paradise: Sunday 26 September

Another challenging ride is coming up in the north-west with the 44.8 km loop out of Railton taking in Sheffield, Paradise and Beulah with 750 metres of ascent.

A shorter 26.5 km ride from Railton to Sheffield return is on offer for people wanting a gentler pace.

Both rides will meet at 9.45 am at the toilets and park on Railton Road off Foster Street and head out on the rail trail, with stops to take in the Redwater Creek waterfall and Mt Roland view, to Sheffield. The group who doesn’t want to do the full circuit can return along the rail trail or take the Bridle Track Road to Stoodley to join the rest of the group.

RSVP to ride leaders Kerry and Patrick and BYO own food and refreshments.

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.

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.

COVID-19 guidelines

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. 
  • People are asked not to attend rides if they have fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, shortness of breath or runny nose.