As the state opens its borders this week and the inevitable entry of COVID-19 to our shores, a reminder to keep you eye on our ride listings https://ridewithgps.com/organizations/2014-bicycle-network-tasmania/events in case of cancellations or other changes to rides that may come into force.
We ask anyone who is experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, shortness of breath or runny nose not to attend our social rides.
Mounty Nelson High – Saturday 18 December
Join the crew for the slightly challenging 23.5 km up the Mount Nelson Road bends to the signal station for coffee on Saturday 18 December.
Meet at 9 am at the Cenotaph car park to head through Battery Point up to the signal station for coffee before returning along fire trails down to Sandy Bay Road and back through Battery Point to the Cenotaph. You’ll need wide enough tyres to handle the gravel fire trails.
RSVP to ride leader David A. via https://ridewithgps.com/events/161328-mounty-nelson-high
Crabtree Crawl – Monday 27 December
Join ride leader Jack for a tasty 24.6 km ride around Lucaston and Ranelagh on Monday 27 December, sampling Summer Kitchen treats along the way and ending with cider tasting and lunch for those who want to stay on.
Meet at 9.45 am at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed for the route along quiet country roads and some path, although there is a short section riding in the shoulder along the Huon Highway.
RSVP in case of cancellation: https://ridewithgps.com/events/162812-crabtree-crawl
North West Riders Berry Patch ride & lunch – Sunday 2 January
Our north west riders are easing into the new year with a ride and late lunch at the Berry patch in Turners Beach on Sunday 2 January.
Three ride options are on offer leaving from the Berry Patch: At 11.30 am a flattish ride heading to Penguin and back (36 km) or a steep loop taking in Braddons Lookout and Forth (24 km). The 12.30 pm group can head to West Ulverstone and back along mostly paths (17 km).
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and if you want to go to lunch please RSVP before 18 December.
Women on Wheels: Orielton Lagoon – Sunday 2 January
This is an easy 12 km loop around Orielton Lagoon on paths and quiet roads, great for female riders wanting to build confidence.
Meet leader Maryanne at 10.15 am at St Georges Anglican Church, opposite 8 Somerville Street in Sorell to head out along the Waterway Trail followed by coffee back in town.
RSVP in case of cancellation: https://ridewithgps.com/events/164808-women-on-wheels-orielton-lagoon
E-bike Coffee Cruise to the Picnic Basket – Thursday 6 January
The e-bikers are taking a cruisy 20 km ride from Cornelian Bay down to the Picnic Basket for coffee on Thursday 6 January.
Join ride leader Di at 9.45 am at the upper Cornelian Bay car park to head down the cycleway, through Battery Point and along Sandy Bay Road and back.
Taroona Picnic Ride – Saturday 15 January
The Picnic Basket is the destination for another January ride on Saturday 15 with ride leader David.
Meet at 9.15 am at the Cenotaph car park for the 20 km ride around the waterfront, through Battery Point and down Sandy Bay Road and return. Although if people are up for it the group will head up Bonnet Hill before hitting the café.
RSVP in case of cancellation: https://ridewithgps.com/events/163208-taroona-picnic-ride
E-bike Coffee Cruise Westside Discovery – Thursday 20 January
Join Di for this exploration of paths and quiet roads through the west of Hobart on Thursday 20 January, using the newly revamped Knocklofty paths.
Meet at 9.45 am out the front of 210 Collins Street before heading off on a 16 km loop up into the hills on bush paths and back via quieter roads through Lenah Valley and West Hobart.
Coffee stop at Whisk in Lenah Valley along the way, RSVP in case of cancellation: https://ridewithgps.com/events/165137-e-bike-coffee-club-west-side-discovery
Sandfly Colliery Tramway Track – Saturday 22 January
Get ready for some rough conditions mixed with a bit of history on this 27 km ride along an old tramway track on Saturday 22 January.
Meet ride leader Brian at 9.45 am at Pelverata Hall before heading out along the road until the turnoff at Kaoota for the track, which can be a bit bumpy, muddy and overgrown (long pants may be a good idea because of snakes). Best suited to mountain bikes or very sturdy, wide tyred bikes.
There will be a stop for coffee in Margate after the ride, RSVP to https://ridewithgps.com/events/162568-sandfly-colliery-tramway-track-from-pelv
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.
- Tunnels and Bridges – Saturday 19 February
- Pelverata Halls Track Road– Saturday 26 February
- Maria Island Jaunt– Saturday 19 March
- Kingston Creeks and Hills– Saturday 26 March
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.
People are asked not to attend rides if they have fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, shortness of breath or runny nose.