Water features strongly in this fortnight’s social rides with a ride by the river in Ranelagh and one in Hobart and a recumbent ride to Blackwood Creek. To attend any of our free social rides, just click on the RSVP link and respond online or email/call the ride leader.
Moonah Mountain Moaner– Saturday 23 April
Okay, so there aren’t really mountains in Moonah but there are certainly some sudden steep slopes that will have knee-bike riders moaning as they toil up the hills, and the e-bike riders moaning as they wait at the top for them.
Meet ride leader David A. on Saturday 23 April at 9.15 am in the car park on McVilly Drive for the 22 km route along the cycleway then via rising roads and grassy and gravel shortcuts.
Suite to stronger riders or e-bikes, please RSVP to https://ridewithgps.com/events/170435-moonah-mountain-moaner
Out of Wynyard – Sunday 24 April
The map for Out of Wynyard on Sunday 24 April may look like a electrocuted pitchfork but it’s actually three ride legs and depending on your appetite for distance and elevation you can do one, two or all three.
The full ride on quiet roads is 38.8 km and will be leaving Gutteridge Gardens on Goldie Street at 11 am. There could also be an easy 7 km route along the shared path next to the river if there are enough takers.
RSVP to ride leader Keith B. via https://ridewithgps.com/events/176032-nw-riders-out-of-wynyard - lunch afterwards in the gardens so BYO or buy from nearby outlets.
Ranelagh River Ride – Saturday 30 April
Another scenic ride to kick off the weekend, with a loop along the Huon River on Saturday 30 April, leaving from Ranelagh.
Meet ride leader Jack at 9.45 am at the corner of Agnes and Louisa streets in Ranelagh to take the 27 km route via asphalt and gravel roads alongside the river, crossing over at Judbury.
There will be a delicious ending at Summer Kitchen Bakery, please RSVP via https://ridewithgps.com/events/171924-ranelagh-river-ride
Northern Recumbents Blackwood Creek – Saturday 30 April
Bishopsbourne is a popular riding spot and on Saturday 30 April it will be where recumbent riders gather to head out to Blackwood Creek and back via Cressy.
Meet ride leader Tony at the recreation grounds at 1109 Bishopsbourne Road at 9.45 am for the 53 km route via quiet roads. Upright bikes are also welcomed but the pace will be about 13–14 km/h and there will be stops uphill for recumbent riders to bunch up.
The group will stop for a coffee at the Rustic Bakery in Cressy, please RSVP because it will be cancelled if the weather is too windy: https://ridewithgps.com/events/173699-northern-recumbents-blackwood-creek
Ebike Coffee Cruise: ICC to Cadbury Estate – Thursday 5 May
The ebike ride from Cornelian Bay to Cadbury Estate on Thursday 5 May is an easy 22.5 km route to help people build confidence on their bikes or just have fun riding with a group.
Meet at 9.45 am in the upper car park for the ride along the Intercity Cycleway and back, with a coffee stop at Baked in Moonah.
RSVP to ride leader Di in case of cancellation: https://ridewithgps.com/events/176198-e-bike-coffee-cruise-icc-to-cadbury-esta
Women on Wheels Tranmere Trundle – Sunday 8 May
The Tranmere Trundle on Sunday 8 May is a relatively easy 21 km of off-road and on-road riding to help women build their confidence on a bicycle.
Meet ride leader Dorothy at leaving Kangaroo Bay car park at 9.15 am to head along the Foreshore Trail to Tranmere then return via roads.
There will be a coffee stop along the way so people get to know each other, RSVP via https://ridewithgps.com/events/174372-women-on-wheels-tranmere-trundle
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.
- New Norfolk New Fork– Saturday 14 May
- E-bike Coffee Cruise: Oatlands Andover Country Circuit– Thursday 19 May
- Tranmere Trundle– Saturday 21 May
- Women on Wheels: Tunnels and Bridges– Sunday 5 June
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.
- Please have a mask handy if you intend to finish with coffee or snack with other riders.
People are asked not to attend rides if they have fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, shortness of breath or runny nose or are in mandated isolation or quarantine.