With winter fast approaching our social ride leaders are making the most of the good weather with a few different ride options, including a long ride to New Norfolk and exploration around Oatlands.
Wandering Waterworks Workout – Saturday 7 May
The Wandering Waterworks Workout on Saturday 7 May provides a steep climb while mixing it up on roads, fire trails and gravel paths for the 21 km route.
Meet ride leader Greg at the Cenotaph car park at 9.15 am for the 2.5 hour ride which includes steep gravel sections so you’ll need a bike with wide tyres and low gearing.
There’ll be a stop for coffee along the way. RSVP via https://ridewithgps.com/events/177451-wandering-waterworks-workout
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 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
New Norfolk New Fork – Saturday 14 May
Test out your legs on the 74 km ride to New Norfolk and back on Saturday 14 May.
Ride leader David A. will meet riders at 9.15 am at the Cenotaph car park for the ride along the Intercity Cycleway to Rosetta where the group will head over the steep rise of Glenlusk and then coast down into New Norfolk for lunch.
The return leg will be on the other side of the river on Boyer Road, across the Bowen Bridge then local roads to the Intercity Cycleway and back to the starting point.
Please RSVP as the ride will be cancelled if the weather is bad or too windy: https://ridewithgps.com/events/173612-new-norfolk-new-fork
Ebike Coffee Cruise: Oatlands Andover Country Circuit – Thursday 19 May
The ebikers are tackling a 66 km loop out of Oatlands via Andover and Baden on Thursday 19 May.
Meet ride leader Di at the reserve near the corner of Mill Lane and the Esplanade at 10.15 am for the route along quiet roads. Note that about half of the roads are unsealed so you’ll need wider tyres and enough battery range (or another battery) as there’s nowhere to stop and charge.
Coffee and/or lunch back in Oatlands around 1 pm. RSVP in case of cancellation: https://ridewithgps.com/events/165188-e-bike-coffee-club-oatlands-andover-coun
Tranmere Trundle – Saturday 21 May
If you can’t make the Women on Wheels Tranmere Trundle, then come along to this one on Saturday 21 May with ride leader David A.
Meet before 9 am at the Cenotaph car park or at Kangaroo Bay car park at 9.15 am. It’s a cruisy 21 km ride along the Foreshore Trail to Tranmere then back along roads and paths to Kangaroo Bay.
There will be coffee along the way, please RSVP in case of cancellation: https://ridewithgps.com/events/173613-tranmere-trundle
New Port Sorell self-guided route
Our Ambassador Routes has a new addition – a scenic 27 km loop out of Port Sorell exploring the beauty of the coast and inland country roads.
The Port Sorell Scenic Ramble also takes in a winery, café and several beach stopovers.
All the route is on roads and while they are mostly easy to ride on there are a few short sections with high-speed traffic and not much shoulder.
Anyone can download the Ambassador route maps and Bicycle Network members can also download the audio cues so your phone can direct you when to turn.
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: 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.