More Tassie bike tourism
FANCY RIDING Tassie’s Blue Derby MTB trails all day, then sitting back with awesome food and drink that evening before dossing down in your own, unique bush accommodation? Then it’s worth checking out the Blue Derby Pods Ride, a new premium guided mountain bike experience in northeast Tasmania’s latest MTB hot-spot.
The first of its kind in Tasmania, the Blue Derby Pods Ride is a three-day mountain biking tour for small groups of eight people with two guides. It will use 100km of mountain bike trails in the Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails network, which includes the Derby, Blue Tier and Weldborough (Blue Derby) areas of northeast Tasmania.
Mixing adventure with some well-earned comfort, riders will sleep in architecturally designed eco-sensitive pods for two, which feel as if they are levitating above the forest floor. Dining will be in a central hub building surrounded by quintessential Tasmanian bush with views down to the Cascade River-Valley and beyond.
It’s another boost to the MTB-based tourism push by the Tasmanian Government. According to a Tasmanian-Visitor Survey (TVS), in the year to September 2016, there were 20,900 mountain bike visitors to Tasmania – an increase of 121% on the previous period
The Blue Derby Mountain Biking trails in northeast Tasmania are a key driver of this growth. Mountain biking is now being credited with the revival of the tiny riverside village of Derby – once a booming tin mining settlement with room nights up 85% on the previous year.
The $2.9 million Blue Derby Mountain
Biking Trail, right next to town, is a purposebuilt track that weaves its way through temperate rainforest, large tracts of eucalypt and myrtle forest and woodlands, all with sensational views of this region’s stunning landscapes.
Guests on the Blue Derby Pods Ride will be treated to some of Tasmania’s finest produce with a menu specially created by local chef Daniel
Alps and his team at Alps & Amici, in Launceston. Riders will be able to unwind after a day in the saddle with locally-crafted Tasmanian wines and beers, such as the Dam Busters Pale Ale from the Little Rivers Brewing Company, named after one of the Blue Derby mountain bike trails.
The tour will incorporate three consecutive days of mountain biking without backtracking on a variety of world-class trails to suit the riders’ abilities. With a bus transfer from Launceston, riders meet their guides at the Leaning Church Vineyard in Lalla. From there, the group drives to Blue Derby and hits the first 10km descent on the Atlas trail, followed by an al fresco lunch in the heart of the Cascade-Valley. In the afternoon and following day riders can choose to explore more of the mountain bike trails through the Tasmanian forest – like Krushkas, Dam Busters, Flickety Sticks or Sawtooth.
The final day sees the group cycling to Derby where riders will be transported to the top of the Blue Tier, the highest point of the Blue Derby Mountain Biking Trail network. From here, they will descend through lush, dense rainforest to Weldborough.
The Blue Derby Pods Ride is the brainchild of Tara and Steve Howell.The couple moved from the corporate world to fulfil their passions of mountain biking and showcasing Tassie.
The three-day Blue Derby Pods Ride costs from $1,750 per person** and includes accommodation in elevated pods (twin-share), all meals and beverages, two qualified Experience Leaders, three days’ mountain bike and gear hire - including bike, helmet, gloves and riding spray jacket - plus luggage storage.
Riders can bring their own bikes or hire one, free of charge. Blue Derby Pods Ride has a variety of bikes available including dual suspension, with a choice of 27.5, 29 and 6Fattie wheel sizes.
Departures run every three days on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays, with return transfers between Launceston and Blue Derby included in the price.
For more information on the Blue Derby Pods Ride visit www.bluederbypodsride.com.au.
It’s another boost to the MTB-based tourism push by the Tassie government.
Ride the awesome Blue Derby trail network during the day, then relax in your own bush pod each evening.