Historic ride open to all

We’re celebrating the Open House Hobart weekend with a free social ride that will take in some of the best sites, as well as parking poles at popular addresses.

The 17km ride will take in about eight of the open houses, although our ride leader Greg will make a decision on the day if more can be fitted in.

We’re meeting at the Bicycle Network office at 210 Collins Street at 9.40am on Saturday 10 November ready for a 9.50am departure.

The first stop is the only fixed one – 10am at Anglesea Barracks for the organised tour.

We’ll then fit in the Royal Tennis Club, Hobart Town Hall and Victoria Gunpowder Magazine before stopping at Cornelian Bay where you can bring your own lunch or visit the café.

After lunch it’s on to St John’s Park in New Town then back to Hobart for the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church, Church of Christ Scientist and the Princes Park Magazine.

We’re aiming to finish about 4pm back at the Bicycle Network office, although you can peel off before then.

The ride will follow roads, footpaths, bikepaths and is suitable for more experienced riders.

For more information or to request additions to the route and RSVP, contact Greg Dutkowski on 0408 238 495:

Devils in Glenorchy

Knitted devils rather than the feisty live ones are in our sights on this easy, relaxed ride along the Intercity Cycleway from the Cenotaph car park in Hobart.

On Thursday 15 November we’ll be meeting at 9.50am at the Cenotaph to head to Tastex Knitwear on a Christmas pressie search to see their range of Envirowoollies toys and beanies.

The company uses offcuts to make the cute toys, which include Tasmanian devils, penguins, wombats, blue tongued lizards and platypus. It also sells jumpers, scarves and animal beanies.

After a coffee near Northgate we’ll return along the cycleway getting back about 12 noon. We’ll only go ahead if the weather is fine so please RSVP if you want to come along:

Sprent–Castra Loop

Coming up later in the month is the Sprent-Castra Loop ride through picturesque farmland on mostly gentle ascent and descent on Sunday 25 November, 11am – 2pm.

The 22km ride will start at the Sprent Community Hall, about 650 metres south of the Sprent Primary School on Castra Road at 11am.

There is an overall 300 metre ascent as the ride loops from Castra Road to Central Castra Road, dropping to the East Gawler River Bridge then back along Central Castra Road and finishing on Castra Road.

Bring your own lunch to eat afterwards at the Sprent Community Hall.

For more information and to RSVP please contact ride leader Roger Lee on 6437 6101:

These rides are being offered as part of Bicycle Network Tasmania’s social rides program. Social rides are free and organised by volunteers to help other people meet new people, learn new skills and gain confidence on their bikes.

Upcoming rides

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: 

Other upcoming rides of interest already on the calendar are:

  • E-bike Expo convoy – 18 November
  • Kingborough Treasure Hunt – 3 March
  • Welcome the Pain Revolution ride – 23 March

Image: Nina Hamilton