Tassie Bike Week boasts social rides galore!

2020 is shaping up to be the biggest Bike Week in a few years with heaps of rides and events around the state and Bicycle Network offering several social rides.

We held a training session at the start of this year for people wanting to lead free social rides and it’s paid off with several rides being offered for Bike Week.

Our new ride leaders have jumped straight on board, with these offerings:

  • Kangaroo Bay to Tranmere return– free social ride, Tuesday 3 March, 9.45 am, Kangaroo Bay playground car park along the Foreshore Trail with optional coffee in Bellerive Village.
  • Sandy Bay Commute– Bicycle Network free social ride, 7.15am for 7.30 start, Friday 6 March, Trugannini car park, Channel Hwy, Taroona, into the city via Battery Point. A good one for people thinking of commuting but not sure of routes or other tips.
  • Richmond-Campania Country Roll – free social ride, Saturday 7 March, 9.45 am, Richmond Town Hall car park. Riding to Campania for a picnic lunch taking quiet country roads, mostly sealed, some unsealed sections.
  • Geilston Bay – Tranmere Foreshore Trail – free social ride, Sunday 8 March, 11 am – 2.30 pm, 43 km, BYO lunch to eat at Bellerive Bluff Fort and then coffee afterwards in Lindisfarne. Start and finish at Geilston Bay Boat Club car park.

On top of these our established ride leaders are offering

  • E-bike Coffee Cruise– Bicycle Network free social ride, 10am – 12.30pm, Wednesday 4 March, Salamanca Place to the Picnic Basket in Taroona and return, this is a fair-weather ride so please RSVP.
  • Splash to the Bluff family ride– free social ride, Saturday 7 March, Splash Aquatic Centre Devonport, easy 9km ride. 

The much-loved family treasure hunt in Peter Murrell Reserve is on again this year:

  • Kingborough Treasure Hunt– Sunday 8 March, Peter Murrell Reserve, Huntingfield Avenue, 2–5 pm. Free. Family friendly, suitable for mountain bikes and lots of fun!

And our main event for the week, Women on Wheels, looks set to be a great morning out:

  • Women on Wheels ride– Sunday 1 March, 10 am – 12 pm, at The Long House, Macquarie Point. This year is the 20th birthday and we’ll have three routes to match your experience, including a short family ride. Check out the webpage for warm-up rides in the lead-up to the big ride. $10 for Bicycle Network members and children, $15 non-members. 

Our free social rides are a way for people to build their confidence to ride, whether it be for easy weekend rides, greater challenges on and off road or to use their bikes to get around. If it's been a while since you've ridden somewhere new, choose one of our rides and get out there!

Other organisations around the state are also offering some fantastic events during Bike Week, which you can see more details of on the Tasmanian Bicycle Council website

  • SWAG Family - presentation about bike tour of Australia
  • Audax Tasmania – 300 km ride out of Penguin
  • Hobart Wheelers – Mount Wellington Challenge
  • Shredding Betties – introduction to mountain biking at Kellevie
  • Kellevie Mountain Bike Park – 6-hour race
  • Hobart Bike Kitchen – Sunday bike maintenance sessions
  • Tamar Bicycle Users Groups – community ride, car v bike challenge, bike maintenance, film night and many other events
  • Lions Club – Le Tour de Flinders weekend of rides
  • Disability Networks – Launceston Community Ride