The Bike Week rides are plumping up our usual social rides calendar, so if you can’t find a ride that suits you in the coming fortnight, well, we just don’t know what to do with you!
Knocklofty Knee Trembler – Saturday 26 February
The Knocklofty Knee Trembler on Saturday 26 February is an oldie but a goodie, with 22 km of climbing through West Hobart and Mt Stuart before returning on the easier Intercity Cycleway.
Meet ride leader Greg at 9.15 am at the Cenotaph car park – the route has a mix of gravel tracks, roads, paths and some steep sections. You will ideally have a bike with low gearing and wide enough tyres for gravel, and e-bikes welcomed.
RSVP in case of cancellation: https://ridewithgps.com/events/166878-knocklofty-kneetrembler
KBUG Pipeline Track – Sunday 27 February
The Kingborough Bicycle Users Group are heading across the border to try the 25 km ride from Fern Tree to the end of the Pipeline Track and back on Sunday 27 February.
Meet ride leader Angela at the Fern Tree Tavern car park at 9.15 am for the 2.5 hour ride on gravel path – it is rough in sections so best to bring a mountain bike or low-geared touring or e-bike.
Coffee back at the tavern. RSVP to https://ridewithgps.com/events/167850-kbug-pipeline-track
Burnie Loop – Sunday 27 February
The Sunday 27 February ride will head out of Burnie and into the hills towards Stowport.
Meet at 10.45 am at the Burnie Yacht Club car park for the 36.6 km loop up through Fern Glade to Stowport Road then back along Upper Natone and Minna roads. An easier option will also be available along the coast west or east of Burnie.
RSVP to ride leader Jan https://ridewithgps.com/events/168826-nw-riders-burnie
Women on Wheels – COMA on the ICC – Sunday 6 March
The first of our Bike Week social rides, Women on Wheels on Sunday 6 March is heading down the Intercity Cycleway to take a look at all the great street art that makes up the Corridor of Modern Art.
Meet ride leader Urszula at 9.45 am at the upper car park at Cornelian Bay. This one is short 14.5 km down the cycleway to Berriedale and back with numerous stops to admire the murals.
Please RSVP in case of cancellation: https://ridewithgps.com/events/165135-bike-week-ride-1-women-on-wheels-details
Margate to Coningham return – Monday 7 March
This free, supportive 22.5 km ride on Monday 7 March explores the cycleway and other paths between Margate and Coningham.
Meet ride leader Dorothy at 9.15 am at Dru Point before heading off on bush paths, the cycleway, footpaths and quiet roads.
All sorts of bikes and riders are welcome, there will be a stop for coffee during or after the ride.
Westbury to Hoggs Lane – Wednesday 9 March
TBUG’s regular Wednesday mornings with ride leader Mick are tackling the circuit out of Westbury via Cluan for Bike Week.
Meet at 9.15 am at the sportsground in Franklin Street in Westbury for the 34 km rolling hills route through farm land on quiet country roads.
More details at: https://ridewithgps.com/events/169822-bike-week-tbug-ride-westbury-to-hoggs-la
E-bike Coffee Cruise: City and Nature – Thursday 10 March
The City and Nature Bike Week ride on Thursday 10 March is a great beginner’s ride at only 9 km.
Meet ride leader Di at 9.15 am at the front of Brooke Street Pier from where she’ll show you the easiest way to ride through the city to the Rivulet Path down to Cascade Brewery and back.
There will be a stop for coffee on the way back so people can have a chat to other riders.
RSVP in case of cancellation: https://ridewithgps.com/events/165140-e-bike-coffee-cruise-scenic-route-to-moo
Twilight Trails around Launceston – Thursday 10 March
Join ride leader Di for TBUG’s regular Thursday night exploration of Launceston’s trails on Thursday 10 March.
The easy 10.7 km route leaves from Park Street in Royal Park at 7 pm and is perfect for anyone wanting to get back into bike riding or just explore the city.
RSVP or more information at https://ridewithgps.com/events/169832-bike-week-tbug-twilight-trails-around-la
Brave the Bridge – Friday 11 March
Bike Week’s Brave the Bridge on Friday 11 March will be lots of fun mixed with a bit of fear for those who don’t like crossing the bridge, but riding with a supportive group helps to overcome it!
The group will take the 8.40 am ferry to Bellerive so either meet at Cornelian Bay car park before 8 am or at the front of Brooke Street Pier at 8.20 am. From the ferry there will be a ride along the Foreshore Trail to Lindisfarne and back and over the Tasman Bridge and back up the cycleway.
Coffee outside at the Currency Café in Lindisfarne. RSVP to ride leader Maryanne: https://ridewithgps.com/events/167182-bike-week-ride-brave-the-bridge
TBUG History Ride – Friday 11 March
Learn a bit more about Launceston while celebrating Bike Week with the History Ride on Friday 11 March.
Meet ride leader Marion at Punchbowl Reserve car park in Norwood at 9.45 am for the route which will take in Carr Villa and to the old Smallpox Cemetery in Techno Park Drive before heading back to Norwood.
The ride should take about 2 hours, RSVP via https://ridewithgps.com/events/167193-bike-week-ride-tbug-history-ride-launces
KBUG Kettering Loop – Friday 11 March
This is an easy loop at 9 km but if you want some road riding experience and beautiful views, the Friday 11 March ride is perfect.
Join ride leader Angela at 9.15 am at Sea Wall Café in Kettering to head up the Channel Highway to the unsealed Manuka Road for the scenic loop around and back down to Kettering.
Please RSVP in case of cancellation https://ridewithgps.com/events/169004-bike-week-ride-kbug-kettering-loop
Pawleena Penna Circuits – Saturday 12 March
You can do one or both of the Pawleena Penna Circuits on Saturday 12 March during Bike Week, with the total length 30 km.
Meet ride leader David A. at Sorell for the circuit out to Pawleena on quiet country roads before coming back into Sorell and heading out on the bike paths around Orielton Lagoon then back.
Coffee at the end in Sorell, please RSVP in case of cancellation: https://ridewithgps.com/events/168558-bike-week-ride-pawleena-penna-circuits
Light up Launnie – Saturday 12 March
This is one of TBUG’s signature Bike Week rides with riders blinging themselves and their bikes to light up Launceston’s streets.
Meet ride leader Di at 7.15 pm at the QVMAG car park in Inveresk. The 10 km route will be an easy loop around on trails and quiet streets and will last for about 1.5 hours.
North West - New this, New that, New the other – Sunday 13 March
The north west Bike Week ride is exploring the first leg of the new coastal pathway from Latrobe to Don on Sunday 13 March, getting ready for the new path to Leith which should be finished this year.
Join ride leader Keith at 10.45 am at the car park at the northern end of Bells Parade to head up the new path to Devonport, around the existing foreshore path to Don and over the new Don River Bridge and around back to the foreshore trail and Latrobe.
There will be a coffee stop along the way, please RSVP for the 32.8 km route to ride leader Keith via https://ridewithgps.com/events/169139-bike-week-ride-north-west-new-this-new-t
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.
- E-bike Coffee Cruise: Ridgeway-South Hobart Meander – Thursday 17 March
- Friday Explorers – Friday 18 March
- Maria Island Jaunt – Saturday 19 March
- E-bike Coffee Cruise: Oatlands Andover Country Circuit – Thursday 19 May
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.