Our social rides have a helping flavour this fortnight. The E-bike Coffee Club ride will show people how to get around Glenorchy, ride leader Brian and others will help Alice build confidence at Kangaroo Bay and the Open House Hobart ride will offer a Back on your Bike session to get riders ready to roll.
Open House Hobart group ride – Saturday 11 November
Join our free social ride touring a selection of sites as part of the Open House Hobart program on Saturday 11 November, to take a two-wheeled peek at the city’s architectural gems.
The Back on your Bike program can help prepare you for the ride. If you need to boost your riding confidence, let us know when you RSVP.
Here's our planned schedule of stops:
1. Fusilier Cottage, 64 Hampden Road
2. Hampden House, 37 Hampden Road
3. Town Hall Underground Concourse, 50 Macquarie Street
4. Carnegie Building Basement, 16 Argyle Street
5. (option) Altna-Craig Apartment, 6/6 Altna-Craig Avenue, Lenah Valley
6. Duncan Meerding Studio, 45b Burnett Street, NoHo
7. Designed Objects Tasmania, 27 Tasma Street, NoHo
8. Milkman's Cottage, 49 Barrack Street
Bothwell Apsley Country Loop – Sunday 12 November
The 44km Bothwell Apsley Country Loop on Sunday 12 November is a lovely ride on quiet roads through forests and farms.
Meet ride leader David at 10.15am at Queens Park, Queen Street, Bothwell. You will need a bicycle with wider tyres to cope with the gravel roads, and some energy to tackle the hill up to Den Hill Reserve.
RSVP in case of cancellation via https://ridewithgps.com/events/220059-bothwell-apsley-country-loop-starting-at
E-bike Coffee Club: Getting around Glenorchy – Thursday 16 November
Explore Glenorchy’s safer riding routes and shortcuts on Thursday 16 November on an easy 15km E-bike Coffee Club ride.
Meet ride leader Di at 9.45am at the Cenotaph Car park to head out along the Intercity Cycleway to visit the Peltro Street separated cycleway, the new shared path on Tolosa Street, Tolosa Park, and traffic-calmed Main Road.
There will be a coffee stop in Glenorchy, or at Baked in Moonah on the return. RSVP in case of cancellation via https://ridewithgps.com/events/234373-e-bike-coffee-club-getting-around-glenor
Alice in Wonderland – Saturday 18 November
Help Alice discover the wonderland that is cycling on Saturday 18 November. If you need some help and encouragement to get riding again, too, join Alice and ride leader Brian.
Meet at the Kangaroo Bay car park at 9.45am. After chatting about your abilities and checking bikes, the group will ride on safe trails for about an hour, then stop for coffee.
The ride is open to skilled riders who want to help others, and those who need a bit of help. RSVP in case of cancellation via https://ridewithgps.com/events/234233-alice-in-wonderland
Ranelagh River Ride – Saturday 25 November
This scenic 27km ride on Saturday 25 November goes beside the picturesque Huon River. It will mostly be on bitumen roads, but there is a section of gravel road at the start.
Meet ride leader Jack at 9.45am at the Ranelagh Village Green on the corner of Agnes and Louisa streets.
The ride goes from Ranelagh to Judbury, crosses the Huon River using Judbury bridge and heads back to Ranelagh passing through Glen Huon and Huonville. The ride will finish at the Summer Kitchen Bakery for great coffee, pastries and snacks. All bikes and all riders welcome.
RSVP in case of cancellation via https://ridewithgps.com/events/288689-late-notice-ranelagh-river-ride-from-vil
Squeaking Wheels – Sunday 26 November
The northwest riders are heading out of Port Sorell on Sunday 26 November with a 35km loop without many steep hills.
Meet ride leader Prue at 10.45am at the car park on the corner of Club Drive and Fairway Crescent to head out on mostly quieter roads. A shorter loop that includes a visit to Squeaking Point jetty is also possible.
BYO lunch to eat afterwards at Prue and John's place. RSVP in case of cancellation via https://ridewithgps.com/events/288638-squeaking-wheels
- 15 November: Cressy to Poatina or Poatina Hill, meet Mick at 9.15am at the Big Fish in Main Road, Cressy. 40km or 70km, 20–25 km/h pace.
- 22 November: Hazelbrae Whitemore Black Lane, meet at 9.15am at Hazelbrae Hagley Station Lane. 42km, 20–25 km/h pace.
- 29 November: Westbury Hoggs Lane Cluan, meet at 9.15am at the sports ground in Franklin Street, Westbury. 40km, 20–25 km/h pace.
Upcoming rides & events
- Cornelian Bay to Kingston Fruit Loop – Saturday 2 December
- Christmas lunch in Fern Tree– Saturday 9 December
- Orford Thumbs Lookout Loop– Sunday 10 December
- Kangaroo Bay to Tranmere return– Friday 15 December
- Flight of the Folders– Saturday 23 December
- Burnie Fernglade – Sunday 31 December
- Northern Suburbs/Eastern Shore Loop – Saturday 6 January
- Oatlands Parattah and Stonor Circuit– Friday 26 January
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. You don't have to be super fit or into competitive riding, our rides are a mixed bag depending on the interests of our ride leaders. They offer everything from short 1-2 hour rides, with stops along the way to day-long excursions.
Our social rides leaders follow a set of protocols to help make our rides safer:
- Meeting places for rides will have plenty of space for people to maintain 1.5 metre 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.
- 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.