We’re back with the first In the Loop social rides heads-up for 2024. The coming fortnight offers the usual rides around Hobart and a country roads expedition. https://ridewithgps.com/organizations/2014-bicycle-network-tasmania/events
E-bike Coffee Cruise: The Queens View – Friday 2 February
Di, our e-bike ride leader extraordinaire, is putting on the Queens View ride on Friday 2 February to coincide with the monthly Coffee, Chat and Cycles get together.
It’s a great little ride that explores the paths, trails and quiet roads on the Queens Domain.
Meet Di at Brooke Street Pier at 10.15am for the 9.3km circuit of the Domain before heading to Jampacked in Hunter Street for coffee and/or lunch.
To RSVP in case of cancellation: https://ridewithgps.com/events/292514-e-bike-coffee-cruise-the-queen-s-view
Geilston Bay to Tranmere Foreshore Trail – Saturday 3 February
The Geilston Bay to Tranmere Foreshore Trail on Saturday 3 February is a leisurely but lengthy 43km ride on mostly flat and safe cycle paths with some interesting bush track and quiet road diversions.
Meet ride leader Brian at 9.45am at the Geilston Bay Boat Club car park to follow the scenic Clarence Foreshore Trail from one end to the other and back, with a coffee stop along the way.
Please RSVP in case of cancellation via https://ridewithgps.com/events/292405-geilston-bay-to-tranmere-foreshore-trail
Wandering Waterworks Workout – Sunday 4 February
The Wandering Waterworks Workout on Sunday 4 February is 21km and reaches close to 400m elevation, so more workout than wandering.
Meet ride leader David at 9.15am at Hamlet Café (note if you are coming from the eastern shore that the Ironman triathlon is on the same day). From there the group will take the Rivulet Path and Strickland Avenue to Ridgeway Road to get to the trails in Waterworks Reserve and back via quiet streets.
There’ll be a coffee stop on the way back, please RSVP in case of cancellation. https://ridewithgps.com/events/295778-wandering-waterworks-workout
Cambridge Park Loop – Friday 9 February
The 28km Cambridge Park Loop on Friday 9 February takes in great coastal views and will also please the plane spotters.
Join ride leader Brian at 9.45am at the Harvey Norman car park in Cambridge to head straight out on Acton Road to Ralphs Bay, then through Lauderdale and Roches Beach to Seven Mile Beach and back up alongside the airport.
Coffee afterwards for the willing, please RSVP in case of cancellation: https://ridewithgps.com/events/292410-cambridge-park-loop
E-bike Coffee Club: Getting around Glenorchy – Thursday 15 February
The 24km Getting around Glenorchy e-bike ride on Thursday 15 February will share some quiet street routes and little-known shared paths.
Meet ride leader Di at 9.45am at the Cenotaph car park to head up the Intercity Cycleway to Tolosa Park to enjoy shared paths and the traffic-calmed Main Road.
Coffee in Glenorchy or at Baked on the way back. Please RSVP in case of cancellation via https://ridewithgps.com/events/296593-e-bike-coffee-club-getting-around-glenor
Risdon Brook Dam Visit – Saturday 17 February
The 30.8km Risdon Brook Dam ride on Saturday 17 February gives you a little bit of everything with shared paths, quiet streets, bridge crossings, dirt trails and a few short, busy road stretches.
Meet ride leader Brian at 9.45am at the Cornelian Bay top car park to head along the Intercity Cycleway to the Bowen Bridge and across to ride around the Dam. The group will then take Sugarloaf Road to the Foreshore Trail and over the Tasman Bridge back to Cornelian Bay.
There will be a coffee stop in Lindisfarne on the way back, please RSVP in case of cancellation: https://ridewithgps.com/events/292490-risdon-brook-dam-visit
Lindisfarne Hills – Friday 23 February
The Lindisfarne Hills ride on Friday 23 February will give you a short 12km workout, bookended by coffee and lunch.
Meet ride leader Brian at the Currency Café ready to head off by 10am. The ride will take in Gordons Hill and Natones hills, joined by quieter roads, for some stunning views of kunanyi/Mt Wellington and the Tasman Bridge.
Lunch at Currency Café afterwards, but please RSVP in case of cancellation: https://ridewithgps.com/events/292491-lindisfarne-hills
- 7 February: Westbury to Quamby, meet at 9.15am at the sports ground in Franklin Street, 42km, 20-25km pace.
- 14 February: Cressy to Blackwood Creek, meet at 9.15am at the Big Fish in Main Road, Cressy, 44km, 20-25km pace.
Upcoming rides & events
- E-bike Coffee Cruise: The Queens View – Friday 1 March
- Agrarian Kitchen to Lachlan – Sunday 17 March
- Backroads Richmond to Campania – Sunday 31 March
- E-bike Coffee Cruise: The Queens View – Friday 5 April
- Cornelian Bay to Kingston Fruit Loop – Saturday 13 April
- Cygnet Wattle Grove Loop – Sunday 14 April
- Brighton Rally – Sunday 28 April
- E-bike Coffee Cruise: The Queens View – Friday 3 May
- Kangaroo Bay to Tranmere return – Saturday 11 May
- Pawleena Penna Circuits – Sunday 12 May
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.
Main Image: Risdon Brook Park, TasWater