North-west riders look to next year

The north-west riders are delivering their last ride of the year out of Forth this month and sitting down to plan next year’s rides and the fortnightly e-bike rides are continuing into January.

E-bike Coffee Cruise: Ridgeway–Soho – Thursday 15 December

Immerse yourself in hills and nature with the e-bike coffee club ride from South Hobart up to Ridgeway and back on Thursday 15 December.

The 17.3 km loop down the Rivulet Path, up Strickland Avenue and back via the Chimney Pot Hill Road and Ridgeway Road is a perfect test of your e-bike’s ability to handle steep slopes.

Meet ride leader Di at 9.45 am at Hamlet Café in South Hobart, where we’ll have coffee afterwards, but please RSVP in case of cancellation

Forth ride and planning session – Sunday 18 December

The last north-west ride for the year will be out of Forth on Sunday 18 December.

Ride Leader Keith will meet you at 10.45 am at a location to be confirmed. Check with the events listing for exact details closer to the date: 

Following the ride there will be a 2023 planning sessin and the group is looking for a new rides coordinator for 2023 to post the rides on our RidewithGPS events listing and to send out reminder emails to riders.

E-bike Coffee Cruise: Orielton Lagoon – Thursday 5 January

The short, flat Orielton Lagoon route is a perfect ride to ease your way into the new year on Thursday 5 January.

Meet ride leader Di at St Georges Church in Sorell at 9.45 am for the loop around the lagoon on paths and quiet roads.

There will be coffee afterward at Velvet Espresso, please RSVP in case of cancellation:

TBUG Wednesday and Thursday rides

The Tamar Bicycle Users Group runs regular rides on Wednesday mornings usually about 30-40 km and taking in the scenic riding country of the West Tamar, Meander Valley and Northern Midlands. Check the RidewithGPS events listings for meeting points of upcoming rides.

The Thursday night twilight rides are held during daylight savings and start at the Park Street entrance of Royal Park at 5. pm and head out around Launceston’s paths and trails for about an hour. These are great rides for people wanting to get into riding, to explore the path network or just go for a quick, social ride.

TBUG’s social rides are now affiliated with Bicycle Network so feel free to join in, even if you’re not a TBUG member.

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.

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.

COVID-19 guidelines

Our social rides leaders are following 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 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.