Riders worldwide are making tracks to Tasmania - an island at the world's edge covered in wild mountain bike trails with ribbons of dirt tracks passing some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet.
Blue Derby is a network of trails that surround the town of Derby. Once the centre of a tin mining boom, these days it's the mountain bikers carving up the dirt. The Blue Derby Network has changed mountain biking in Tasmania and Australia forever. The trails encompass everything mountain bikers love. Cruise to the top of the hill. Tear downhill as fast as you can. Repeat.
Dam Busters trail takes its name from the 1929 disaster when the Cascade Dam burst, wiping out the riverbed and half of the township of Derby. Ride the forest and exposed riverbed and finish with a white-knuckle descent to Derby.
Blue Tier trail cuts through the mountain ranges it's named after, descending to Weldborough Pub - just in time for a hearty counter meal and a huge selection of craft beer sourced from local Tasmanian microbreweries.
Want to taste a local brew at the source? Head to Little Rivers Brewing Co. in Scottsdale for a Dam Busters pale ale – it packs a punch, just like the trail it's named after.
MAYDENA BIKE PARK
In the Derwent Valley, only 80 minutes from Hobart lies Tassie's newest sensation, the Maydena Bike Park. The full-service bike park offers gravity riding in spectacular wilderness. Opened in January 2018, the park offers over 50 individual gravity trails to explore. Boasting a massive 820 m vertical elevation, the highest of any bike park in Australia, the Park can happily fill the boots of any intermediate through to advanced riders wanting hand-carved single-track. If jumps are your thing, the lower park has some of the biggest jumps and hits in Australia.
It's important to pre-book your ticket, which will give you as many trips as you can handle to the trailhead at the summit on the shuttle. At the 1100 m summit, there's a lookout with expansive views of rugged South West World Heritage Wilderness Area. Select your trail and drop away. The combination of trail (multiple trailheads down the hill) is endless. Check out their website for events and to book your shuttle, hire bike, coaching or photography package.
FUTURE MOUNTAIN BIKING TRAILS
There's a swag of mountain bike projects in the pipeline. They include extensions to the; Wild Mersey Mountain Bike Development and the Dial Range Network along with the new Bay of Fires Descent and St Helens Trail Network (opening late 2019). Now that's epic!
Source: Discover Tasmania
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