Big Mountain offers guided mountain bike tours within Australia, as well as outbound tours to New Zealand and North America.
We seek out the very best single-track and combine that with unique experiences, great food, and accommodation, in a well-organised, small-group adventure led by professional guides.
The birth place of mountain biking, this is Colorado, where the best singletrack trails on the planet are found. Mountain bikers from all over the world come to Colorado to tackle this fat-tyre paradise.
Once a thriving mining town with the richest tin mine in the world and one of the last remaining wilderness areas, Derby is now home to one of the world's premier mountain bike networks located in Tasmania.
One of the oldest mountain bike networks in New Zealand, with master crafted trails, unbeatable riding surfaces, well draining volcanic soils, varying topography and fantastic scenery. It is no wonder Rotorua is renowned among mountain bikers worldwide as a premier riding destination.
Where: Blue Derby, Tasmania (Australia)
When: Oct 4-7, 2019
Who: Women only (8 women maximum)
> Day 1: Arrive Launceston Airport and travel to accommodation (Branxholm)
> Day 2: Ride Blue Tier & Atlas
> Day 3: Ride Blue Derby
> Day 4: Ride Blue Derby (AM), lunch, pack up & travel to Launceston Airport
> Airport transfers
> Private transport & shuttles
> Full mechanical support
> Accommodation - Twin Share
> Continental breakfast, bed linen & towels.
> Tour Guide
NB: A cooked breakfast option is also available for $15 per day extra.
> Lunches & dinners
> Bike hire (if not bringing own bike)
September to mid-November are when the trails are in peak riding condition.
We're super stoked to offer our first-ever tour to Blue Derby for women exclusively. And for this and all future women only tours we're "tipping our helmet" to all of the hard working women that run local businesses in the Derby area by supporting them & their businesses over the course of this tour.
Ladies, book your place on our women only Blue Derby guided mountain bike tour before July 31st, and receive $100 off the full tour price e.g. If booking before 31/07/19 pay just $999!!!
A deposit of $250 is all that is required to secure your place on this tour. Join us?
Q: How do I make a tour booking?
A: Contact us and we’ll respond shortly thereafter (typically within 48 hours). Once we have confirmed the details of your booking with you we’ll then email you an itinerary and an invoice. Once you make payment (25% deposit as a minimum) then your place on the tour will be confirmed. Note: Full payment is required 6 weeks prior to the start of your tour.
Q: How far in advance should I make a tour booking?
A: We recommend booking as soon as you have decided on a tour and you know you can travel. To avoid disappointment, it’s best to secure your booking as soon as possible.
Q: What is the tour group size and eligibility?
A: Our tour groups are typically between 6 and 8 participants, with up to 2 guides per group. For larger groups, a third team member may provide extra support throughout the tour. Participants must be 18 and over, unless accompanied by an adult or legal guardian.
Q: What level of ability will I need to go on tour?
A: Our tours are aimed towards the experienced mountain biker i.e. there could well be a few technical sections, descents, steep climbs, and a couple of long days. If you are an intermediate to expert level rider, then these tours are for you. If, however you're a novice rider then we can cater to suit you too! If you have any questions regarding your suitability for a particular tour, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Q: What happens if a trail is closed, or in the event of bad weather?
A: We make amendments to our tour route on the rare occasion that trails, parks or activities are shut or closed due to bad weather, trail maintenance, and/or unsafe conditions. If we cannot re-route the tour, or a compromise is not possible, we will refund that portion of the tour.
Q: What’s included in the tour price?
A: All our tours include; transport, passionate and qualified guides, mechanical support, accommodation, and some meals are also provided.
Note: Please be sure to refer to your tour itinerary, as each tour has specific inclusions that are included in the tour price.
Q: What is the standard of accommodation?
A: Regardless of where we go, accommodation absolutely must meet our standards and we have hand-picked every place we stay at. Standard accommodation is twin share. In some cases there may be an option to upgrade to a private (double) room.
Q: Do I need travel insurance?
A: We recommend taking out travel insurance once you have booked your tour. Speak to your travel agent as they can usually assist you. If you live in Australia, we would strongly urge you to take out a membership with MTBA - https://www.mtba.org.au/membership
Q: I am travelling on my own – can I join one of your tours?
A: Absolutely! A great many of our guests are solo travellers and they have a wonderful time, meeting a bunch of like-minded people that quickly become great friends.
Q: There is a group of us that want to join a tour, is that OK?
A: Yes, groups are most welcome on tour. If booking as part of a group be sure to inform us of this at the time of booking.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: Your own reliable, mechanically sound bike, personal riding equipment and apparel, and some spares for general repairs e.g. derailleur hanger, tyres, tubes, chain, and a gear cable, however we can assist you with most mechanical issues, including bicycle assembly and set up. We will also send you a detailed clothing and equipment list with your itinerary. Don't forget to pack a "can-do" attitude and sense of humour?
Q: Can I hire a mountain bike?
A: We offer limited high-performance bike hire at some of our tour locations. Please contact us for more information on what is available.
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Please also be sure to read our Terms & Conditions before booking your tour.
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A New Zealand native, Adam now calls Brisbane home. Growing up in NZ Adam spent his childhood either in the bush or on the sea. These days Adam likes to stay active and fit by being in the great outdoors, either hiking or mountain biking. Adam likes to ride rowdy, natural singletrack. Adam is passionate about providing a great experience for everyone on tour.
Also from New Zealand, Ben is a career bicycle mechanic and former tester for New Zealand Mountain Biker Magazine. Ben has also been a mechanic for the Funn Factory World Cup Downhill Team. Ben likes to ride steep and techie terrain, as well as a good set of jumps.
Originally from Margaret River, WA. Jules now rides, lives and works in beautiful Derby, Tasmania. Jules has a love for all things outdoors but feels most at home on her bike with her husband Mark and trail dog Millie. Passionate and approachable, Jules just wants everyone to have a good time on their bike. Jules' favourite terrain is fast flow with a hint of steep tech/features thrown in for good measure.
"Brilliant weekend very well organised. Derby trip exceeded my expectations." - Tamara
"It was awesome to complete the trails, I never thought I could do it." - Brad
“The tour was hands down the most fun I have had on my bike.” - Glenn
"I could not have done a longer tour as I was totally buggered when I got home." - Terry