Cycling in Tasmania
On an island like Tasmania, with beautiful scenery and open uncrowded roads, cycling or mountain bike touring is a great way to travel.
Cycling at Swansea on the east coast of Tasmania
© Tourism Tasmania and Garry Moore
Cycling clubs in Tasmania
- City of Burnie Cycling Club
The City of Burnie Cycling Club is situated on the north-west coast of Tasmania. The club has traditionally been a road and track club but in 2005 MTB was added to the program and now the club has a large number of mountain-bikers.
The City of Burnie Cycling Club is suitable for anyone interested in cycling, no matter what age or ability, and has every type of rider from social riders to national representatives, juniors to veterans and road to MTB.
- Launceston Mountain Bike Club
The LMBC is a non-profit club established to serve the needs of mountain-bikers in the greater Launceston area and to develop interest in all facets of this fast growing sport. The Launceston Mountain Bike Club holds regular “Down Hill” and “Cross Country” events, and regular social rides to stimulate existing riders and to develop new riders.
- Northern Veterans Cycling Club
The NVCC caters for racing road cyclists. Membership to the Northern Veterans Cycling Club is open to men aged 35 years and over, and for women aged 30 years and over.
- Southern Tasmanian Veteran Cycling Club
The STVCC has over 100 members and conducts races most weekends throughout the year. Many younger riders come to the races and tag along at the back of the bunch for a training ride.
- Southern Pedals
Based in the Huon Valley, south of Hobart, this is a small cycling group which enjoys social outings as well as racing. Night rides are a feature during the winter months while BBQ's are a feature of the summer months.
- Hobart Wheelers/Dirt Devils
This cycling club, based in and around Hobart, caters for road cycling, mountain biking, track racing and time trials.
Cycling facilities in Tasmania
- Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park
A purpose-built mountain bike park, only 15 minutes from the Hobart CBD. The Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park was designed by world-renowned course designer Glen Jacobs (Sydney Olympics, World Cup, World Championships) who says that it is set to become a major mountain-biking destination.
Cycling organisations in Tasmania
- Cycling Tasmania
Cycling Tasmania is the governing body for cycling competition in Tasmania.
- Bicycle Tasmania
Tasmania’s bicycle advocacy group with interests in all forms of cycling. Bicycle Tasmania was founded to promote cycling to all levels of the community.
A joint venture of the four southern councils of Hobart, Glenorchy, Clarence and Kingborough, CyclingSouth plays an important role in the development of infrastructure and develops programs to encourage more people to enjoy bike riding. The CyclingSouth website has useful information on all aspects of cycling.
The Great Tasmanian Bike Ride
The popular Great Tasmanian Bike Ride takes place in odd-numbered years, exploring different cycling routes in Tasmania each time. The Great Tasmanian Bike Ride attracts a couple of thousand riders (supported by a team of volunteers), with most participants camping along the way.
The event is organised by Bicycle Victoria. More information is on their website.
Transporting bikes to Tasmania
The Spirit of Tasmania allows bicycles free of charge in the off-peak and shoulder-season and at a small cost during peak-season.
Airlines have different policies regarding transporting bicycles and it is advisable to check before flying. Some airlines charge extra for carrying bicycles. Most require you to put your bicycle in a suitable box. Bike boxes can be purchased from most airport terminals and cost around $15. Alternatively, they can be picked up from a bike shop for little or no cost.
Cycling is popular in Tasmania. ©Tourism Tasmania
and Richard Eastwood
The Tasmanian Trail
The Tasmanian Trail is a multi-purpose recreational trail, 480 kilometres long, extending from Devonport on the north coast of Tasmania to Dover in the south. It is used by walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders. The Tasmanian Trail links existing forestry roads and fire trails, country roads and occasionally crosses private land.
The route is designed for those who enjoy soft adventure rather than hardened wilderness seekers. The experience is recreational, cultural, historical and nature based.
Details and photos can be found on the Tasmanian Trail website.