World-class scenic road cycling on the Tinderbox peninsula, the Huon valley and The Channel (the coast of the D’entrecasteaux Channel).
This year three routes are
offered: a 35km Tinderbox loop, a 77km Channel loop via Nicholls Rivulet, and the classic 106 km Channel loop.
The event is non-competitive. There are no
prizes or awards. There are no minimum or maximum time limits. Riders can ride at whatever speed they like, and stop as often and where ever
they like. Some strong riders enjoy riding the Channel loop hard and fast, but
most ride at a comfortable pass and stop to enjoy the excellent cafes at Cygnet
and other locations.
A sweep rides behind all other riders on the
road, to provide mechanical help and advice. There is no “sag wagon” – if a
rider wishes to retire they need to organise their own return. However, if you
have previously ridden similar distances, and eat enough and take your time,
then you will undoubtedly finish this ride. Both rides have a few hills.
Our police permit requires every rider to have
a rear red flashing light which must be turned on in the event of inclement
Riders need to register and pay before they
start. A briefing gives route directions and reminders that we are riding on
public roads and subject to all normal road rules. Each rider receives a map
and instructions. A number of directional signs mark the routes. The roads are not closed to cars, but most roads have
either little traffic or wide shoulders. Great care is needed crossing the
major roads in a couple of places.
Registration is at 8am, the briefing at 8.50,
and departure at about 9am. Tinderbox riders should start finishing from about
12 pm, while the longer Channel riders finish between about 2 pm and 5 pm.
At least two food and water stops are provided
on the Channel loop and one on the Tinderbox loop. Cake and lollies will be
available at these. Upon return to Dru Point, riders receive a voucher to buy
goods at the kiosk. It stocks a reasonable range of take-away foods and drinks.
For safety reasons the rides may be cancelled
if weather conditions are very poor (thick fog and/or strong winds and/or heavy
rain.) On the evening and early morning prior to the event, the go-ahead status
will be displayed on the Bicycle Tasmania website: www.biketas.org.au
Please register if you are likely to come. If you are paying on the day please arrive at 8am so that you can pay by
cheque or with cash. No credit card facilities will be available.
Both rides are entirely on public roads with
high speed traffic. Older teens who regularly train on roads may be allowed to
enter without an accompanying adult, otherwise children should only participate
if on tandems or trailers, or if under the direct supervision of responsible