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Lots of riding in northern Tas

posted Nov 18, 2012, 11:38 PM by Jeff Dunn   [ updated Dec 1, 2012, 2:51 AM by Austin Greenwood ]

A huge range of organised rides are coming up in northern Tassie:
Bike Tas North West, November ride
Sun, November 25, 11am – 1pm
Westbury- Bracknell area, lead by Tim & Coral Arnold

If you live or want to ride in the North and North East then Tamar BUG put on an impressive number of non-competitive rides. (TBUG are also very active in local advocacy work.) See www.tbug.org.au for details.

Dorset BUG rides, two options, both with lunch at Pipers Brook vineyard. Sunday 2nd Dec. For further details including the cost please contact Gretchen at dorset@dhhs.tas.gov.au

Get involved in your local group, and enjoy some great country riding!

ASH Dash

posted Nov 18, 2012, 9:42 PM by Jeff Dunn   [ updated Dec 16, 2012, 10:48 PM by Austin Greenwood ]

All Seven Hills Dash is the ultimate southern Tasmanian challenge ride that has lured masochists for years. The 200km route weaves through the scenic Houn valley, taking in 7 significant climbs along the way. It is not a race - but the bragging rights for just finishing are huge. See http://audax.org.au/public/

Opperman Gran Fondo

posted Nov 18, 2012, 9:22 PM by Jeff Dunn   [ updated Dec 1, 2012, 2:50 AM by Austin Greenwood ]

Online entries for the 2012 Opperman Gran Fondoentries close next Wednesday 28th November at 5pm. Entry link: http://regonline.activeglobal.com/oppygranfondo12

Also, a reminder for those interested in coming to the ‘Behind the Scenes of Pro Cycling’ Q&A forum with our pro cyclists on Friday 30 Nov 6-7pm at Hotel Grand Chancellor – they just need to ensure they RSVP which is free... link is here: http://regonline.activeglobal.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1144041

Le Tour de Norfy Challenge 2012

posted Oct 5, 2012, 2:04 AM by Austin Greenwood   [ updated Dec 1, 2012, 2:52 AM ]

Another Community Cycle Event 

The Claremont Rotary Club and Make-a-Wish advise their major fund raising event of the year Le Tour de Norfy Challenge is on again and will be held on Sunday 28 October, starting and finishing at Kensington Park, New Norfolk. 

Craig Stringer, Public Relations spokesperson for Claremont Rotary Club said “the event is open to cycle rider’s ages 13 years and over and he encourages riders to seek sponsorship from friends and family, work colleagues or business. It is not a race but a fund raiser and something the whole family can do.”

There will be three rides that entrants can choose from;

· 38km – New Norfolk to Bushy Park via Rosegarland, New Norfolk

· 76km – 2 laps of the 38km ride

· 106km – New Norfolk to Hamilton, Ellendale, New Norfolk

Mr Stringer said “This event is growing every year and it gives riders the chance to take in the wonderful scenery of the Derwent Valley while participating in a well organised cycle event.”

For further information contact Anne Simpson on 0437 351 086

Le Tour de Flinders!

posted Jul 27, 2012, 12:16 PM by Austin Greenwood   [ updated Dec 1, 2012, 2:52 AM ]

Invites you to participate


 in the 7th annual

“Le Tour de Flinders”


80km RIDE FROM LADY BARRON STARTS @ 9.00am  Lady Barron Hall








Entry forms will be available from Bowmans shop, Freckles café & Lady Barron store or Online


Free water bottle for all participants


Support your local Lions Club & do something towards your own fitness



“Le Tour de Flinders”

conducted by Lions Club of Flinders Island


The Lions Club will once again be conducting its annual bicycle ride (this is the 7th) commencing from Lady Barron, following the Lakrana and Memana Roads to Whitemark then the main road back to Yellow Beach via Lady Barron. A total distance of 80km. An alternative ride commences from Whitemark to Yellow Beach a distance of 27km and there is even a loop around Lady Barron of some 2.5km for the not so adventurous or younger riders.

The Lions Ride for Sight is not a race but a novel way of getting cyclists onto their bicycles, sharing the camaraderie with friends and other cyclists and enjoying the magnificent scenery our special Island has to offer whilst at the same time raising funds for a very worthwhile cause.

It is proposed to conduct this years ride on Sunday 4th November 2012 commencing at 0900 from Lady Barron hall and midday from Whitemark concluding with a free barbecue at Yellow Beach for all participants.

Whilst the total route is the ultimate challenge, some participants may be happy with the 27km between Lady Barron and Yellow Beach.

Obviously some preparation will be required and it is strongly recommended that some training be undertaken to enable a comfortable and pain free day is enjoyed by all participants.

The Lions Club will man rest/water points at strategic points along the route and will also provide a “sag wagon” to pick up those who may wish to terminate prior to the finish, however with adequate preparation the challenge should be within reach of everyone.

As this will be the 7th staging of the ride following very successful rides in 2006-11  we feel that we now have acquired the expertise and experience to provide an interesting and importantly, enjoyable experience for all.  The Lions Club of Flinders Island is looking to expand on the number of participants we had last year where 23 cyclists completed the full ride, 4 completed the ride from Whitemark and there were 10 children who did the loop at Lady Barron. We very much appreciated the support from members of the Royal Victorian Aero Club and look forward to their participation again this year

We realize that getting here can be a major obstacle and have therefore arranged a travel package with Flinders Island Aviation Services to fly cyclists and their bikes from Bridport to Lady Barron on Saturday 3rd November and returning again after the ride on Sunday 4th to Bridport. The cost of this return airfare package is $300 per cyclist including their bicycle. It is hoped that people will consider making a weekend (or longer) of their visit and enjoy the spectacular beauty of Flinders as well as participating in the ride. Accommodation on the Island can be arranged through our local tourism office by phoning 1800 994 477 and talking with Megan.


The event is a fundraiser for the  Lions Club of Flinders Island and all proceeds are utilized for a program of preventable blindness. An entry fee of $20 per rider is applicable and individual sponsorship is encouraged.


Thank you and please feel free to contact me should you require any further information.


Gordon Rorison


Flinders Island Lions Club




Special Offer to Bicycle Tasmania members

posted May 21, 2012, 7:21 PM by Austin Greenwood   [ updated Dec 1, 2012, 2:51 AM ]

The inaugural Opperman Gran Fondo was highly praised and enjoyed  last year. Entries have now opened for this year’s edition which will have both a 160km and 100km options, and will be held on Saturday December 1, 2012. 

The organisers have provided us with two excellent  promotions

 1.       Special offer to all Bike Tas members. Enter the Opperman Gran Fondo 2012 by September 1st, and go in the draw to WIN an Opperman Gran Fondo pack – includes Opperman Gran Fondo Cycling Jersey, Cycling Cap, and Cycling Socks”.

2.       Join or renew Bicycle Tasmania membership between 20th May and 1st October 2012  and go in the draw to WIN 1 of 2 entries into the Opperman Gran Fondo 2012. This is a great one to pass on to friends and people you ride with.

For details and registration, go to www.oppermangranfondo.com.au

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