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Huon Winter Challenge 2011

Started by Celia Lanham. Last reply by Celia Lanham May 9, 2011. 1 Reply

OK, I am going to try to get some things happening on the Tassie site, although I am very new to bike riding, let's see how I go.  Starting with the Huon Winter Challenge 2011.  Not an easy one to…Continue

Introducing......................

Started by Chica Nov 25, 2010. 0 Replies

Introduce yourself by telling us a bit more about you!Name:Suburb: (no need to be specific if you don't want to, general area is fine eg Eastern Sydney)What brings you to Silent Revolution?:What…Continue

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Comment by Axel on Monday

Hi Kall,

Try and send a message to Celia - she is on the group or contact the Launceston Mountain Bike Club - they have a facebook page. OR go into the AVanti shop - run by Ben ? MTB rider ( partner of Rowena Fry) .. Hope that helps.

Comment by kall on Monday

Hi everyone. I am in Launceston for a year...starting, now. I was wondering if anyone has info to share on riding in the area. I have riden Kate Reed, which is cool. Trevellyn is way too wet yet. What about other...any info would be really appreciated, especially gps traces...thanks

Comment by Celia Lanham on January 11, 2012 at 9:48

Hi Maree, hope that this hasn't got to you too late.  Heaps of great trails in Hobart apparently, although I am from Launceston and have only ridden the North South track down there which I highly recommend.  It starts on Mt Wellington and ends at the Glenorchy MTB park.  Pop into Ride Bellerive as they are very helpful and are part of a really good biking community.  Happy riding

Comment by Maree Griffiths on December 26, 2011 at 17:45
Hi. I am visiting Hobart for a few weeks and someone suggested that it was a great area to mountain bike ride. I am fairly new to mountaining biking but I am fairly fit. Can anyone suggest any good rides? Thanks!
Comment by Celia Lanham on August 2, 2011 at 14:23
Hi All, I am coming down to Hobart this weekend for a mtb ride on Saturday morning.  My brother in law is taking us for a 30 - 40km mtb ride somewhere, not sure exactly where, with a regular group.  If anyone is interested let me know and I will get some details to you.  Cheers, Celia
Comment by Celia Lanham on July 25, 2011 at 17:57
We're also from Launceston, is much closer to Cradle Mountain then Hobart. All the best with your planning and just message me if you need to know anything else. Cheers, Celia
Comment by Fay Cunningham on July 25, 2011 at 13:18
Nice thanks will ensure we are well provisioned. Will fly to Launceston via Melbourne
Comment by Celia Lanham on July 25, 2011 at 12:32

I believe that we are hiring a camper through Hertz, my husband did quite alot of research and we found that to be the best for our needs.  We are hiring a 'winnebago' style camper as we have two kids who will be coming along and also the one we have allows for a fifth person as Paul's brother will also be racing.  This is a very popular option so again, I would book it sooner rather then later.

 

The West Coast of Tasmania is very unpopulated, no major cities at all.  All the towns that you will be staying in are very small country towns so you will need to be well stocked up on provisions.  They do have small supermarkets, but very expensive.  There are no bike shops, although I believe that some bike parts will be for sale for the Wildside racers, it would be a good idea to make sure that you have all your bike needs and spares et before you head to Cradle Mountain.  Chemists are few and far between. The same for your energy drinks, bars etc.  Are you flying into Hobart or Launceston?

Comment by Fay Cunningham on July 25, 2011 at 12:13
Hello Celia and thank you for that very informative run down. It sounds like roping a support person in is the way to go ..shouldn't be too hard to drag someone to tassie. A campervan sounds like the perfect option so I will explore that. Do you have any recommendations for a good hire company?
Sounds like conditions could be very similar to NZ ..anyones guess on a given day ..this will be my first vist to Tasmania but it's often thought to be quite similar to NZ .
thanks again
Comment by Celia Lanham on July 25, 2011 at 10:34

Hi Fay, welcome to Silent Revolution.  I hope that I can be some limited help in regards to Wildside.  I haven't done the race, but supported my husband in 2010 and will be supporting him next year too.

 

Each stage ends at a different location, there are accommodation packages that you can purchase when you sign up, I believe that these can also include support and transfer of bikes etc.  If you don't have a support person, I would highly recommend using one of these.  If you want to do it yourself with a support person, which is what we are doing, there are a number of different options.  Stage one starts at Cradle Mountain so you will need accommodation the night before up there, there is quite alot of accommodation up there, will be worthwhile booking in quickly though.  They set aside an area where you can set up camp if you are keen to camp.  You won't be coming back to Cradle Mountain so if you are camping you will need someone who can pack up your campsite and move to the next one.  We have hired a campervan and I will be packing up and setting up at the next place each stage while Paul rides.  The first day ends at Tullah.  There would be limited accommodation here, and probably booked out already, but they will be setting up a camping area.  (One of the accommodation options if you don't have a support person includes tenting and someone to pack it up for you I believe).  Again, you won't be coming back to Tullah so need someone to pack up and head off to the next night at Zeehan.  Now, here there are two options.  You will be riding from Zeehan the next morning, but some people chose to camp at Strahan that night and drive to Zeehan to do the race.  We will be staying in Zeehan, a very unpleasant little town, but since you are only there for the night who cares.  The camping ground is the school yard, accommodation here would be extremely limited if there is any at all.  Your support person needs to be at a particular point, can't remember exactly where, but it is all well communicated by a certain time here to replenish drinks etc because they do shut off a road.  You will finish at Trial Harbour and will need someone to pick you up there and drive you and bike to Strahan (this is the only stage where you don't end up where you will be starting the next day).  Accommodation is Strahan is plentiful as it is a beautiful tourist town, but still I would book it sooner rather then later.  Apparently the caravan park next to the finish (where we stayed last time) is booked out by the organisers and some of the bike shops etc.  The other caravan park, where we are booked in is just across the road, so no big deal.  You will be able to ride to the start from whereever you stay in Strahan and it finishes on Macquarie Harbour, right in Strahan.  Ends with a BBQ and presentations, so you will probably want to stay that night in Strahan to watch the slideshow and have a few drinks at the pub maybe.  Strahan is absolutely beautiful and I can recommend staying an extra night and doing the Macquarie Harbour Cruise while you are down there, it takes you to Sarah Island an old convict settlement and also down the Gordon River which is part of the South West Wilderness National Park, just breathtaking.  The cruises serve lunch and drinks and it is a wonderful experience.  You also get to take a walk through centuries old Huon Pine down the Gordon River.

 

Another thing to keep in mind is that the weather on the West Coast can be all extremes.  In 2010 it was hot and humid but the first stage at Cradle Mountain was freezing, bring layers and riding gear for all seasons.  As well as extra bedding.  The race before that was wet and cold and muddy.  2010 was it's driest year, but there was still a bit of mud on the track.  I can get my husband to recommend what tyres etc he takes, but keeping in mind that everyone has different ideas of what should be used.

 

As I said, we are hiring a campervan and are free camping up at Cradle Mountain, Tullah and Zeehan, have only booked the two nights at the caravan park at Strahan.

 

Please don't hesitate to ask any questions.  It is a wonderful experience, the atmosphere is great and everyone has lots of fun!

 

Cheers, Celia

 

 

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