Blue Derby Pods Ride 4-Day Experience - 4 Days

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Over four days, you will ride through both the stunning Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails network, and best of the St Helens Mountain Bike Trails network. Your experience leaders will guide you safely, to the places less ridden, opening up your senses to the brutal beauty of North East Tasmania, including the world-acclaimed Bay of Fires beaches.

Best suited to those wishing for a longer stay, and more adventure. Trips departing once a month or by custom request (minimum custom group size of 4).

  • Explore; the world-acclaimed Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails and St Helens Mountain Bike Trails.
  • Indulge; in the locally-inspired gourmet food, prepared especially for you.
  • Relax; in the comfort of your private Pod nestled within the trails.
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Itinerary

Day 1
LAUNCESTON – BLUE DERBY MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS

8:15am-8:45am – Launceston bus pick up from your accommodation.

Awaken; The Blue Derby Pods Ride journey begins in Launceston, Tasmania. Here you will meet your Experience Leaders, before setting off with us out to the Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails network. You will start coasting along the world-class mountain biking trails mid-morning.

Adventure; After conquering your first morning on the Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails network, you will settle into a late alfresco picnic lunch in the heart of the Cascade valley. Your afternoon adventure is optional; you can continue exploring the trails or relax in the Tasmanian bush setting surrounding our exclusive hub site.

Unwind; Once nestled into the hub and your pod, your Experience Leaders will delight your taste buds with a local, fresh dinner featuring Tasmanian ingredients.

Trails potentially discovered: Atlas, Chain Gang, Rusty Crusty, Axehead, Flickety Sticks, Howler, Rattler, The Derby Lake.

Trail grade: Intermediate (blue) and easy (green).

Number of uplift shuttles provided: 1

Riding duration: 0KM – 20KM/1-5hours

Options
Take it easy – Relax in the natural setting of your lunch spot, or be the first to make it to the Blue Derby Pods Ride accommodation.

Challenge yourself – Continue riding after lunch and take on the trails like; Krushka’s, Dam Busters, Return to Sender, Kings Walls, Upper Flickety Sticks and Roxanne.

Day 2
BLUE DERBY MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS

Awaken; Starting a little later today, you’ll enjoy a slow breakfast at the Blue Derby Pods Ride hub. The choice is yours today, join your Experience Leaders on a morning ride through a diverse range of Tasmanian forest, viewpoints and adrenaline pinches, or continue relaxing at the Blue Derby Pods Ride hub.

Adventure; After a delectable lunch prepared by your Experience Leaders back at the Blue Derby Pods Ride hub, again you have a decision to make, pursue the library in the hub, or join an afternoon ride, through rainforest, tackling some world class berms along the way.

Unwind; Finishing the day at the Pods, you will be well into the groove of things by now… Gourmet Tasmanian food, warm fire, a glass of red in hand, memories of the day to reflect on… It won’t get much better.

Trails potentially discovered: Krushkas, Return to Sender, Flickety Sticks Lower and Upper, Dam Busters, Snig track, Kings Wall, Trouty, Roxanne.

Trail grade: Intermediate (blue) and more difficult (black/double black – optional).

Number of uplift shuttles: 0

Riding duration: 0KM – 40KM/2-6hours

Options
Take it easy – Have the whole day to yourself relaxing at the Blue Derby Pods Ride hub and pods. Explore the extensive library, practice yoga, drink endless cups of tea or indulge in more local produce. Alternatively, join a morning or afternoon ride.

Challenge yourself – Make your morning and afternoon rides longer or my difficult trails or let your experience leaders take you on a custom adventure.

Day 3
BLUE DERBY MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS - BAY OF FIRES TRAIL

Awaken; Start your day at our pods with an energy rich breakfast, fuelling your legs for one of the longest trails we will tackle together. After breakfast, we will depart our pods and take our private transport to the top of the Blue Tier, the highest point of the Blue Derby Mountain Biking Trail network, taking the alternative and iconic Bay of Fires Trail.

Adventure; Riding from the mountains to the sea can only be made better by adding an alfresco seafood picnic lunch, prepared onsite by a local chef overlooking the sea of the pristine Bay of Fires beaches of Tasmania. It is an exhilarating, challenging, and stunning bucket list item.

Unwind; Feeling invigorated and refreshed, tonight you’ll toast to your day’s adventures. Indulging in another gourmet dinner prepared by your Experience Leaders, before you retire to your secluded pods for one last night.

Trails potentially discovered: Bay of Fires Trail

Trail grade: Intermediate (blue)

Number of uplift shuttles: 1

Riding duration: 0KM – 45KM/3-6hours

Options
Take it easy – Skip the descent, and go straight to the Bay of Fires beach lunch spot.

Challenge yourself – Get up early and tackle a trail or two in the morning on the Blue Derby Mountain Bike network such as; Flickety Sticks Upper, Return to Sender, Trouty or Air-Ya-Garn.

Day 4
BLUE DERBY MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS - BLUE TIER - LAUNCESTON

4:30-5:00pm – Group finishes back in Launceston.

Awaken; Waking in your pods refreshed, ready for your final day of adventures. You’ll ride out to the tiny town of Derby where you’ll be transported up to the top of the Blue Tier for the second time, and the start of the Blue Tier descent through lush, dense rainforest down to Weldborough.

Adventure; Feeling high on fresh air and endorphins, you will enjoy an alfresco lunch in a private location at Weldborough. Reflecting on the kilometres travelled and the adventures you’ve had, it will be hard to take the smile off your face.

Unwind; Journeying back to where you started in Launceston, you’ll toast to your four-day mountain biking adventure. Any apprehensions from the first morning are now a distant memory, and have instead been replaced with the brutal beauty of the Blue Derby Pods Ride Experience.

Trails potentially discovered: The Blue Tier Trail, Big Chook, Sawtooth, Berms and Ferns, Deadly Bugga, The Derby Lake, Air-Ya-Garn.

Trail grade: Easy (green), intermediate (blue) and advanced (black).

Number of uplift shuttles provided: 2

Riding duration: 20KM/2-4hours

Options
Take it easy – Skip the descent, and relax a little longer at the Blue Derby Pods Ride accommodation or meet us for lunch.

Challenge yourself – Go for an extra final lap in the morning. Retrace some of your favourite trails like; Krushkas, Dam Busters, Return to Sender and Flickety Sticks, Chain Gang, Rusty Crusty, Axehead, Howler, Rattler, The Derby Lake or give Air-Ya-Garn a try.

Inclusions

  • Return transfers between Launceston and Blue Derby.
  • Accommodation each night in our unique and private quarters; pods (twin share).
  • All meals and beverages (alcoholic (wine and beer) and non-alcoholic), including a private, chef prepared gourmet picnic lunch at the Bay of Fires.
  • Two qualified Experience Leaders for the duration of the experience.
  • Four days premium mountain bike and gear hire (mountain bike, helmet, gloves and riding spray jacket).
  • Four private uplift shuttles.
  • Mountain bike body fit.
  • Luggage storage.

Exclusions

  • Travel Insurance

Please note:

  • The Blue Derby Pods Ride journey begins in Launceston, Tasmania. Our BDPR bus can pick you up from your hotel or accommodation in the Launceston area, if required.
  • For a wonderful accommodation experience in Launceston before or after your Blue Derby Pods Ride experience, we recommend staying with Change Overnight or The Florance.
  • A Blue Derby Pods Ride 4-day experience departs once a month, or by custom request (minimum custom group size of 4).
  • There is the option to pay the full amount upfront, or pay a 50% deposit to secure your place at time of booking (provided your trip departure is 30 days or more away). This option is selected on the final booking page. The balance for your experience is due 30 days prior to departure.
  • $50 of every guest booking is contributed to the maintenance of the Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails.

  • If you cancel your scheduled departure at least 7 days in advance there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 days before your scheduled departure, there is a cancellation fee of 50 per cent. If you cancel within 2 days of your scheduled departure, there is a cancellation fee of 100 per cent.
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Trip Facts

  • Blue Derby Pods Ride
  • Free pick up from Launceston accommodations
  • Pick up destinations could be chosen/included after clicking on "Book Now" button.
  • 4 days
  • Up to 8 travellers
  • Returns to original departure point