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Tasmanian Mountain Bike Trails: Blue Derby Pods Ride

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Guided trails, cheese platters and cooked breakfasts… mountain bike riding has never looked so glamorous! Since finding out about the newly opened Blue Derby Pods Ride in Tasmania, my partner and I vouched to make the trek one hour north of our home (Launceston) and experience the new three day trip that covers muddy trails by day and delicious dinners by night.

Blue Derby Pods Ride

Checking in to Our Pod

For the three days, two nights adventure, we were far from slumming it in the wild. Our accommodation included a luxurious “pod”, sustainably built with minimal environmental impact, nestled deep in the hills of Derby. Each pod comes with a mattress, linens and pillows… lush! There’s no heating inside the pod so be sure to pack your winter woollies and on that note, aside from a few changes of clothes for each day riding, there really isn’t much more you will need. The creators of the Derby Pods Ride have thought of everything: towels, endless food that is proudly sourced locally, a wood fire heater, board gams and even a library study nook in the main house!

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The accommodation was just fancy enough to make you feel comfortable in your surrounds without taking anything away from the natural beauty of Derby. You’ll enjoy hot showers (after a long day on the bike this is pure decadence), three meals daily, endless snacks and of course, endless trails to explore!

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The Trails

Over the three days exploring Derby you’ll be riding on adrenaline, as each trail presents different challenges and terrain. Day one begins at the top of the Atlas Trail, which predominantly descends downwards to the town, stopping at the pods for lunch and to unwind after your first day on the bike.

After each day’s first ride, the guides employ an “as much as you like or as little as you like” policy, which is a great way to split the group between serious riders who want to take on as many trails as possible in three days, and those who are here to combine an active getaway with a little relaxation.

Day two saw us make our way up Flickety Sticks trail, an uphill battle if ever there were one! After a long climb to the top it is an exhilarating downhill descent that makes the climb worth your while. From there the group split on different paths, however some strong recommendations from our ride are Krushka’s and Dam Busters.

Day three was the grand finale we had all been waiting for: a chance to ride the Blue Tiers Trails, which are located a short drive out of Derby. Riders are shuttled to the top and make their descent in anywhere between 1-4 hours time to the finishing point. This was hands down my favourite ride of the trip and I’m sure the one I’ll be racing to go back to!

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Bottom Line

The Blue Derby Trails are best enjoyed with some mountain biking experience, so be sure to do a little training before you take off!

The price through high season is $2150 per person (includes 2 nights accommodation, shuttle from your Launceston hotel, all food, all wine, guides, bikes and helmets).

Whilst in Launceston be sure to check out Cataract Gorge, the Tamar Valley wine region, and of course visit my shop, Charlie’s Dessert House!

Thanks to Tara and Steve from Blue Derby Pods Ride who invited us to experience the ride! We would highly recommend this tour for anyone looking to experience the area with dedicated guides, local produce and comfy accommodation!

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  • admin.tofiq@dbgidoon.ac.in'
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    Yashpal Singh
    May 20, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Its really amazing blog with very much helpful information, thank you so much for writing this great blog here for us.

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    Vandana Verma
    May 18, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Its really amazing blog with very much helpful information, thank you so much for writing this great blog here for us.

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    Moriss
    May 12, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    This has reminded my last bike trip from Leh to Khardung la – what a beautiful and scenic road surrounded by himalayas.. wow.

    Have you ever been to Leh (India)?

  • lumiereandlens@gmail.com'
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    Alyse
    May 9, 2017 at 11:39 am

    The pod seems like a little piece of heaven in the middle of the woods! I’d love to vacation in one eventually. I like the views of the bike trails from the top. They’re so serpentine!

  • laurenmk56@gmail.com'
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    Lauren
    May 9, 2017 at 3:10 am

    ERMAGAWD.

    Those little pod things are a dream come true. My bf literally choked on air when he saw your picture.

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    Travelen
    May 8, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Looks like a place full of adventure but also quiet! We would like to visit soon. Pictures are exceptional..!

  • misterdpu08@gmail.com'
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    Boxon
    May 8, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    A fun adventure! I love the trails..looks very beautiful. Thank you for sharing the photos of a fun place

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    Rachel M | Backcountry Petite
    May 8, 2017 at 6:18 am

    This place looks amazing! Especially that super unique accommodation! Thanks for sharing.

    -Rachel

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    Juliette | Namastay Traveling
    May 7, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Wow! Such a unique adventure! The trails looks amazing and the photographs are unlike anything I’ve ever seen!

  • ivana.kardua@gmail.com'
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    ivana split
    May 7, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    I love nature…and I would love discovering these bike trails.

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