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    Cycling popularity is growing even further with the need to social distance. Australians are ready to get off our couches and start shifting the ISO kilos. Tasmania spruiks that they take their riding seriously with purpose built tracks through landscapes offering sky to sea, rainforest to beach and granite to dirt with 300 kilometres of track across the island for all skill levels.

    Entire towns are dedicating their tourism to serve riders with eateries and accommodations popping up along the trails.  Below is a handful of Tassie cycling experiences.

    Huonville

    Kate Hill Wines, Cycling Wine Tours, Tasmania
    Image Courtesy: Tourism Tasmania

    Huon Bikes in Huonville offer a variety of rides including the Valley Ride which takes in historic buildings, lush countryside and lots of local producers who offer tastings or perhaps you’d prefer to pinot and pedal between the cellar doors of Home Hill and Kate Hill on the winery ride.

    Maria Island

    Those who have little or no mountain biking experience but a sense of adventure will love this fun way to explore Maria Island National Park. Tasmanian Island e-Bike Adventures will organise your own electric mountain bike to use on 30 km of trails that meander past beaches and bays, painted cliffs and convict ruins. There are no cars here and no shops either so you can keep your credit card debt down.

    Bay of Fires

    This four and half hour trail allows you to ride from the mountains to the sea starting on Blue Tier’s trailhead near Derby and ending in the Bay of Fires Conservation Area. It’s a forty two km ride through rainforest, past giant granite boulders and arriving at the white sand of Swimcart Beach. Ebikes are a wise choice for this ride and there is a shuttle service from St Helens to the trailhead.

    Hobart

    Cycling in Hobart
    Image Courtesy Tourism Tasmania

    Eudaimonia cycle tours offer tours on less travelled roads ranging from a few hours around Hobart to multi day journeys. The Hobart Weekender Tour offers the chance to explore the local markets, cafes and restaurants or for something more daring the Wild West Coast tour covers a course from Cradle Mountain to Queenstown.

    Blue Derby

    Cycling Tasmania
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    Threaded through forests of giant ferns and myrtle in north-east Tasmania, the mountain bike trails at Blue Derby cater to all levels. There is 125 kilometres of purpose-built trails where the earth sticks like glue to bike tyres, creating an unrivalled riding experience. The network is built in the endure style, with uphill and downhill sections, and is close to the former tin-mining town of Derby, about 90 minutes’ drive north-east of Launceston. This little town has a great atmosphere and caters specifically for mountain bikers with its main street lined with bike shops, bike hire, shuttle services and bike workshops, and plenty of rider-friendly accommodation and meals.

    Self guided east coast bike tour

    East Coast Tasmania, Self Guided Cycle Tour
    Image Courtesy Tourism Tasmania

    TravelManagers can organise a trip with Tasmanian Expeditions to oversee the logistics of a six-day self-guided cycle tour of the east coast. This coastal adventure begins near Bicheno and winds past fishing villages and vineyards, dairies and berry farms toward Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay. The ride ends on the car-free wildlife haven of Maria Island.

    For more inspiration or to start planning your next holiday, talk to your personal travel manager. You can find one near you here.