What do you get when you combine a world-class mountain-biking experience, pod-style accommodation and lush Tasmanian wilderness?
Launched in April 2017, the Blue Derby Pods Ride is a three-day cycling experience just outside Launceston, but it’s not your average MTB trail. Nope, it comes complete with gourmet meals by chef Daniel Alps and luxe bush accommodation.
Undoubtedly the highlight of the trails, the pods are available to riders undertaking the three-day ride, and they’re a sight for sore eyes (and muscles) after a long day of riding. Perched around a central hub overlooking the picturesque Cascade River Valley, the architecturally designed pods boast views through the Tasmanian Blackwood forest and, most importantly, comfy beds.
The 80km trail network is a mix of green, blue and black trails, and they’re already playing a major role in revitalising the tin-mining town of Derby. Starting in Launceston, the network travels through the Cascade Valley and dense rainforest to Weldborough, before looping back around to Lalla.
Tours are led by guides who are trained to assist moderate-level-and-up mountain bikers.[related_articles]50375,40983[/related_articles]
If you’re from interstate or overseas and can’t transport your own bike for the ride, bike hire is included in the booking fee. It’s also recommended that you undertake a 90-minute mountain bike training session before you set off.
The three-day experience starts at $1750 per person, including transfers, accommodation, meals and beverages, equipment hire, and tour guide, and can be booked via the website. Happy riding.
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Kristen Amiet is a previous AWOL editor, bona fide travel addict, sometimes whisky drinker and full-time breakfast food enthusiast.