What to Bring
Tassie is a great place, with a climate of 4 seasons and often in the same day! So knowing this, when is the best time to travel to get the best out of the trails?
We've glad you've asked. As this website is not about bull*******, we'd say the best time to ride in Tassie is between November and May.
Saying this, we do get some ripper days in winter and spring, but often the trails will be wet and muddy. We do have some trails that are not that effected by wet weather (ie North South Track) but others quickly become mud baths!
Best to shoot us an email and ask us what the weather is like, if you are planning a cheap airfare / spur of the moment weekend getaway, especially over winter or spring.
Even over summer, you generally get cool nights, especially in regions you'll be riding in. Coolness also increases with altitude, but so does the fun factor!
As it doesn't get dark here until 9.30 pm over summer, you'll get in some great twilight riding in! Potentially over 12 hours of riding. 16 hours if you get up at 5 am!
In your planning, we'd say your first day's riding should be near a major city, so you notice straight away if you have forgotten something! You'll then be in easy reach of a great selection of bike shops, who will happy to give you the latest track details.
Start of the Blue Tier Descent in late April - get some!
Items to bring
Your bike, preferable a dually, 4" travel is fine!
No bike, no worries. Bike hire info is available at this link.
Helmet, gloves, Garmin type device- if you must!, riding shoes, sunnies, heart rate strap!, Camebak, Go Pro and cables, drink bottles, butt cream, favourite chain lube, toilet paper in a zip lock bag, etc
Clothes - Generally you'll need to layer your clothing and bring a wet weather shell type jacket. This can double as a cold day extra layer as well! Shorts should be fine for most summer / autumn riding. Plenty of socks!
First aid kit. You need to be able to administer first aid and have a few basic item,s as it could take a few hours to get help to you in some cases. Be prepared!
When you get here, grab a couple of 5 litre water bladders from a supermarket and your favourite mid and end ride snacks. In most cases, a shop will be far away...
If you are self catering, get your supplies at the same time. Supermarket directions from the airport at this link.
Tools & Spare Parts - Rear derailleur hanger, cable ties, race tape (small roll), power link x 2, chain breaker, multi-tool (good one), spare drink valve for Camelbak, tubes, bike pump, spare tubeless valves, toilet paper is zip bag!, etc
All too hard? No worries - Visit a Tassie bike shop and they will sort if for you.
Check out Wil Barrett's AMB article about extended day touring at this link.
Mark in his Weldborough workshop!