|A bunch of berm bashing gumby's loving life at Derby|
Now that the sidling link-up between these two trails is complete - in my opinion this makes the best value for money/time no brainer shuttle drop within the entire Blue Derby network.
|Somewhere luscious on Atlas|
This mountain is bonkers steep - and such a welcome addition to the Tassie network. Of what I have touched so far, this was my favourite link up of the lot (even pre Tea-Tree weaterproofing). Crazy days on the first half of King Brown - bail across to the lower stretch of Marriotts & then scoot across Midline into Dial it Down for all its flowy goodness...heck add in The Local on the way home!? Why not.
3. Juggernaut (Hollybank)
Under rated trail! This thing is a beast - starting fierce & keeping you on your toes (for the first half at least) with the rugged randomness of its rocky obstacles & rolling flow. This trail is best shuttled - but can be riden in either direction. Nice & close to Launceston.
4. Blue Tier + Big Chook (Blue Derby)
Scenically stunning - and a more gentle yet longer wilderness ride than Atlas. There are plenty of sneaky jump lines to keep harder riders happy, and finishing off with Big Chook is an absolute whirl every-time!! Plus it finishes at a pub...yikes.
5. North-South Track (Mt Wellington)
My first real regular. I used to ride up to this lil' beaut after work from Hobart's CBD a couple of times a month in season - but I never fully appreciated its all out awesomeness until finally getting dropped at The Springs trail head with fresh legs. The first sections are dark & a bit constricted - but it soon opens up and goes on to include some pretty special sculptured features. I'd love to give this one a re-visit sometime soon.
6. Trouty (Blue Derby)
Geez. This snappy piece rips straight down from high on Krushka's - initially along some nice open line sections with a couple of optional drops, before popping out onto the large granite slab clearly visible from the centre of town. As a final treat - the lower rock garden features serve up a nerve racking technical climax as you whizz past Mr. Trout himself. My favourite black run at Derby.
7. Pandani + Eastside + Colour Blind (Maydena)
Right-side this time...with never ending berms deeeeeply spiralling you back to town. Colour Blind in particular is extremely well bedded in & compact - providing a super sticky roller coaster like experience.
8. Return to Sender (Blue Derby)
The longest of the individual runs back into town from the Black Stump shuttle - and surely the one with the most pedalling. HUGE launchers are stand out options for those game enough. A great option to mix things up a bit.
9. Trevallyn Reserve Trails (Launceston)
The best place for a longer cross-country ride near town (Kate Reed trails are also pretty good). The following route should kill a couple of hours. From Gorge Road - start up Wiggly, onto Stolen Spice & Corkscrew before reaching the other main parking area. A no brainer takes you down the one-way launch happy Sidewinder, into Matinee, Value for Money (squeeze in a sneaky lap on the black diamond mini) & grind your way up Deadman's Knob to Hoo Hoo Hut. From there - follow the easy green trail back to the secondary carpark & retrace your steps before finishing up with a bang on Postmans. Yipee!
10. Meehan Ranges MTB Park (Clarence)
Have not rode here anywhere near enough to make proper comment just yet - but I have enjoyed what I've seen! A bit more raw & un-manicured than the stuff up north - and it appears like it stays relatively dry for most of the year. Tons of area to explore & growing!!
Other Projects to Get Excited About!!
Blue Derby - 10 new trails scheduled to open Oct/Nov 2018
Wild Mersey - A new cross-country network between Latrobe, Railton & Sheffield
Bay of Fires Descent - 46km trail from the top of Blue Tier to St Helen's on the East Coast!!
St Helen's Stacked Loop Network - 60+km's cross-country + gravity
Maydena - tons of new descents scheduled to open Oct/Nov 2018 & later the 25km Wilderness Trail
North-East Rail Trail - family friendly extension planned between Scottsdale & Lilydale
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