Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails
The Blue Derby story so far......
The Blue Derby Mountain Bike (MTB) Project is a $3.1 million joint initiative between Dorset and Break O'Day Councils, assisted by a $2.5 million grant from the Federal Government. It involves construction of an 80 km network of trails at Derby and within the adjacent Blue Tier Forest Reserve, in the stunningly beautiful north-east corner of Tasmania.
Stage 1 of the all new 80 km network of single track MTB trails, in and around the historic town of Derby, was launched right on schedule on February 7th, 2015. Over 20 km of trails were opened then, with a further 13 km completed and opened in readiness for the Mountain Bike Australia Cross Country Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships, Dance with the Devil, held at Derby on 15th - 17th May, 2015.
Construction work continues at Derby, and will shortly commence on the iconic Blue Tier, well known to local riders for the annual Blue Dragon Challenge event.
Feedback from riders confirms the amazing work of Glen Jacobs and World Trail in designing and constructing world class single track amongst enormous granite slabs, dense tree fern forests, and breathtaking scenery. Already those who have ridden the trails are vowing to return, and those who haven't are gnashing their teeth waiting for the opportunity. Trail names like Devilwolf, Dambusters and Krushka's provide reference to the amazing history of the area, whilst others such as Flickety Sticks and Berms & Ferns invoke a hint of the fun and excitement to be found.
Features included are both constructed and natural, with an awesome set of switchbacks called Twisties (now one of the most photographed sections of trail in Australian mountain biking), together with stunning rivers and waterfalls, a memorial overlooking the town, and odd relics from the town's tin mining past. Mountain biking legend and founder of Ibis Bicycles, Scot Nicol, aka Chuck Ibis, visited, rode and enjoyed the 20 km Stage 1 section in April 2015.
Located in temperate rainforest, the Blue Derby Trails encompass some of the most stunning landscapes in Tasmania. The main trail head, located in Derby, provides easy access to cafés, parking, public toilets, showers and a brand new bike wash facility.
The Blue Derby Trails are an exciting opportunity for any mountain biker or visitor to Tasmania.
With the total project build scheduled for completion by June 2016, this part of Tasmania is set to become a ‘must do’ mountain bike destination.
See what some of our earliest visitors had to say...