If you live in Australia and ride a MTB there is a fair chance that you have heard of Derby, a small town in Tasmania that has recently reinvented itself as a Mountain Biking must ride destination.
11 of us set of from Tullamarine, Melbourne early on Friday morning, arriving in Launceston, Tasmania ready to jump in our bus and get on the road, all we needed to do was collect our luggage and bikes! Unfortunately somewhere between oversize baggage drop off and landing one of the lads bikes was "misplaced", to their credit the airline promised to deliver it when it arrived later that day and pay for a hire bike and associated equipment until it arrived.
The mini bus was full of anticipation, there was banter about bikes, beer drinking and occasionally travel sickness (the roads are a little windy!), after a quick stop in Scottsdale for a meat pie and supplies we continued up the road eventually arriving at our destination, Vertigo MTB, located smack bang in the middle of town. We were greeted by Buck and Jude, the 2 owners of the store (we had trusted these guys to organise our 3 days of riding including shuttles, our accommodation, airport transfers and some meals) and were advised we might need to change our afternoons riding plan due to possible rain the next day.
We quickly built our bikes, put them on a trailer, jumped in the shuttle bus and headed up the road toward the highly regarded Blue Tier trail. This trail is around 20 km's of pure MTB joy, and it conveniently finished at the Weldborough Hotel, our home for the next 3 nights!
Enough of the words, check out the vid put together by Nick one of the lads from the trip, it sums up the weekend in around 5 mins, bikes, beers, mates and good times (with a small shower of rain in there too!) Thanks to all that made this weekend amazing, Vertigo MTB, Weldborough Hotel, BDA Racing!