A little over 12 months ago we invited readers and friends of Cyclist to join us for a weekend of cycling in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. This year, we’ve picked a location a little further afield to spend a special extra long weekend away in the Central Highlands of Tasmania. Better yet, we want you to join us.
Photography: Marcus Enno (Beardy McBeard)
Soigneur and Cyclist Australia/NZ magazine
Location: Central Highlands, Tasmania
When: Thursday 23rd – Sunday 26th November 2017
What: Four days, four rides, three nights
Distance: 430km and 7,000m of climbing over four rides (approx)
Ranking: Hors Catégorie
Difficulty Rating: Hard
Inclusions: All except flights
We live to discover new riding locations but what makes us truly happy is being able to share these experiences with our friends (that’s you guys). Following our inaugural Soigneur x Cyclist adventure to the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, we’ve decided to push the envelope and journey beyond the mainland.
Tasmania was featured amongst the very first local Big Rides and we’ve been travelling to the island state at least once a year ever since. For our next trip, we want you to come with us. We’ve scouted the routes, selected the best accommodation, chosen the best local produce, sampled all the local drops and crafted a stellar four day, four ride and three night trip.
Here’s a sneak peak into what to expect from the upcoming print feature along with all the details around our Soigneur HC – Central Highlands trip.
Pick up a copy of Cyclist #28, on sale August 3, to get the full scoop.
Or, simply join us for the real thing – with Soigneur…
Taking on Tassie (again)
Tasmania has always held a special place in the hearts of Team Cyclist. The mountains, the whisper-quiet roads – paved and unsealed – and the cool, crisp and sometimes turbulent air. There’s something different to this untouched piece of Australia. It delivers every time we visit. We’ve tackled much of it over the years; Launceston, Cradle Mountain, Hobart and its surrounds. Many of these places will be familiar to our readers, those who have read our tales or followed in our tracks, but we’re pretty confident (read: very confident) that the Central Highlands will be unlike anything you’ve seen or ridden before.
And so, we’re proud to present this all-new Hors Catégorie trip in partnership with Soigneur. Hors Catégorie trips are designed around challenging yet highly rewarding daily routes.
We’ve put together a four-day (three-night) adventure that captures the very best of Tasmania’s remote Central Highlands and north-east. You’ll ride through a variety of environments and landscapes each day. We’ll sometimes take the gravel road, and discover secrets of this magic land. Marcus Enno (Beardy McBeard) will be in attendance, clambering and scrambling up all sorts of terrain to get the best snaps. He’ll even throw a leg over the bike and join in on the fun for a day or two. If there’s someone who possibly loves Tassie more than us, it’s Marcus.
We know you’re keen to get into the thick of the details. So, here’s a little insight into what to expect across each day. Of course, there are still a few surprises in store, but for attending guests, we’ll share all the details at the appropriate time. All you need to do is secure your spot (click the BOOK NOW button below), get yourself to Launceston, pack your bike and carry enough kit to suit the Tassie Spring – both on and off the bike. Let us care of the rest.
Four Scoop Serving
On Thursday morning you’ll arrive at Launceston airport and be picked up in a private shuttle to our departure venue. We’ll have brunch while your bikes are being built by our mechanic. We’ll kit up and ride around 100km to our first night’s accommodation, a newly renovated Antarctic Division research lodge on the Central Highlands plateau. The “driveway” to this place is simply breathtaking. You’ll check in and shower before sitting down to a well-deserved gourmet dinner washed down with craft beer or local whisky.
On Friday you’ll wake to witness the morning light over the Central Plateau and Great Lakes district. After breakfast, we’ll ride 120km to our hotel situated alongside the Tamar River. We’ll take an entirely different and primarily downhill route back towards Launceston. It’s a hoot.
Saturday’s ride, the Queen Stage, takes us to the spectacular Ben Lomond National Park to summit the iconic Jacob’s Ladder. This 160km loop racks up 3,500m of climbing and takes in the very best of the north-east. On Saturday night we’ll have a special Queen Stage dinner with all the trimmings.
On Sunday morning we’ll go for an easy ride along the Tamar river and stop in at a local cafe, followed by a late checkout and lunch. We’ll service and pack your bike, and drop you off at the airport.
Each day you’ll enjoy a continental breakfast before your ride, a catered picnic or cafe stop mid-ride, followed by freshly prepared lunches and dinners, washed down with local beer and wine, or mineral water. Our seasonal menu will highlight the region’s finest produce and your dietary requirements and preferences will be catered for.
All rides will be fully supported by two experienced guides, support vehicle, mechanic, spares fleet and “Beardy”. We’ll build and pack your bike for travel and it will be washed and serviced each day. You’ll experience pro-style treatment including remedial massage. Your only job is to just enjoy the adventure.
Three nights luxury accommodation
All meals – three continental breakfasts, four lunches, three dinners and snacks
Four supported rides
Beer and wine
On-bike nutrition including drinks, bars and gels.
Homemade treats, pastries, rice-cakes and Maker Fine Coffee
Daily bike tune and clean
Two full-time soigneurs
Photographer Marcus Enno, @BeardMcBeardy
Soigneur x Cyclist Rider Pack including cap, bidons, musette and magazines
Limited edition Soigneur HC T-shirt
Discounted rates on bike bag rentals from TraVelo
Concierge support for international guests
$2,800 per person twin-share
Limited to 14 guests