• 2018 Tassie Smiddy Challenge

Clean those chains, check your spokes and double check you've got the chamois cream, because Smiddy is heading to Tasmania!

We'll be smashing a 653km course down the incredible east coast of Tassie. Not only will we be riding through this incredible terrain, we'll be forming life-long friendships, helping each other throughout the ride and experiencing the indescribable camaraderie of the Smiddy Peloton.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll swear at yourself for agreeing to do this.

But then the day's ride will be over and you'll see massive grins all over the place.

Day 1 – Launceston to Bridport – 125 kms 

The ride starts in the beautiful and historic city of Launceston located within the world famous Tamar Valley.  Our ride will initially head north along the western side of the Tamar River by many wineries and and farmlets the valley is well renown for.  After crossing the river we continue north to historic George Town near the head of the river before turning eastwards to Bridport – but not before we make a stop in at some of the local wineries.  Bridport is home to one of Australia’s most renown gold courses, Barnbougle Dunes situated on the north coast of the Island and overlooking Bass Straight.  You will have time for a round or maybe a stroll along the beach at the end of the day.  

Day 2 – Bridport to St Helens (via Bay of Fires) – 162 kms

Our longest day but also sure to be one of the most spectacular.  Initially we continue east taking in the local farms and vineyards the area is well known for.  We will skirt along Tasmania’s Central highlands and enjoy some challenging climbs and breath taking descents through beautiful forest reserves before we reach St Helens at the bottom of the Bay of Fires.  St Helens is our final destination for the day but first we will experience first-hand the beauty that is the Bay of Fires before returning to St Helens and enjoying this little hamlet set along the shores of Burns Bay.  

Day 3 – St Helens to Freycinet – 116 kms

Do we need to say any more than Freycinet?  Maybe Wineglass Bay? Or Coles Bay?  What ever way you put it this place is stunning!!  A short day down the east coast to ensure we reach our finish with plenty of time to relax and explore this amazing corner of Tasmania.  Venture into the Park, take a walk along Wineglass Bay (voted as one of the top 10 beaches in the world) or sit relax and enjoy the flora and fauna in Tasmania’s oldest National Park.

Day 4 – Freycinet to Swansea – 108 kms 

Another short day – but there is a special reason for that!!  We leave Freycinet and complete a loop around to Oyster Bay to the historic seaside town of Swansea, first settled in 1821. The area around Swansea is well renown for its farming and wineries and we will take the opportunity to visit one of these amazing locations for a special long lunch in the company of your new friends and simply enjoy the moment.  

Day 5 – Swansea to Hobart – 142 kms

We continue our journey down the east coast before heading inland through stunning country side to the historic town of Richmond and home to Australia’s oldest bridge built by convict labour and completed in 1825.  We will follow the “Convict Trail through some of Tasmaina’s & Australia’s oldest towns and villages.  There will be a couple of final challenging climbs to test the legs before we cross the famous Derwent River and make our way into Hobart to celebrate the past 5 days of riding and camaraderie.  


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