Tas e-Ride: 4–8 November 2017

5-day e-bike ride from Hobart to Devonport

Update 20 September: now 5 days and revised route.

This fun-filled and challenging five day electric bike ride from Hobart to Devonport is designed to steal the show at the national 2017 Electric Vehicle Festival.

Apart from the fun, the ride is also about publicising e-bikes as a reliable mode of transport and showing that electric vehicles are about more than cars.

The 383 km route will take us up the East Coast and via Lake Leake, with overnight stops in Triabunna, Swansea, Campbell Town and Deloraine. We will enjoy iconic scenic Tasmania, maximising travel on safer roads with light traffic, for example avoiding much of the main highways.

We expect to have a group of 10 to 20 riders. If you are interested in joining us, please Register Your Interest at http://bit.ly/taseride  

Route

We will have at least one stop each day to allow time for lunch and for top-up recharging.  Hopefully we will have time to also put on a small display and meet the public. We will have two support vehicles (at least one of which is electric), which will be able to carry a limited amount of luggage.

Sat 4 Nov Hobart to Triabunna with a stop in Sorell. Includes a backroute from Sorell to Buckland via Nugent. After Buckland we are on the Tasman Highway (A3) for the rest of the day. 85 km
Sun 5 Nov Triabunna to Swansea with a stop in Little Swanport. All on the Tasman Highway. 55 km
Mon 6 Nov Swansea to Campbell Town with a stop in Lake Leake. This leg involves a significant climb (700m) to Lake Leake and rapid descend into Campbell Town 77 km
Tue 7 Nov Campbell Town to Deloraine with a stop in Cressy. This is the longest leg but avoids the Bass and Midland Highways completely and involved relatively flat back roads. 103 km
Wed 8 Nov Deloraine to Devonport with a stop in Railton. All back roads avoiding the Bass Hwy 63 km
383 km
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You can view the route  at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25398803

Accommodation

Revised details coming shortly. If you want to stay on for the EV Festival, see the accommodation page for options in Devonport.

Other rides

Riders with limited time availability are welcome to join us on the last leg (Deloraine to Devonport). We expect some riders to join us from North West Tasmania, and some riders might bring their e-bikes from Melbourne on the Spirit of Tasmania.

Register your interest

Please visit our Register Your Interest page to get more details, and keep up to date with news about the ride.

Cost

This is a voluntary non-profit activity. We anticipate charging about $100 to cover some of the incidental costs. In addition you will need to cover your accommodation costs, and to contribute to shared dinners if you wish to participate in these.

If you have any queries or would like to help with organising the ride, please contact Jack Gilding jack.gilding@backroad.com.au  (0407) 486-651.

The Tas e-Ride 2017 is organised by the Tasmanian branch of the Australian Electric Vehicle Association, supported by Bicycle Network Tasmania and sponsored by TasNetworks.

e-bike riders in Mawson Place (and Tim's Fonzarelli electric motorbike in the foreground)

e-bike riders in Mawson Place (and Tim's Fonzarelli electric motorbike in the foreground)