This is a 'privately'
organised tandem cycling adventure being planned for the end of February 2009.
Our plan is to ride from Launceston to Hobart - down the East Coast of Tasmania
- and we are a group of Aussie tandem enthusiasts - families
and couples. Most of us met through the NSW Big Rides. Since
Bicycle NSW is no longer running Big Rides in NSW, and we tandem types seem to
like hanging around together, the idea of organising our own tandem expedition
was floated on Sydney
Tandems Yahoo Groups.. [where Aussie tandem nuts from Sydney and beyond hang
it's all happening; fares have been booked (by most?) - and now all we need to
do is organise and finalise the details. (Like the exact route! And a luggage
trailer! And booking camp grounds? And to come up with a method of organising
group finances! And who wants to cook... etc.)
We started organising
this on the forum (link above), but in the last weeks we've resorted to emails,
and summarising decisions on this website as they are made. I suppose that afterwards
we will turn it all into a record of our trip.
The plan is to more or less
follow the route of a former Bicycle Victoria Great Escapade - but with some
distance will be around 60 -70km/day, aiming to get the riding done by early
afternoon to allow time to explore etc. Accommodation is mainly camping
(most seem to have opted for this) but pubs, B&Bs,
motels are an option - and I think we all might want to head for cover if the
weather isn't kind. Meals are to be a mix of group cooked meals and eating out.
Chris will have a camp kitchen on his 4WD, and we hope to use camp kitchens at
campgrounds where available.
Chris + David + Caitlin (tandem + tagalong)
Marc, Ali + Zoe (triple), Tracey + Cait (tandem)
Malcom + Keira
(tandem); Damon (half bike).
Plus "St Sam" - as support driver.
Caroline (tandem); Richard (half bike)
Geoff + Marian (tandem)
Liz + Dave (tandem)
Martin + Di (tandem)
Peter from Pegasus
Tandems (support vehicle)
Total riders: 20. Support drivers: 2.
Chris's Patrol, with camp kitchen (and ability to carry some tandems).
Peter's van as sweep - which can carry a tandem or two inside if needed, and
* A luggage trailer (hired)- towed by either vehicle - to carry camping gear
and personal bags.
We will need more camping gear than on the Big Rides. Eskies for one.
Food boxes. (Lights?)
pay own way to Launceston, and out of Hobart.
Group to contribute (on a per rider basis) to:
* Fuel for both support vehicles between Launceston and Hobart
* Subsidy of Peter's travel costs from Melbourne return.
* Evening meals that are shared, some lunches, shared necessities like milk,
butter... (still to be finalised, and flexible according to preferences as we
* luggage van trailer hire, divided as equitable.