THE annual Women on Wheels bicycle ride turns 20 this year and it’s celebrating with a new central Hobart location and choice of three routes to get locals spinning.
Riding a bicycle has given women independence, fun and exercise over the decades, but many are nervous about riding alone or on busy roads.
Bicycle Network’s Women on Wheels is for those girls and women who’d like to ride more but don’t have the confidence to go it alone just yet.
The ride starts at 10.30am on Sunday 1 March and helps to kick off Tasmanian Bike Week events.
This year, it is kicking off at the Long House at Macquarie Point from 10am with a bike check from the friendly folk at Ken Self Cycles and some bike skills tests before you hit the tarmac.
There will be three ride choices:
- Queens Domain and the Intercity Cycleway – 26km, 204 metres climbing.
- Intercity Cycleway and Glenorchy Arts and Science Precinct – 23km, 88 metres climbing.
- Family ride on the Intercity Cycleway to Valhalla Ice-Cream and back – 12km, 70 metres climbing.
The first ride will be the most challenging as it involves some hill climbing up the Queen’s Domain, the second ride will still give your legs a workout and the third is for those mums who want to ride with their children.
At the end of the ride, Banjo’s Bakery is providing lunch at the Long House.
New riders can meet others and find out about Bicycle Network’s social rides or hook up with other like-minded riders for their own casual outings.
There will also be some spot prizes for those riders who can answer the quiz questions.
Tickets are $10 for Bicycle Network members and riders aged under 16, and $15 for other riders.
If you register as a group (three or more people) there is a 10 per cent discount on entry prices.
Register and pay online at www.biketas.org.au/wow2020.
Bicycle Network has applied to the City of Hobart for a community grant to help put on the ride.
Photo credit: Robert Gavin.