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TOUR REVIEW: Exploring Tassie on a gourmet cycling tour

We didn’t need to take a shower after our first fun-fern-filled ride from Legerwood to Scottsdale as the rain started belting down just as we rode into town!



It didn’t dampen (ouch) our spirits as, for the most part, our ride through the giant ferns and sky-scraping trees on the north east rail trail with the award-winning Tour de Vines was as exhilarating as it was breathtaking — breath taking both with the energy exerted and the beautiful scenery all around us.


We’re on an 8 day cycling tour of Tassie from Launceston to Hobart and I’m finally discovering why everyone is a “Tasmaniac”.


Combining exercise and gourmet food and wine is my idea of a great holiday and this trip is exactly that.



Add to this the rugged beauty of Tasmania and this ride along the east coast is the perfect way to forget all about life in lockdown.


From Scottsdale we have a solid 60km ride to St Helens via the majestic St Columbia falls. It’s a fairly challenging ride that this novice cyclist really had to push herself on but the trusty Tour de Vine’s van with our lovely driver Bernard is never far behind just in case any emergency stops are required!


The sight of the falls is definitely worth the pedalling.



Not to mention the wonderful platter at the end of the ride. Having read that Tour de France riders need around 6000 calories a day I’m eager for a piece of that action and loving the idea of guilt free eating on our tour de Tasmania!



Stay tuned for more of my ‘rider ramblings’ in the coming days as we’re off to Freycinet and Wineglass Bay - a bucket list destination for me.


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Written by: Jenny Rowland
Published: 31 January 2022

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