Blue Derby

Destination overview

Blue Derby is arguably the benchmark to which every other riding destination in Australia is measured. With 125km of singletrack designed and constructed by World Trail, the mountain bike network saved the town, and has since attracted the EWS three times, since opening in 2016.

With massive rock features, fauna that looks straight out of the Jurassic Period, and some of the most magical dirt on earth, Blue Derby has trails to suit riders from seasoned gravity pros to families and beginners — and even a few one-of-a-kind oddities like the Derby Tunnel.

Derby on the whole, doesn’t require shuttles, but uplifts open up easy access to some of the network’s best trails.

One trail that does require a shuttle is Atlas. The 10km wilderness descent starts above the network and descends through the lushest rainforest this side of the Amazon, before connecting into Dam Busters.

Putting the Blue in Blue Derby

The Blue part of Blue Derby refers to the trails that start on the Blue Tier and descend into Weldborough. These do require a shuttle from town but are well worth the drive. The wilderness descent turns the saturation up to 11, meandering through an ancient myrtle beech forest, with seemingly every tree covered in vibrant green moss.

Derby events, eats and stays

The Dragon Trail MTB Stage Race kicks off in Derby in March, and in June, the town plays host to the Devils Cardigan gravel race, which is currently doubling as the Gravel National Champs.

Derby changes every time we visit, with new restaurants, cafes and accommodation popping up all the time. From Cuddles, the trail that was built specifically for the most recent Enduro World Cup, to Hazy Days, a green-rated airflow trail designed to complement Air Ya Garn — both of which are now running to top bottom following repairs after the landslide.

There are plenty of places to eat and drink in Derby, but most things shut down early-ish — especially on weekdays and non-peak periods.  There is an IGA Express in Branxholm, but consider stopping at the Woolies in Scottsdale for anything more than essentials.

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One response to “Blue Derby”

  1. Arguably one of the best places to ride a mountain bike in Australia, let alone the world! There’s so many options for riders here, with the sensational Blue Tier descent (either to Weldborough or Swimcart Beach near St Helens) being a personal highlight of mine. Simply a must-ride destination if ever there was one!

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