Here is some particularly exciting news, the word from Blue Derby is an all-new festival, DerbyFest! Coming this April on the weekend between the Easter and ANZAC Day holidays, Derby is set to bloom with events for mountain bikers of all ages, bringing the best of Tasmanian hospitality to Derby.
What is on?
Who will be there?
Derby will host a new mountain bike festival for the next three years, cementing the Tasmanian town’s reputation as Australia’s premium mountain biking destination. DerbyFest – Presented by Shimano, will focus on attracting mountain biking enthusiast from across Australia.
Tim Watson, General Manager of Dorset Councils says “Given the popularity of Derby with families Australia wide it has been apparent for some time that Derby should hold an annual event which can add to the experience of families and mountain bike visitors. The festival will be a celebration of all that is good about Derby”
Run by Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails and Dorset Council, the participatory festival is anticipated to become a must-do annual event for Australian and international mountain bike enthusiasts, recreational riders and beginners.
Expected to attract more than 2000 visitors in its first year, the festival supports the Tasmanian Government’s Cycle Tourism Strategy and is pivotal to regional tourism growth.
The event aims to attract mountain bikers and their families across the nation with additional camping areas for overflow accommodation. The event will see Derby’s main street closed for a weekend and transformed into a festival hub showcasing local food producers, craft beers, bands, entertainment and of course the globes best biking manufacturers and accessories. Event director Bede Clifton said “it is important that we create a unique festival experience with global biking brands, sumptuous local produce and true Tasmanian hospitality”
The family-friendly festival will have a range of activities from beginner rides, competitions and skill sessions to daily yoga, trick shows and night rides. The festival also has serious riders in mind too. Dorset Mayor Greg Howard said “for the avid Mountain bikers there will be ride sessions with a pro, bike mechanic masterclasses, suspension workshops and of course shuttles to the best trails on the planet”
The Tasmanian government and global bicycle brand Shimano have come on as major partners securing the future of the event for years to come. Clifton said, “we are extremely fortunate to get on board two wonderful partners that will bring reach and viability to DerbyFest”.
Festival tickets and reserved camping spots will be limited and event organisers strongly recommend pre-sale tickets be purchased early to avoid disappointment. Early bird pricing will be offered across weekend passes, reserved camping and add on experiences.
A full festival agenda, band line ups and MTB experiences are to be released in the coming weeks.
Mountain Biking Festival
17th – 19th April 2020
Early Bird Pricing
$30 Adult weekend pass, under 18s free, Camping $15 per night
Event information will be available at www.ridebluederby.com.au with tickets available now from here.
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