If you have any questions about Blue Derby Pods Ride, you may find the answers here! If you are unable to find what you are looking for, please don't hesitate to contact us.
How often does an experience depart?
A Blue Derby Pods Ride experience departs every three days. Our experiences leave on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays.
What fitness level is required?
To maximise the enjoyment of your Blue Derby Pods Ride experience, we recommend a moderate level of bike fitness.
If you can ride between 5-10KM off road, then you can be assured your level of bike fitness will be just fine.
Please see more information on this topic in our blog here.
If you have any concerns or questions about your level of fitness please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.
What mountain biking skill level is required?
So you can enjoy your Blue Derby Pods Ride experience to the greatest extent possible, we recommend having a moderate level of skill or above in regard to riding a mountain bike off road.
If you feel your mountain biking skill level could be improved, we highly recommend joining us for our pre-experience training session in Launceston. We are confident that our experience leaders can bring most low skill level or minimal experience level riders to a point where they can comfortably enjoy the Blue Derby Pods Ride Experience. You can find out more about our mountain biking skill session here.
Please also see more information on this topic in our blog here.
I’m an experienced mountain biker, will I be challenged/able to have fun?
Yes. Our Experience Leaders are trained and skilled mountain bikers, and our experience has been developed to be able to manage a group with varying levels of skill. You will have the opportunity to fulfil any desires to ride the plethora of features and A-lines that these amazing trails have to offer.
Can I join the experience as a non-rider?
Being located within the Blue Derby Mountain Biking trails network, we're lucky to have plentiful alternative options to riding. The mountain bike trails themselves can be walked, and we have a map for best options for trail walks. We find that many guests will take time off the bike during their stay to take some time for alternative activities, ranging from trail running to laying back in our library with a book in hand. The rivers close by are also known for hiding precious stones such as stunning blue sapphires if anyone fancies fossicking. These rivers are also great for swimming.
Please see more information on this topic in our blog here.
How many guests per experience?
Blue Derby Pods Ride has been designed to intimate experience, and as such each experience has a maximum of 8 guests.
How many guides per experience?
There are two qualified experience leaders for each Blue Derby Pods Ride experience.
What type of mountain bike do I need?
You may bring your own bike, or hire a complimentary bike directly from us to complete your Blue Derby Pods Ride experience.
If you are bringing your own mountain bike, please ensure it is fewer than 10 years old, has hydraulic disc brakes, and a minimum 120mm of working front suspension, as well as a recent service history. The bike must be in good, safe working order. We'll do a bike check as a group on the first morning before we set off.
To find out more about our hire mountain bikes, please click here.
Do I need travel insurance?
We strongly encourage guests to have travel insurance in place. Please read our cancellation policy and booking terms and conditions.
What time does the experience start and finish?
Your experience starts and finishes from your accommodation in Launceston, with a pickup service at around 8:15am on the first morning, and a drop off around 4:30pm on the final afternoon. If you require vehicle or luggage storage while you spend three days with us, we can arrange to meet you at Leaning Church Vineyard, Lalla on our way to Derby (around 25 mins from Launceston).
What accommodation options are there pre and post the experience?
There are plentiful accommodation options in Launceston before and after completing your Blue Derby Pods Ride Experience.
For accommodation, we recommend the following options:
For more information about accommodation options before and after your Blue Derby Pods Ride Experience, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.
Do you have age restrictions?
We have no specific minimum and maximum age.
However, for children under 12 years of age, we may need to complete a fitness and mountain bike skills check the afternoon before the Experience departs. We will make contact with you after the booking process to discuss the details of these arrangements.
For guests over the age of 69, we do require your General Practitioner to sign a letter (provided by us) outlining the physical demands of the experience. We will make contact with you after the booking process to discuss the details of these arrangements.
What is the food like?
The food on your Blue Derby Pods Ride Experience is local, nutritious and scrumptious. To find out more about the food, please click here.
What is the accommodation like?
The accommodation on your Blue Derby Pods Ride Experience is private, unique and exclusive. To find out more about the accommodation, please click here.
What is the phone reception like at the accommodation?
If your mobile carrier is Telstra, you will have reception at our accommodation.
Is there an option to charge mobile phones of an evening?
Although our accommodation is off-grid we do have a small amount of power-points available to charge mobile phones.
Do you hire out your accommodation for self-guided groups?
We are open to having a discussion with you about using our accommodation for self-guided groups. Please contact us directly to discuss your requirements further.
Do you hire out your accommodation for corporate retreats and board meetings?
We are open to having a discussion with you about using our accommodation for corporate retreats and board meetings. Please contact us directly to discuss your requirements further.
Is the accommodation wheel chair accessible?
Yes! We worked hard in the design and build process to ensure that we can provide accessible access for our accommodation.
Do you offer a discount for group bookings?
Yes, we offer a 10% discount for group bookings of 8 people. Please contact us directly to ensure you receive this discount.
Do you offer childcare services?
We don't offer childcare services directly, however we are aligned with Mini Shredders Derby, who offer amazing childcare services in Derby. Please don't hesitate to contact Mini Shredders Derby directly or speak with us about how we can integrate childcare services as part of your Experience with us.
Can I hire an e-bike?
Yes of course! If you'd like to use an e-bike during your Blue Derby Pods Ride, please get in touch with us and we can walk you through the options, which are then available to you during the online booking process.
Can I bring my own e-bike?
Yes, of course! We regularly have guests bring their own e-bikes and this works very well. We have 240v power in our workshop to charge your bikes overnight. Please get in touch with us if you would like us to help with battery exchange for your bikes to make travel easier.
What should I be wearing for the Day One accommodation pickup?
We’ll be travelling 1.25hrs from Launceston to Derby. If comfortable, please be dressed ready to ride, however we do stop at public facilities 15 minutes prior to our first trail, where you’ll be able to change. In this case, please have gear ready to go in your Day One bag.