Entry details announced for Trans Tasmania 2023

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The Yeti Trans Tasmania presented by Shimano has finally taken off after 3 attempts during the pandemic. Earlier this year, runners from across Australia flocked to Tasmania for the inaugural event. With Australia’s international borders still closed, it gave Aussies a nice little taste of the event before the internationals flocked in for Year 2!

REGISTRATION JUST OPEN for 2023 and we can now welcome all internationals. It is already sold at 50% but a place is waiting for you. See below for the recap of this year’s event. The dates for the events are February 12-18, 2023. You can register here: www.transtasmaniamtb.com/registration

WHAT IS TRANSTASMANIA? ?

It’s a 5-day all-inclusive enduro race where we take care of everything for you, from: airport transfers, all your hotel/airbnb accommodations, shuttles to the start every day, 3 meals a day, and supplies along the route. And don’t forget the daily beer and training with your friends on some of the best trails Tasmania has to offer. All you have to do is drive to Hobart and we’ll take care of the rest. But to be honest, it’s not really racing, it’s more like a summer cycling camp for adults.

2022 SUMMARY:


MAYDENA


The event kicked off in Maydena, just over an hour’s drive from Hobart. It’s the mecca of all things mountain biking. A quaint, sleepy little town with no hotels, restaurants or anything except what Dirt Art and Maydena Bike Park have created there for the past 4 years. Drill an endless web to discover new trails, transform an old elementary school into a beer garden, café, bike shop, retail store and more. We support every Air BnB in town and there’s no better way to start the event than Maydena, with an endless selection of trail choices that gives runners a chance to hit all types of trails possible, during the first 2 days of an event.

Thanks to Rhys Ellis from Maydena for everything he does there, all with his super cool attitude, and of course to Simon for imagining and realizing this bike park and welcoming us for the first 2 days of the event.


QUEENSTOWN


Transferring the 100 riders to Tasmania’s west coast along Tasmania’s signature windy roads (via comfortable Gravity Isle coaches), brought us to Queenstown. Tasmania’s west coast is known for its green, wet terrain and it is, except for one small community that this event was hitting. Queenstown was one of the wealthiest mining towns in the world at the time, although all that remains is the stark landscape the mine left in its wake. Acid rain during the mining years has dried the landscape of all vegetation, leaving a baronial landscape as a backdrop in the mountains above this small town. Vegetation has started to regrow over the years, but it is still sparse.

Queenstown only appeared on mountain bikers’ radar last year when a brand new network hit the scene that those eager Australians couldn’t wait to sample. But the austere landscape proved to be a very different style of riding with very loose, dry, rocky conditions and no tree canopy to hide under. But alas, the overnight rain, morning clouds and cooler temperatures certainly saved runners from having to deal with things that were too loose or hot on race day! Primordial conditions awaited them.

The highlight by far was stage 3 called natural selection, its steep and raw and loose. Megan hiked the trail for the first time the previous week on her pre-event scouting trip. She said it was a wild ride for sure, but with so much enthusiasm. There was a thought snippet on whether it was a bit too much to add as a race stage, but the very brief passing thought was put aside as it had to be done, it was too good not to! ! And alas, according to the post-event survey, it was ranked as the most favorite trail of the week and Megan quickly learned not to underestimate the abilities of these runners!

Thank you West Coast Council for creating this network and welcoming us into their community!


DERBY


How could the event not end in Derby. Derby is what put Tasmania on the map as a mountain biking destination. It doesn’t need much more introduction and it was the best way to end the last 2 days of Trans Tas. Each day started with a shuttle hump to the climax via Vertigo Mtb’s fleet of shuttle rigs where riders then pedaled up and down there around most trails in the area sampling everything, rock slabs and rock fissures, fast flowing, steep tech and janky bouldering stages with even a few scorching quad pinch climbs mixed in.

Thanks to Dorset Council for hosting us and Buck from Vertigo Mtb for the shuttles.

It was great to have 100 super excited riders, 100 new friends and the first ever Trans Tas under our belts.

Thanks to Pirate life brew for sustaining our beer habit for 5 days, the runners really enjoyed the variety and taste throughout the week!

Now it’s time to say a big shout out to a few people who haven’t been mentioned yet: Of course, Yeti Cycles, our title sponsor, and Shimano, our presenting sponsor, trusted us and jumped on board to support a first year event. Your support makes events like this possible.

Many thanks to Rob Potter who was my first point of contact and guide through all of these trails on my first Tas trip and helped me connect with all things Tasmania. He is one of the most knowledgeable and kind people who does so much for the mountain bike industry and the trails of Tas.

Many thanks to Kazoom Custom Cycling Apparel for participating as the official jersey sponsor of the event year after year. This is their 13th Trans Events with us for Trans BC, Trans NZ and now Tas! Well done Bret

And of course our hats off to the team of volunteers who were brand new, this was a first year event, who provided nothing but the highest level of motivation and help throughout the week. Surely all the runners liked you too

Last but not least: my sister-in-law Tracey who traveled to Tas to help take care of our adorable 7 month old baby during the event and of course my 2 nieces Mira and Aja who killed him at the catering station every day! I couldn’t have done it without you all

RESULTS HERE

REGISTER FOR 2023 HERE

Yeti Trans NZ Registration opens September 1
Schwalbe Trans BC Registration opens October 1 (location and dates announced, hopefully by September 1)

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