Course Preview: Ride The Tassy Tiger - EWS Tasmania 2019

Mar 29, 2019
by Matthew DeLorme  


Round two of the Enduro World Series sets sail southwest from Rotorua, New Zeland and makes land on another island: Derby, Tasmania. This is a magical place and a favorite among both racers and the media, it's also home of the EWS 2017 Trail of the Year.

The terrain here is widely varied, with tracks running the gamut from flowy park to giant rock slabs and big, chunder-filled rock gardens. It has a bit of everything and it's all superbly made. Last time we were here the skies opened up and it biblically rained on race day, everyone is hoping for better conditions this time around.

After a spot of flu wreaked havoc for many riders in Rotorua, including Sam Hill, it will be interesting to see who has recovered and who is still feeling the effects of the nasty bug this weekend. Martin Maes and Isabeau Courdurier head into round two with the lead, but we expect there could be some tighter times here in Tasmania. We are looking at a six-stage race with 2000m of elevation and a total distance of 44 kilometers. Take a look at the stages and all that the welcoming small town of Derby has to offer.

The Aussie crowd will certainly be looking for one of their own to fight their way onto the top step of there podium this weekend.
The Aussie crowd will certainly be looking for one of their own to fight their way onto the top step of the podium this weekend.

Welcome to Derby Tasmania. This sign sums up what the whole town is about.
Welcome to Derby. This sign sums up what the whole town is about.

Derby Tasmania is about to be on fire this weekend
Tasmania is about to be on fire this weekend

Kookaburras are certainly the king of the bush here in Derby.
Kookaburras are certainly the king of the bush here.

The Duck Billed Platypus can be viewed in Derby s Ringarooma River.
The Duck-Billed Platypus in the Ringarooma River.

A welcome BBQ was put on by the folks at Vertigo MTB. If only more big international events provided VIP hospitality to the racers...
A welcome BBQ was put on by the folks at Vertigo MTB. If only more big international events provided VIP hospitality to the racers...

The grill was going late into the night and the beer taps were flowing right along with it.
The grill was going late into the night and the beer taps were flowing right along with it.


Have you ever seen a baby wombat
Have you ever seen a baby wombat?

A full grown wombat loving the attention
A full-grown wombat loving the attention

Just a forest kangaroo at the bottom of the trail.
Just a forest kangaroo at the bottom of the trail.

Stylish and fast Cole Lucas is looking to build on his top result from last week in Rotorua.
Stylish and fast, Cole Lucas is looking to build on his top result from last week in Rotorua.

Matt Walker seeding it into the trees on the Blue Tier trail.
Matt Walker sending it into the trees on the Blue Tier trail.

The Gehrig sisters enjoy a rider on the the Blue Tier trail above Derby. Lots of riders took advantage of the local trail network away from the race venue to stretch tired legs after the flight from NZ.
The Gehrig sisters enjoy a ride above Derby. Lots of riders took advantage of the local trail network away from the race venue to stretch tired legs after the flight from NZ.

With no rain in the forecast yet it s only the stream crossings that will get your shoes wet this time around.
With no rain in the forecast (yet,) it's only the stream crossings that will get your shoes wet this time around.

Eddie Masters getting a feel for the dirt and stretching out sore muscles all at the same time.
Eddie Masters getting a feel for the dirt and stretching out sore muscles all at the same time.

Locked and loaded. The Media Squids get ready to preview the trails on one of their favorite stops of the year.
Locked and loaded. The Media Squids get ready to preview the trails on one of their favorite stops of the year.

Chris Ball does his best to get the media on the same page about the day s schedule.
Chris Ball does his best to get the media on the same page about the day's schedule.

Dave Trumpore ready to sample some grade A Tasmanian trails.
Dave Trumpore ready to sample some grade-A Tasmanian trails.

It all starts here. Twice.
It all starts here. Twice.

Louis Para tries to find the smooth line down the rock garden on the top of stage 5.
Louis Para tries to find the smooth line down the rock garden on the top of stage 5.

The infamous trout on stage 6.
The infamous trout on stage 6.

Rock slabs and boulders at the bottom of stage 6.
Rock slabs and boulders at the bottom of stage 6.

There are some big gaps. Chris Seager shows us how it s done.
There are some big gaps. Chris Seager shows us how it's done.

Milky gets his e bike style going on stage four.
Milky gets his e-bike style going on stage four.

Louis Para Rides the infamous crack.
Louis Para rides the infamous crack.

There s no cutting down trees this big and old so you have to go right down the middle.
There's no cutting down trees this big and old, so you have to go right down the middle.

Nikolas Wallner drops into the infamous crack on Stage 2.
Nikolas Wallner drops into the infamous crack on Stage 2.

Squeezing between a rock and a hard place on Stage 2.
Squeezing between a rock and a hard place.

Some amazing natural rock features greet riders on top of Stage 1.
Some amazing natural rock features greet riders on top of Stage 1.

Ric Mclaughlin working ever so hard on those EWS course previews.
Ric Mclaughlin working ever so hard on those EWS course previews.

Derby has rocks. Lots of them. Upper stage five is a rocky beast.
Derby has rocks. Lots of them. Upper Stage 5 is a rocky beast.

Dave dives in past the iconic Smoking Trout at the end of stage six.
Dave dives in past the iconic Smoking Trout at the end of Stage 6.

Round one winner Wyn Masters left a little skin behind after this crash in the rocks on stage 4.
Race day last time we were here was treacherous. Let's hope the weather holds this time around.

Greg Callaghan s hands after 7 hours on the bike in cold and wet rain.
And let's not forget what it did to the hands.

Blue Derby pods once again provided us Media Squids with a top notch spread. It was beautiful.
Blue Derby pods once again provided us Media Squids with a top-notch spread. It was beautiful.

Way too nice for Media Squids. Thank you Blue Derby Pods.
Way too nice for Media Squids, thank you.

It did look really nice until the squids got at it.
It did look really nice until the Squids got at it.

Mid day beers at the Blue Derby Pods aren t too bad.
Midday beers aren't too bad.

There are some interesting accommodations hidden in the woods below stages 2 and 5.
There are some interesting accommodations hidden in the woods below Stages 2 and 5.

If you ever ride in Derby the Blue Derby pods are the place to stay.
If you ever ride in Derby, the Blue Derby pods are the place to stay.

Post lunch naps in comfy bean bag chairs.
Post lunch naps in comfy bean bag chairs.

The full tear down of bikes from Rotorua commenced as soon as riders and mechanics arrived to their accommodations.
The full teardown of bikes from Rotorua commenced as soon as riders and mechanics arrived at their accommodations.

ALN s recovery strategy was on point with a warm soak in the outdoor bath tub and some ice on her wrist.
ALN's recovery strategy was on point with a warm soak in the outdoor bathtub and some ice on her wrist.

Cold nights as the seasons are beginning to change here means it s time to fire up the wood burning stove to keep warm.
Cold nights as the season changes mean that it's time to fire up the wood burning stove to keep warm.

Who s looking forward to round two of the Enduro World Series
Who's looking forward to round two of the Enduro World Series?



16 Comments

  • 31 0
 ALN knows how to do race preparation
  • 21 4
 I wish the covered EWS on TV as much as UCI DH
  • 8 5
 Tv? Don't you have a bicycle?
  • 8 0
 Such stunning images, I felt like I was there in a few of them. Really great work, it's like a coffee table book for free. Thanks a million and i can't wait to see more!
  • 6 0
 Dude doesn't know how rare it is to just see a platypus like that in the wild. In my 33 years on this earth I think I've seen 2 if I'm lucky. Crazy.
  • 1 0
 That was literally my thoughts when I saw the picture!
  • 3 0
 Beautiful pictures of my island home. Thank you. How fortunate to spot a platypus, too. The Ringarooma river is a magical spot! (although I think that kangaroo might be a wallaby.)
  • 4 1
 Mmm sign me up! This looks fun!
  • 3 0
 Erhum, Tassie Tiger. Got no idea who this Tassy lass is you speak of...
  • 4 0
 Wombat is cute as f
  • 1 0
 What full face helmet is the Rocky Mountain team running? They say Smith, but look like TLD.
  • 6 0
 that's because they are, smith doesn't make full face helmets, so they run a d3 with a different color scheme so they are not promoting a brand that doesn't sponsor them
  • 1 0
 Great shots as always, can't wait to get back to Derby, just the best place to ride!
  • 2 2
 Another great report from D. Trumpore ! Superbe
  • 9 2
 This one says Matthew Delorme at the top ... It's a group effort always.
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