Blue Metal Day Tours

All tours aim to provide our riders with the guidance and support to finish the selected route.

This includes:

  • A support vehicle and riding guide
  • Lunch
  • Refill water and electrolytes
  • Gels, bars, fruit, jerky. In short: fuel for the fire!
  • Spare tubes and basic repair support
  • First Aid and Emergency Response capability
  • Guidance and encouragement when the hills get steep.

The Horror Show

This loop is an intermediate day loop suitable for grinders of medium to high fitness and skill levels. 

The high point of this ride, both metaphorically and literally, is Mt. Horror. This ominously named peak lives up to its name with a tough summit climb, but ample payoff with uninterrupted views of the North East coast and Flinders Island.

Details

Departing from Derby, your tour will begin with an easy blacktop roll before diving into an obscure back road. We will climb gradually toward Mt Horror, enjoying a progression in scenery from agricultural countryside to Wet Eucalypt forest, and then to working forest before arriving at the foot of the main climb. 

The main climb of Mt Horror is about 2 kms long and may cause you to question a few life choices as it ramps to a brutal 20-30% over the last kilometre. The payday at the summit is worthwhile, with superb views of all the region’s major peaks, wide panoramas of the North and North East coastline, Flinders Island, and teasing glimpses of the country toward Scottsdale and Derby.

After enjoying the wonderful views and a quick check of brake function we will allow gravity to be the workhorse for a screamingly fast descent to the base, before another minor climb and traverse through pine forestry. Our route follows an undulating course over some excellent quality gravel exploring the north side of Mt Horror. You will enjoy further changes in flora and soil types before hitting 10kms of bitumen through quiet agricultural scenery bringing us to the township of Winnaleah.

At Winnaleah the end is in sight and a stop at the local watering hole for a refreshing beverage is encouraged. 

From Winnaleah it is predominantly downhill to our finish destination, a couple of small climbs to remind you of your legs, and a beautiful gentle descent into the Mutual Valley to finish at our start location, the Derby Forest Cabins.

The Three Falls Flagellation

Flagellation: The action of flogging oneself, especially as a form of religious discipline or for sexual gratification.

We make no apologies for this route. If you really, really enjoy hurting on a bike, you might like it, otherwise look elsewhere. 

This loop is for the hardcore only, so much so we considered making this iteration of the route as invite only. With 160 kms of mixed quality road combined with over 3500 meters of climbing we suggest you only commit to this ride if you enjoy pain, lots and lots of pain.

Commit is the word to be used here – you will need commitment to finish it. If you do, you will be rewarded with superb views and a true backcountry century ride of epic proportions. 

We also offer this ride as a 2 day tour called The Threes.

Details

Rolling out at sunrise from the Derby Forest Cabins we cross Rattlers Ridge, pass through the township of Ringarooma, and climb to Ralph Falls where we break briefly. You will be rewarded with some of the finest views in the North East over the course of the climb, and enjoy alpine countryside with views of Mt Victoria before descending past St Columba Falls for the next break at the Pyengana Dairy.

After loading up on delicious local food, and on cold legs, we charge straight into a 500m climb past Halls Falls, including some sustained 17% grades, bringing us to the top of the Blue Tier.

We again break briefly at Poimena, the kicking off point for mountain bikers starting the Blue Tier descent, then test our technical ability on a rough descent down the backside of the Tier. This section will involve some hike-a-bike action, and it will pay to mentally prepare for a challenging half hour.

From here we would like to say it’s a fast blast back, but no! 

We have more pain for you, a character-testing 30 kms of undulating, quality gravel road. Crossing the Wyniford River we climb and descend through a mixture of Dry and Wet Eucalyptus forest passing prospectors scouring local creeks for semi-precious gems. 

We finish by a bankside exploration up the Ringarooma River and into the Mutual Valley to finally see us back at our base for a well earned beverage and relax.