The ASH Dash is Tasmania’s premier 200km+ endurance ride. This 207km ride takes in some of the most spectacular climbs and stunning scenery south of Hobart, so bring your camera and climbing legs!
DATE: Annually, on a Sunday, as close to December 1 as possible
Start: Salamanca Place – Outside Law Courts 7AM
Time Limit: 13.5 hours
Date: Sunday 1 December
Ride Time: 7:00 am – 8:30 pm
Distance: 207 kilometers with 4,249 m of climbing
Time limits: 13 hours 40 minutes (210km)
Start time: 7am promptly. Please allow time for collecting brevet and for a short briefing at 0655
Start: Outside the Supreme Court Building, Salamanca Place, Hobart
Finish: Nearby pub, Salamanca Place, Hobart
Facilities near start: Limited parking, bakery nearby and fruit market. Public toilets 270 metres away in Salamanca Square. Pubs for post-ride beers.
Entry fees: $25 for members, $40 for non-members
Online entries open: November 1, 2019
Online entries close: 11pm, November 28, 2019
It is recommended you acquaint yourself with the course before the day of the ride.
In addition to a roadworthy bike and a helmet, it is highly recommended you bring spare tubes, a basic repair kit, a couple of water bottles, some food such as energy bars or gels and sunscreen. There will be basic food and ample water at each of the checkpoints to replenish your supplies. Some cash and a mobile phone are also a very good idea. Keep an eye on the weather forecast, because over the years this ride has experienced the full gamut of Tasmanian weather. which requires an average speed a shade over 15km/h. The time limit for the ride is before sunset, so Audax Australia lighting rules do not apply.
If you are new to Audax riding, please remember it is not a race. The roads are not closed to traffic. Please take particular care on descents. Please note that volunteers on this ride have in previous years faced complaints from motorists about riders on the wrong side of the road on descents. Failure to comply with road rules will result in your immediate disqualification from this and future events.
You will be issued with a brevet card which needs to be signed at each of the controls along the route.
In the event of an emergency, call 000. If you are lost, waylaid or are unable to complete the ride for any reason please call the ride organiser (phone number will be provided at briefing). It may be possible to retrieve you and your bike, however please be aware this may take some time. If you withdraw from the ride for any reason you must call the ride organiser.
The ride will start at 7am. There will be a short rider briefing around 6.55am. Please arrive at the start by 6.45am so that you can be given your brevet card.
The controls and their opening and closing times are:
Silver Hill top ~92km 10.04am – 1.08pm
Woodbridge Saddle top ~111km 10.42am- 2.44pm
Kaoota hilltop: ~185km 2.00pm – 7.20pm.
Finish: ~210km 2.40pm – 8.40pm
It is also possible under Audax rules for additional secret controls to operate along the course. There will be some food and water provided at the Silver Hill, Woodbridge Saddle and Kaoota controls. There are shops at Huonville (38km and 73km), Port Huon (54km), Cygnet (99km and 155km). There are small general stores which may be open at Franklin, Woodbridge, Gordon and Ferntree and a pub at Longley.
Any questions about the ride, please get in touch.
Online entries open: November 1, 2019.
Online entries close: 11pm, November 28, 2019.
GPS track: available via map link.
Cuesheet: available via map link.
Please note that entry to this year’s ride is being handled online in advance. On-the-day entries will not be offered.
Lighting (Rule 259. Riding at night)
Since some of the rides may take place after dark, you will need good lights and reflective gear to comply with Tasmanian Road Rules.
According to Tasmanian Road Rules, when riding at night, or in weather conditions with reduced visibility, you must display on your bike or on yourself:
Ideally, lights should comply with the Audax Australia Safety Recommendations and you should wear reflective clothing – see the Audax Australia Safety Recommendations for details.
It is entirely your responsibility to ensure that your bike complies with the requirements.
As these are early spring rides, we can almost guarantee that the weather could be chilly, and there may be rain. Choose your clothing wisely!
You should make sure that you’re equipped with clothing for a variety of weather conditions – weather can be highly variable and change rapidly. See the Bureau of Meteorology for further details of expected weather.
Remember the old adage – “There’s no such thing as poor weather; only poor clothing choice.”
Helmet (Rule 256. Bicycle helmets)
According to Tasmanian Road Rules, you, and any passenger you are carrying, must wear an approved, correctly fitted and fastened bike helmet at all times.
Equipment (Rule 258. Equipment on a bicycle)
According to Tasmanian Road Rules, your bike must:
Tasmanian Road Rules
https://www.legislation.tas.gov.au/view/html/inforce/current/sr-2009-142#HP15@EN (PART 15 – Additional rules for bicycle riders)