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DESTINATION TRAIL: TASMANIA

Welcome to the second season of Destination Trail. This year, we'll continue to follow riders as they travel the globe, hunting for its greatest trails. Some of what we'll find might be renowned, some undiscovered, but that's the point. After all, when expectations and attitudes are stripped away, only the essence of mountain biking remains. This where adventure continues to thrive, and it's here that memories are made.

DESTINATION #8

DERBY, TASMANIA

In this episode of Destination Trail, we follow Troy Brosnan to the remote island wilderness of Derby, Tasmania. Jungles, pine forests, dry, rocky river beds—this corner of the world checks all of the terrain and flora boxes, and with only a handful of cafes and pubs to keep the isolated locals occupied, an epic trail network seemed like a natural progression. Join Troy and Specialized Australia employee, Patrick Young, as they leave the stress of the professional DH circuit behind in pursuit of loose singletrack, insights into trail building, and all-around good times.

THE RIDERS

TROY BROSNAN & PATTY YOUNG

THE TRAILS

DERBY, TASMANIA

Situated in the remote northeast corner of Tasmania, Derby was first settled back in 1874 under the name, Brother's Home. In the early days, it was regarded as a small mining town with a reputation for producing a lucrative amount of tin, which inevitably lead to its population surge of 3,000 residents by the end of the Nineteenth Century. With the influx of settlers & workers, the town eventually renamed itself Derby—a nod to the residents' English lineage—and developed a short rail line to neighboring towns. Perhaps built more out of industrial necessity than convenience, the rapid progress of building and expansion foreshadowed the construction of the Cascade Dam and its containment of nearly 188 million gallons of water.

In 1929, after severe, heavy rains, the dam burst, releasing a 12-foot wave of water that flooded the town and the Briseis Mine—the mine behind the dam's construction. The 14 lives lost in the incident marked the only dam break in Australia's history to result in the loss of human life, marring the town in tragedy. In the resulting aftermath, the mines reopened, but closed in the late 1940s. And roughly half a century later, the railway followed suit. Today, the town of Derby enjoys a remote existence that's more in touch with its natural surroundings and history. It's a popular stop along the journey from Launceston to the East Coast, and it plays host to interpretive hiking trails, like the Trail of the Tin Dragon, gem hunting, and of course, a network of mountain bike trails that Troy Brosnan proclaims are "some of the best trails I've ever been on."

WORLD TRAIL

Founded to provide a sustainable path for mountain biking's future, World Trail assesses, designs, and constructs trails in over 20 countries around the world. In fact, in Australia alone, they've built every World Cup, World Championship, and Olympic trails ever used—totaling over 300 kilometers of "purpose-built" mountain bike trails. And if you needed more accolades, its founder, Glen Jacobs, is the only Australian to ever be inducted in the MTB Hall of Fame. For all of these reasons, we were ecstatic to have two of their builders, Rhys Atkinson and Ryan De La Rue, along for the ride in Tasmania.

THE GEAR

TRAIL ESSENTIALS