WHERE TO STAY?
Derby has come a long way since we first started coming here to ride and run. From a mere 40-odd beds, there are now at least three times that, thanks to the influx of MTB tourism and some entrepreneurial folks who have turned quaint cottages into stunning B&Bs, and there's even Pods in amongst the forest.
At the minimum, there's plenty of space to camp, see below, which gets you as close to the action as possible in both Derby (no bookings needed - first in best sited) and Weldborough (bookings required for this one).
Our advice for four walled accommodation options, however: BOOK EARLY. As in book now!
Accommodation options offered in Derby by B&Bs, self catering etc can be seen HERE.
There are also a wider variety and more numerous options available in nearby townships of Branxholm, Scottsdale, Weldborough. Further afield are Bridport and St Helens. But again, we suggest you get in quick!
Check all accommodation options HERE.
(FIRST IN BEST SITED)
There are two options IN TOWN.
The first is a great little riverside camping spot (it was where we had a VIP set up in the first year). This year it will be a FREE VIP Camp zone for event attendees, BYO gear, first in best dressed. This site is located behind the cafe (100metres) and nearby the public hot showers (coin operated) and toilets. It is about 600 metres from the start/finish zone.
There is also a dedicated basic free camping zone in town, right near the heart with on site public toilets and a BBQ. They are a short walk away (700 metres) from coin operated hot showers and more public toilets! Check out conditions of stay HERE (pdf).
CAMPING - Weldborough
There are also camping sites (powered and unpowered, at cost) located at Weldborough Hotel, 20 minutes' drive further east (and site of the Sunday half marathon). The site has hot showers, toilets and is located at the rear of the hotel in s stunning little spot.
Camp "anywhere" in bush camp-ground ($7.5 pp)
6x Powered sites ($10 per hookup)
Reservations required. Contact Weldborough Hotel on (03) 63 542223