I'm all here with you on this one.. I moved to Hobart, Tasmania 6 months ago and used to have the North Downs and Leith Hill nearby as my weekly playground. I was really excited, however, about the mountain biking prospects of moving to Tasmania - having a 5,000 ft mountain next to Hobart with a 22km downhill run from the top down to the city and a 'world class MTB park' in the suburbs. ...what's not to like about that?
Unfortunately, I now find I really miss the freedom, beauty and wonder of UK trails. Being able to mix it all up on a variety of routes and at different technial levels, linking them all up with a huge network of bridleways (and cheeky footpaths), and watching horses champing in the medows below Holmbury, while the sun sets over the Southdowns... That sort of stuff.
The reality of Tasmanian riding is that there are a short handful of truly world-class trails. But that is it. There's nothing to link them up and once you've ridden - all 3 of them - you can ride them all again, if you like. And the 'MTB park' turns out to be a dusty wasteground with a very badly signed, and mostly very badly washed out 'XC loop'. Frustratingly again, there's a short 1km section of this which is absolutley brilliant, but then again - it goes absolutely nowhere.
In short I guess the phrase 'you don't know what you've got till it's gone' comes to mind.
...and to think, I was actually considering moving to 'North Shore' Vancover as a future option. Don't think I will now..