THE REDBACK MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE

ALICE SPRINGS – A.K.A THE RED CENTRE

In 2015 I saw a couple of mates posting pics on Facebook riding through these rocky outcrop trails. Alice Springs? The what… RedBack? Isn’t Alice just flat desert? So I quietly penciled it in as an event to one day experience.

2016…the dates are free in my calendar. Here we come. By we I mean also along for the trip my better half Kinga (@awolfamily) towing me around exploring the Red Centre between stages.

Here’s the quick version of the 4-day story.

Now some quick facts I learnt:

  1. Ayres Rock is a bloody long way from Alice Springs (456km by car) just fly! (I’ll do it another time)
  2. Alice Springs surrounds is not just red dirt…or flat! Rocky mountains every direction you look.
  3. Some amazing places to see within 150km of town (check the pics)
  4. There is 100’s of kilometres of the sweet, rocky, local handmade trails to ride or run. To believe it you have to experience it for yourself.

DAY 1

7AM – SUNRISEThe RedBack - Courtney Atkinson - Alice Springs9:30am STAGE 1 – 38km CROSS COUNTRY RACEThe RedBack - Courtney Atkinson - Alice Springs

3pm – SIMPSON’S GAPThe RedBack - Courtney Atkinson - Alice Springs

Simpsons Gap - Courtney Atkinson - The Redback

5:30pm – STAGE 2 – 300m ANZAC HILL CLIMB TIME TRIALThe RedBack - Courtney Atkinson - Alice Springs

DAY 2

6AM – START HIKING MOUNT GILLAN

The RedBack - Courtney Atkinson - Alice Springs

7AM – SUNRISE SUMMIT MOUNT GILLAN

The RedBack - Courtney Atkinson - Alice Springs

10AM – STAGE 3 – 22km INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL

The RedBack - Courtney Atkinson - Alice Springs

2:30pm – SWIM AT ELLERY CREEK BIG HOLE

The RedBack - Courtney Atkinson - Alice Springs

4:30pm – LOOKOUT AT SERPENTINE GORGE

The RedBack - Courtney Atkinson - Alice Springs

6:30pm – STAGE 4 – 22km NIGHT RACE XC

The RedBack - Courtney Atkinson - Alice Springs

The RedBack - Courtney Atkinson - Alice Springs

DAY 3

9am – STAGE 5 – 47km CROSS COUNTRY RACE

The Redback MTB

3PM – PALM VALLEY 4×4 EXPLORING

The RedBack - Courtney Atkinson - Alice SpringsPalm Valley - Courtney Atkinson - The Redback

9PM – DINNER ON RIVERBED – FINKE GORGE NATIONAL PARK

The RedBack - Courtney Atkinson - Alice SpringsFinke Gorge National Park - Courtney Atkinson - The Redback (1)

DAY 4 – THE FINAL

9am – STAGE 6 – 40km CROSS COUNTRY RACE

The RedBack - Courtney Atkinson - Alice Springs

Find out more about The Redback MTB race

Thanks to Rapid Ascent for having me along for the ride!

#AliceSprings 4 days of racing MTB coming up ? #theredback @fcactivetravel

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