THE RIDING AT THE REDBACK
If you thought the outback was full of sand and corrugations... you’re wrong – this is one of Australia’s single track hot-spots with endless trails weaving through the mighty MacDonnel Ranges.
The vast majority of the riding is on a mix of red dirt and flat rock with a bit of loose, small grain gravel thrown across the top. If you’re from most parts of Australia then yes, it is pretty different to home - there’s no dark brown soils or sticky red clay, no puddles and certainly no mud. It may take a day or two to get used to the loose-ish surface but as soon as you learn to go easy on the front brake and use your weight a bit more carefully you can relax and start to crank it.
This race features a huge amount of quality singletrack. If riding flowing, fun and fast singletrack is your thing then this is the race for you!
The other misconception is that the Red Centre is dead flat – bing-bong! Whilst there are no large hills in any of the stages it is wrong to say that the trails are flat – the trails are made up of short, achievable climbs and undulating descents that will keep you at full pace from start to finish. This is a fast place to ride!
You’ll find that the trails have a great sense of flow to them as you conquer short climbs and then cruise the single track descents down the ridges and into the valleys for a ride that is full of fun.
Mix the superb trails with a great social atmosphere, snoozey afternoons and a bunch of riders from all over Australia who are simply stoked to be there and this is a dream MTB holiday.
Riding in Alice Springs
Here's a video by Flow Mountain Bike that provides a really good sense of what the trails are like around Alice Springs.
Also check out Rapid Ascent Events on Facebook for some great photo albums from the event.