Course Description and Maps


The stages have been tweaked slightly for 2019 to include the best of the best riding Alice Springs has to offer! Plus a NEW Stage 1 Course!

Enter the full 6 stages of The Redback, or pick and chose the stages you want to do... great for riders with less experience, husbands / wives of riders who want to sample the fun but not do it all, and locals who still need to go to work on Thursday and Friday.

Quick Links to Stages



Tourism NT Stage 1:

When: Thursday 22nd August, starts at 9:00am
Distance: 35km (including escorted ride through town) - NEW for 2019!
Approx riding time: 1hr55min for winners
Terrain and riding style: A varied ride starting on roads tracks and then long continuous sections of flowing single track which will be sure to get your legs working for the days to come.
Sponsor: Toruism NT

Course Map (Stage 1) and Elevation Profile HERE on

The Redback gets under way from our official event hotel – The Mercure - with a police escort on the roads before diving into the first of Alice Springs’s famed single track in the “West Side’ area.

After some fast sections of double track to spread the crowd out, the route narrows to single track as riders climb up to "the aerials". Riders then cross the Stuart Hwy and from there are basically on a range of single tracks for  the remainder of the ride. The route is not super hilly but the riding still requires plenty of concentration and is a tiring stage. Many of the west side tracks in Stage 1 have been re-aligned and improved recently so you should have a smile on your dial by the finish at Yipirinya School

With almost ‘too much single track’ stage 1 sets the scene for a great weekend of riding to come. 

Just remember that this is the first Stage, so your body will be getting used to the riding and terrain... you may feel a little sore, but we promise you that in the following Stages your body will embrace the trails and hard yakka, and you'll be smiling from ear to ear! 

Rapid Ascent Stage 2 – Anzac Hill Climb:

When: Thursday 22nd August, staggered starts from 4:30pm 
Distance: 300m
Course record: Ben Mather 42 sec and Jodie Willet 58 sec.
Location: up the Anzac Hill scenic road in the centre of town!
Terrain and riding style: A pedal to the metal hill climb up a sealed road to a scenic look out at the top.

Stage 2 is an individual time trial hill sprint up the ANZAC Hill scenic look out in the middle of town. Its only 300m from start to finish but when its lined with spectators shouting and screaming their encouragement, and glory of a mountain top finish at the top - this is an all-out blast against the clock to see who can smash it out the fastest.

Despite being short and sharp, this is a popular and very social stage as everyone watches each other sprint up the hill. Concluding at sunset the summit provides some great views over the local area and is great for families and spectators as well. 

A pop-up bar will be in action at the summit to add to the enthusiasm and entertainment of this social stage.

Course Map and Elevation Profile HERE on


Stage 3 - Individual Time Trial:

When: Friday 23rd August, staggered starts from 9:00am
Distance: 22km
Start / finish location: Alice Springs Golf Course.
Note the Golf Course bar and café will be open to serve food and drinks before, during and after racing and is a great place to watch the event.
Terrain and riding style: An individual time trial with slowest going off first and fastest going off last (based on general classification). Riding is along a flowing mix of single track interspersed with sections of 4WD track. 

Course Map (Stage 3 & 4) and Elevation Profile HERE on

Stage 3 is another individual time trial – this time along the flowing trails in the Sunset Hill area south east of town. The 22km course follows some of the fastest sections of single track in the Red Centre with plenty of fast straight-aways and high speed corners to keep you on the rivet the whole way.

Riders are set off at 30sec intervals in reverse order according to the overall standings after stage 2 so all you have to do is hold off your followers and try and catch the rabbits in front!


Stage 4 - Night Race:

When: Friday 23rd August, starts at 6:45pm.
Distance: 22km.
Start / finish location: Alice Springs Golf Course. Note the Golf Club bar and restaurant will be open to serve food and drinks before, during and after racing and will be a great place for a beer and a meal after the race.
Terrain and riding style: A night race with all riders setting off as a mass start at night using their own lights. The course is a mix of single track interspersed with occasional sections of 4WD track.

Stage 4 is held shortly after sunset and is one of the (many) highlights from the Redback as it is conducted as a night MTB race through the outback. Starting to the pumping tunes of thunderstruck shortly after sunset, all riders set off together with your own headlights lighting the way for an incredible night race under the star filled desert night sky.

COURSE MAP: The course is the exact same as the stage 3 individual time trial raced in the morning so riders are familiar with the terrain and can be wowed by the experience of racing at night together. This is an absolute blast.



Ulitmate Ride Bicycle Centre Stage 5 - 43km cross country:

When: Saturday 24th August, stage starts at 8:30am
Distance: Approx 42.5km

Approx. riding time: 2hrs+ for the winner
Terrain and riding style: A sweet course starting out on 4WD tracks but soon becoming an almost continual trail of single track through some of the region’s best trails. It’s a fast, undulating and flowing course on a gravely and sometimes loose surface. Some rocky sections and technical riding but also some of the sweetest single track you will encounter in the country including some purpose built new trails.

Sponsor: Ultimate Ride Bicycle Centre


Course Map and Elevation Profile HERE on

Stage 5 is another longer mass start race that takes in many of the older, more classic single tracks in the Kurrajong area on the East of town. Riders will take in the most popular trails such as Helmet track, Sink, Shitter track and other Alice Springs Classics that will surely put a smile on your dial.

Finishing on the grass in the Telegraph Station beside the iconic Todd River - this is a fantastic stage for all riders.


Mercure Alice Springs Resort Stage 6 - 46km cross country:

Incorporating the Tavis Johannsen Memorial Trophy

When: Sunday 25th August, stage starts at 8:30am.
Distance: Approx 46km
Approx. riding time: 2hrs+ for the winner
Note, the overall male winner of the Mercure Alice Springs Resort Stage 6 will win the Tavis Johannsen Memorial Trophy that has been struck in his memory, and fondly donated by the MacDonnell Ranges Holiday Park and the Johannsen family.
Terrain and riding style: A varied ride with flowing sections of single track and 4WD tracks.
Sponsor: Mercure Alice Springs Resort   

Course Map & Elevation Profile HERE or on

Saving the best to last, stage 6 is commonly the race favourite as it takes in ‘the best of the best’ trails around Alice Springs to finish in a real high note.

The locals continue to turn out more and more quality single track with recent productions being simply masterful, all of which are included in this final stage to make it the jewel of the Redback crown.

So tune up your bike, fill up your water bottle and then get ready to empty the tank on some of the sweetest trails for a final race blitz of pure fun. Enjoy.

"The final stage of The Redback was held across arguably one of the most amazing courses in all of Australia. A big call, I know, but I'm making it ??." James Downing  

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