Event Schedule

2018 dates:

The provisional dates for the 2018 Redback are: Thursday 23rd - Sunday 26th August 2018. The schedule below relates to the 2017 event but 2018 will follow a very similar format.

 

Event schedule

WEDNESDAY 16 AUGUST

ALL DAY

AIRPORT TRANSFER

Competitors arrive and airport shuttle operates. (Pre purchased only)

3:00pm - 6pm                         

REGISTRATION

Registration at the Mercure Alice Springs Resort (Event Centre and Event Hotel) Note – ALL competitors must register during this time.

3:30pm

SOCIAL RIDE

Come along for a social ride hosted by event ambassador James Downing. Leaving from the Mercure Alice Springs Resort.

5pm - 6pm

HAPPY HOUR

The Mercure Alice Springs Resort invite you to Happy Hour and live music!

6:00pm

RACE BRIEFING                       

Race briefing and official welcome at Mercure Alice Springs Resort.

 

DINNER

The Mercure Alice Springs Resort bar and restaurant will be open for meals and drinks during and after these presentations.


THURSDAY 17 AUGUST

9:30am      

STAGE 1                

Desert Technologies Stage 1 starts from Mercure Resort – XC racing stage.

4:30pm - 5:30pm   

STAGE 2

Stage 2 starts – up Anzac Hill in Central Alice Springs.

7:00pm

PRESENTATIONS & DINNER              

Presentations for Stage 1 and Stage 2 at The Mercure Alice Springs Resort - followed by a casual dinner open to everyone (user pays dinner)


FRIDAY 18 AUGUST

9:00am onwards

STAGE 3

Stage 3: Alice Springs Golf Club (Individual Time Trial)

6:00pm

PRESENTATIONS       

Presentations for Stage 3: Alice Springs Golf Club

6:45pm

STAGE 4

Stage 4 Night Race: Alice Springs Golf Club

from 6:30pm

DINNER

Dinner available at the Alice Springs Golf Club that's open to everyone. A range of tasty meals at reasonable prices.

8:30pm

PRESENTATIONS

Presentations for the NT Major Events Stage 4: Alice Springs Golf Club.


SATURDAY 19 AUGUST 

9:00am          

STAGE 5

Lasseters Hotel Casino Stage 5 starts from the Mercure Alice Springs Resort (XC Racing)

11:00am onwards

HENLEY ON TODD

Watch and/or join in the fun of the Henley on Todd Regatta in central Alice Springs.

6:00pm   

PRESENTATIONS      

Presentations for Stage 5 at the Lasseters Hotel Casino - Juicy Rump Bar

6:30pm

DINNER

Casual dinner at the Lasseteres Hotel Casino -  (User pays dinner)


SUNDAY 20 AUGUST 

8:00am       

STAGE 6

Mercure Alice Springs Resort Stage 6 starts – XC racing stage from the Schwartz Cres /  Todd River crossing.

from 4:30pm

HAPPY HOUR(S)

Everyone is welcome to meet up nice and early to share a drink and a few stories from the week of racing over some live music at the Mercure 's poolside bar

6pm - 7pm

PRESENTATION CEREMONY

Presentations for Stage 6 and Official Race Presentations at the Mercure Alice Springs Resort

7:00pm

RACE FINALE DINNER

Everyone is invited to join us for a huge outdoor buffet at the Mercure to celebrate the end of the race. $25 for dinner tickets


MONDAY 21 AUGUST

ALL DAY          

AIRPORT TRANSFER     

Airport shuttle bus operates from Mercure Alice Springs Resort to the airport (pre-purchased only)

 

 

Competitor Registration

All riders must register in person between 3:00pm and 6:00pm on Wednesday 16th August at the Event Centre at the Mercure Alice Springs Resort.

At registration you will receive:

  • Number plate. Fill out the emergency details on the back, then fix your personalised number plate to the front of your bike with the zip ties provided. Number plates cannot be trimmed or altered in any way, must remain on your bike for the duration of the event and have the Race Management emergency contact telephone numbers on the back
  • Air lounge for competitors who have entered all 6 stages.
  • A printed copy of the event program.

Note: You do not need a MTBA licence or day licence to compete. Optional personal accident insurance will soon be available for purchase via the event registration system or added as an additional item via email to info@rapidascent.com.au prior to the event.

Competitor Briefing

All riders are strongly encouraged to attend the competitors’ briefing at 6:00pm on Wednesday 16th August at the Mercure Alice Springs Resort where final updates and information on the event will be given to all competitors 

Event Centre - Mercure Alice Springs Resort. (Formally called the Chifley)

An Event Centre will be set up at the official event hotel - the Mercure Alice Springs Resort and will be the social hub of the week. Whether you are staying at the Mercure or not, you are most welcome to come and enjoy the resort’s facilities - pool, bar, restaurant and of course the Event Centre that will be set up all week in their beautiful grounds.

  • Alice Springs Bike Centre - the local bike shop will be set up for repairs and maintenance on bikes and retail various bike components during the event. We encourage you to support this local shop for any work required over the weekend. Mechanic work will be charged at standard shop rates.

Also available will be:

  • Printed results from each stage and general classification for the end of each day
  • Start times for each rider for time trial legs
  • Yummy lunches, evening meals and snacks all day every day. The Mercure has altered their menu to especially cater for the needs of cyclists and will have a range of healthy food options available throughout the event.
  • Event bar, swimming pool and beer garden – all part of the hotel but open to anyone involved with the event
  • A bike wash facility where you can give your ride some love’n every day.

 

Stage Presentations

Presentations will be held for each stage each evening and provide a terrific opportunity to catch up with the riders in a friendly, social environment. We encourage all riders to attend the stage presentations as we’ll be recounting a few stories from the day’s racing, and handing out plenty of spot prizes that anyone can win. We will also be awarding a prize to the stage winners in each category and will present the prestigious Yellow Leader’s Jerseys to the overall leading male and female by general classification that they will wear for the following day’s racing.

  • Desert Technologies Stage 1 and Stage 2 - Thursday 7:00pm at the Mercure Alice Springs Resort
  • Schwalbe Stage 3 - Friday 6:00pm at the Alice Springs Golf Club immediately before the start of Stage 4
  • NT Major Events Stage 4 - Friday 8:00pm at the Alice Springs Golf Club immediately after Stage 5
  • Lassters Hotel Stage 5 - Saturday 6:00pm at the Lasseter's Hotel Casino
  • Mercure Alice Springs Resort Stage 6 - Sunday from 6:00pm with the main event presentations at Mercure Alice Springs Resort.
     

 

Competitor Services

Airport Transfers- $15 pp each way


Please click the link below to view current airport Transfer bookings:-

>>THE REDBACK TRANSFERS<<

Airport transfers are provided by the Alice Wanderer and are available for $15 per person per transfer.

TO BOOK: Airport transfer bookings are best made when you enter the event via the The Redback entry system by Friday 21st July. Please ensure you complete all relevant flight details in the system; if you do not complete ALL the details, you transfer booking will not be confirmed.

If you have already entered The Redback but would still like to book transfers or if you have any queries, please email Annie via info@rapidascent.com.au or 03 52615511.


Clothing transport

As many stage start locations are different to the finish locations we will take your clothing from one to the other while you’re racing. Just drop your clothing off to us at the race info marquee at the start line and then collect it from the same marquee at the finish.

But there are some pointers to make this easy for you and for us:

  • Please label all your clothing with name and mobile number
  • Please put all your clothing in a bag with your name, race number and mobile number on it. This makes it easier to transport and easier to find again at the finish line.
  • Whilst we will try our very best, we accept no responsibility for any items that may be lost .We recommend that you do not give us any valuables.

 

Bottle deposits

All water points will have water and electrolyte available for you to fill up your water bottles and drinking system bladders, but we will also transfer your water bottles to these locations so you can have your own ‘special formula’ whilst out on the track.

Bottles for transport to each water point need to be organised as follows:

  • Bottles will need to be delivered to the event officials at the stage presentations the day before.
  • All bottles must be very clearly marked with your race number written around the top.
  • Bottles will then be placed in numerical order at the water point for quick collection.
  • Empty bottles can be collected from that stage’s presentations – ready for you to refill and then give them back to us for the next stage.

 

Alice Springs Climate Averages for August

The climate in Alice Springs for the month of August is not nearly as hot as you'd imagine and is ideally suited to mountain biking with cool mornings warming up to approximately 25 degrees in the middle of the day and then cooling off in the evenings. It is likely to feel quite cool to cold in the morning so make sure you bring a warm layer or two, but be ready to strip off as the day warms up (cycling arm and leg warmers ideal).

  • Average daily max 25 degC in the shade
  • Mean 9am temp 16 degC in the shade
  • Average night min 8.3 degC
  • Average Rainy days 3.1
  • Average Cloudy days 7.6
  • Ave sunrise 7:00 am
  • Ave Sunset 6:00 pm

Also be wary of sunburn, you will likely be outside in the sun for most of the day. There is not a lot of shade around so make sure you put sun-screen on before you head out.

 

Tourism Information

There is loads to do around Alice Springs beyond just riding bikes so why not plan to arrive a couple of days early and enjoy some of the sites, or hang around for a few days afterwards and race on down to Ayers Rock to take it all in.

Check out the Travel and Accommodation page to help plan your holiday.

 

 

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