Social Scene

Social functions

If you are coming along in a group, with family or as an individual - we will be sure to keep you occupied when you're not racing! Regarded as one of the most social MTB events you'll leave with new friends after a week of riding and socialising!

"My son Clancy and I met dozens of MTB riders from all over the world and are still beaming despite coming home to the cold Victorian weather. The new friendships started on the plane at Tullamarine and the conversations did not stop for 6 days." - Bruce P (volunteer)


6:00pm Wednesday 21st August - Competitor briefing & official welcome, at The Mercure.

We welcome all riders to the event for the official event briefing on Wednesday night after registration. Meet the Rapid Ascent team, hear a briefing from the medical team, chat to a few other riders and learn more on what you’ve got in store over the next 4 days in the Red Centre. The Mercure Alice Springs Resort bar and restaurant will also be open for meals and drinks during and after these presentations which makes a great way to start fuelling up for the racing ahead.


4:30pm - 6:00pm Thursday 22nd August - The ANZAC Hill Climb Stage 2.

This may be a racing stage but its also a great social hang out with everyone cheering each other on as you go full-gas up this climb. There will be a pop-up bar at the summit with beer and mineral water for sale thanks to the Central - perfect!


7:00pm Thursday 22nd August - Stage 1 and 2 Presentations, at the Mercure.

Let’s get together to recount the stories from the first day of racing and celebrate our winners.


6:00pm Friday 23rd August - Stage 3 Presentations, at the Alice Springs Golf Club.

This is a shorter presentation to recognise our stage 3 winners held immediately before the start of stage 4.


8:30pm Friday 23rd August - Stage 4 Presentations and dinner options, at the Alice Springs Golf Club.

The Alice Springs Golf Club will host dinner options from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Stage 4 presentations will also be held at 8:30pm. This is a great location for supporting friends and family to watch the start/finish of the night race. Tickets can be purchased on the night, directly from the Golf Club.


6:00pm Saturday 24th August - Stage 5 Presentations and dinner options, .

The stage 5 presentatiosn will be held outside at The Mercure, afterwhich we encourage everyone to head across to the Overlander Steakhouse for a great meal together.


6:00pm Sunday 25th August - Stage 6 and Final Event Presentation Dinner, at the Mercure.

This is a terrific opportunity to celebrate the end of a great event by gathering together for a final send off. The function will be a buffet with tables and chairs set out on the grass in the middle of the Mercure garden area and/or around the pool.


TICKETS: Competitors in The Redback can pre-purchase dinner tickets when you register online for the event. Additional tickets for family members and supporters are available at race registration on Wednesday for $30 each. You do NOT have to purchase a dinner ticket to attend the presentations.



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