So what’s it like?
What is competing in The Redback really like if you’ve not done an event like this before…? Well I think it could be summed up in one word – ‘super-fun’.
The event is designed to be fun and achievable for riders of all abilities, the trails are a dream and the race logistics make it super-easy to be part of. Do it – it will be your dream MTB holiday!
The event attracts riders of all speeds and abilities, yes – the flyers up the front are some of the best riders in Australia, but the mid-field is made up of weekend-warriors who enjoy their riding and are not too caught up about their average speed or their overall place. Many riders come to the event for a new and unique experience in a part of Australia they have not visited before so they enjoy the riding and then enjoy a few beers with their mates afterwards.
In fact many riders come together with a group of mates or fellow members of their MTB club for a fun holiday doing what they love together. But even if you’re coming solo you’ll find that the whole scene is very friendly and you’ll soon make plenty of (lifelong) friends as you race against each other on the trails in the morning and then hang out around the pool together in the afternoon.
It is was great to be riding with other people from around Aus and having chats while racing. Sometimes you can be out there for a long time then hang out for a few KMs and really get to know someone then move on. David Atkins - 2017 Competitor
Riders can select to compete in all 6 stages across the 4 days and really get a taste for the local trails OR you can pick-and-mix the races you want to do and enjoy some sightseeing in between. The ability to do just 1 or 2 stages is ideal for riders who are just starting out or for the husbands / wives of 6-stage riders who want some time away from the bike as well because it gives you a taste of the action without having to commit to all stages.
So all in all, the race attracts all types – from elite riders chasing the podium to plenty of recreational riders who participate for the challenge and to enjoy the trails and the incredible Red Centre scenery.
So write it in your diary, round up a few mates and book yourself an incredible MTB holiday you’ll never forget.
This event for me was the ultimate adventure regardless of my lack of fitness, every stage was achievable. The event left me mesmerised that you could be only 5km out of town yet feel like you're in the middle of nowhere.It's the vibe, it's all about the vibe. Definitely want to do this again. Mick Bushell - 2017 Competitor
A must do event great trails in the best place to have a holiday in the middle of winter the competitors and event staff are friendly and helpful. Wayne Klauss - 2017 competitor
"Thank you for my incredible Redback experience! The event was superbly organized with course markings being the best I have ever encountered, never leaving me worried I was heading off the right track. I enjoy doing Rapid Ascent events; this one definitely did not disappoint and has left me pumped for more!" Jessica 2017 race competitor