Riding returns in the Red Centre with the Redback MTB Stage Race
Rapid Ascent are excited to open entries to the award-winning Redback MTB Stage Race that is set to return to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory on Friday 20 to Monday 23 August 2021.
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Organisers are eager to welcome people back to the Red Centre and restart racing at this iconic event after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 event.
“To bring racing back to the NT after a roller-coast year is fantastic for not only the mountain biking community, but for local tourism, a returned sense of normality and all associated industries. We are really looking forward to racing again,” said Rapid Ascent General Manager Sam Maffett.
The Redback offers participants six stages of mountain bike racing over four days, with the 14th edition of the event to include a number of changes to the program compared to previous years including new stages, new trails, longer rides and plenty of sunshine to capture riders from all over Australia.
The new opening stage offers 36 kilometres through Alice Springs’ famed single tracks in the “West Side’ area. The course includes plenty of the recently developed trails in this area and with almost ‘too much single track’, stage one sets the scene for the ultimate multi-day event.
As part of the makeover, the schedule for each stage has also been revamped for 2021 with two racing stages on day one and day three, and single stages on day two and four. The revised format provides more time for rest and relaxation (around the hotel pool) between stages while still providing plenty of variety and riding action.
First held in 2008, many riders consider The Redback a ‘dream mountain-bike holiday’ with most travelling to the Red Centre from interstate for a mid-winter escape. The comradery forged with fellow riders is unmatched.
“Mountain biking definitely brings people together. You could see it after every stage where people would be comparing stories from the day's adventures out on the trails. This carries over to the pool, dinner, the airport and all the way back home,” said 2019 Ambassador and race winner, Paul Van Der Ploeg.
Past participant Sarah says, “If you are one of those people who have heard about The Redback and thought you might have a crack at that one day… Start planning for 2021! I can highly recommend it as a fantastic challenge with an awesome crew of like-minded and very friendly competitors.”
The event is known for its easy race logistics and friendly race vibe. With all stages starting and finishing in Alice Springs, riders can book into one hotel for the duration and ride to/ from each stage without the need for rental car or support crew.
“Don’t sit around for another winter (thanks COVID!) – book your much needed MTB holiday now!” says Maffett.
For more information about The Redback 2021 please visit www.TheRedback.com.au.