The Redback MTB Stage Race


Rapid Ascent regretfully advises that due to COVID-19 and recent announcements made by the NT Chief Minister regarding borders, we have been forced to cancel The 2020 Redback MTB Stage Race which was to be held on 20-23 August in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

Every endeavour was made to conduct the 2020 event and reach our 100-rider minimum, however with border restrictions preventing Victorians, Western Australians, international riders and ourselves from entering the NT, as well as the heightened risks of spreading of COVID-19 means an event in 2020 is no longer possible.

All entrants have been sent an e-mail outlining your entry options. Please contact Rapid Ascent via [email protected] if you have any questions.

We are very disappointed by this outcome but feel it is the only safe and sensible option. Thank you again for your understanding and support. Stay safe, stay active, ride the dream.

Sam, John, Annie and Adele – your Rapid Ascent team.

Join us next year!!

Thursday 20 August – Sunday 23 August 2021

The Redback is a 4 day, 6 stage MTB race on the dusty trails surrounding Alice Springs in the very heart of Australia. With an infinite trail network and blue skies that stretch to the horizon – it is the perfect mid-winter escape for single track die-hards.

What’s to love about The Redback?

  • Easy race logistics – Stay in the one hotel, no car or support crew needed
  • Conducted on the infinite single track network around Alice Springs
  • Friendly, social atmosphere – great for groups of mates + solos
  • Beautiful mid-winter riding – under clear blue skies with low 20’s temps
  • New trails & new super stages for 2020
  • Delivered with a personal touch – owned & organised by riders for riders

“Each time I talk about this event to friends it is with the biggest smile on my face, lots of great memories that will last a lifetime.” Sarah B (2019 participant)

Event Details


6 stage MTB stage race over 4 days

Race all 6 stages OR pick and choose the stages you want to do!


Thursday 20th August – Sunday 23rd August 2021


Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia (the Red Centre!)


For the MTB experience of a lifetime


2021 Entries will open in December 2020



$1,000 cash is up for grabs for your club or group of 5 or more ‘6-stage riders’. Click HERE for details

What an event! It’s so unique to race the Alice Springs trails. I couldn’t recommend it more! Paul van der Ploeg, 2019

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