The Redback MTB Stage Race

COVID-19 update 19-7-21: Rapid Ascent is monitoring the various lockdowns and COVID-19 restrictions around Australia and how they may impact travel to the NT for The Redback in August. We are hopeful that restrictions will ease so everyone can attend the race, but advise that we will still proceed with the 2021 race even if some riders from some states are unable to get to / from the NT due to the COVID circumstances in their home region.
Protecting the health and safety of the NT community and our riders is our no. 1 priority, so riders who are forced to withdraw due to COVID-19 restrictions are entitled to a full refund. Read our refund policy for further details or contact us if you have any questions.

Friday 20 August – Monday 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 2021 escape for single track die-hards!

Don’t sit around for another winter (thanks COVID!) – book your much needed MTB holiday now!

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 2021
  • 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!


Friday 20th August – Monday 23rd August 2021


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


For the MTB experience of a lifetime



Secure with a COVID-Guarantee: if the event does not go ahead, or if you cannot travel to / from the NT for the race due to COVID, then you will get a full refund.



$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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