Social Scene

EVENT PROGRAM: Here is the official Event Program for the 2023 Redback MTB Stage Race. This fully explains the event with confirmed schedule, course details, rules and more. All riders should read it before arriving in Alice Springs and we will give you a paper copy at registration. Read it ONLINE HERE.

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!

In fact due to its smaller size, the event has a more intimate feel and allows some great friendships to be made on and off the bike.

“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 Thursday 17 August – Competitor briefing & official welcome, at The Mercure

We welcome all riders to the event for the official event briefing on Thursday 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.

6:30pm onwards : Barra on Todd restaurant will also be open for meals and drinks immediately afterwards which makes a great way to start fueling up for the racing ahead. Bookings essential – call them on 08 8951 4545 to book.

5:00pm – 5:45pm Friday 18 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. Bring your cow bells and didgeridoos and make some noise to cheer them on!

~5:45pm Friday 18 August – Stage 1 and 2 Presentations, at the the top of ANZAC Hill

We will award the prizes and results for stage 1 and 2 immediately after the conclusion of the Hill Climb on ANZAC Hill while we are all still together.

6:00pm Saturday 19 August – Stage 3 Presentations and Dinner at Juicy Rump -Lasseters

The stage 3 presentations will be held as part of a mid-event dinner conducted at Juicy Rump Lasseters.

6:15pm Sunday 20 August – Stage 4 Presentations, at Alice Springs Golf Club

This is a shorter presentation to recognise our stage 4 winners held immediately before the start of stage 5.

6:00pm Monday 21 August – Stage 6 and Final Event Presentation Dinner, at Mercure Alice Springs

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 outside.

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 $45 each. You do NOT have to purchase a dinner ticket to attend the presentations.