Social Scene

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 Wednesday 19th August – Competitor briefing & official welcome, at The Mercure.

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

The Mercure Alice Springs Resort bar and restaurant will also be open for meals and drinks during and after these presentations which makes a great way to start fuelling up for the racing ahead.


4:30pm – 6:00pm Thursday 20th 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. There will be a pop-up bar at the summit with beer and mineral water for sale – perfect!


6:00pm Thursday 20th 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 Friday 21 August – Stage 3 Presentations and Dinner at Mercure Alice Springs Resort

The stage 3 presentations will be held as part of a mid-event dinner conducted at the Mercure Alice Springs Resort, outside under the palm trees. Tickets can be per-purchased via the mershandise page.


6:00pm Saturday 22nd August – Stage 4 Presentations, at Lasseters.

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


8:30pm Saturday 22nd August – Stage 5 Presentations and dinner options, at Lasseters.

Lasseters is the host of the start / finish for the stage 5 night race and will host a dinner and post night ride celebrations from 8:30pm in their Juicy Rump Bar and Grill.


6:00pm Sunday 23rd August – Stage 6 and Final Event Presentation Dinner, at the Mercure.

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 out on the grass in the middle of the Mercure garden area and/or around the pool.

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 $30 each. You do NOT have to purchase a dinner ticket to attend the presentations.