Mountain biking events in the Red Centre you should checkout

Alice Springs and surrounds are home to an infinite number of mountain biking trails. Whether you’re a beginner or looking for your next tough challenge, there really is a mountain biking option for everyone. The weather is perfect for hitting the trails with friends or among other competitors from late April to early September. Enjoy a night time ride and feel the burn from that frosty desert air.


Alice Springs

The tracks around Alice Springs have it all. From hill climbs and technical sections to free flowing descents, the enticing desert trails and rocky ridges are every rider’s dream.

The Redback MTB Stage Race 

Held over four days in August, riders can choose to race all six stages or just a few. The organisers are mountain bikers themselves and have made it easy to reach the start lines. Plus, you’ll be heading back to the same accommodation each night. Don’t worry if you haven’t got someone to enter The Redback with, as the friendships made during this event are often made for life. 

Redback MTB Race

Easter in the Alice

Hosted by the Alice Springs Mountain Bike Club, the Central Australian Rough Riders (CARR), they trawl their maps of the mountain bike trails and pick out some exciting and challenging stages. They also provide a midi option for those who feel their fitness isn’t up to scratch. The locals know their way around the world-class trails and can’t wait to show them off for visitors! Racing is in the mornings, so be sure to relax and see the sights with the rest of each day.

Easter in the Alice 2

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Great Outback Escape 

This eight day journey, typically held in April or May, takes riders across some of Central Australia’s most iconic sites. Mountain bike from Alice Springs to Yulara, following the West MacDonnell Ranges before heading through Kings Canyon. Riders are fully supported and transported to and from each stage, via coach, to rest and recharge at the night’s accommodation. Be sure to pre-book some of the non-bike activities to make the most of this epic riding holiday. 

What to bring

  • The tracks (and prickles) around Alice Springs can often leave riders prone to puncture. Tubeless tyres are the best option. Otherwise, be sure to pack a few spare tubes, tyre slime and tyre patches.
  • A small first aid kit to stabilise a snakebite or a broken bone (just in case)
  • Night time rides means lights for your bike and for you
  • A handy multi-tool for the bike
  • A pack to carry two litres of water
  • Protect yourself from the sun with a good pair of sunglasses and sunscreen

You can hire mountain bikes or other gear from companies in Alice Springs, and stock up on gear at one of the bike or adventure stores. Try to bring what you can or plan ahead – Alice Springs is still remote, and you may not find the exact thing you want in stock.


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