Hit the trail and experience some of the best mountain biking in the world!
Riders who compete in the Mountain Biking competition of the Alice Springs Masters Games are treated to some of the best trails in the world.
The Central Australian Rough Riders (CARR) runs mountain biking competitions throughout the year. They attract some of the best riders in the country who come to Alice Springs for the large network of over 400 kilometres of ‘single track’ trails that surround the town. Set amongst the picturesque landscape of Central Australia, these trails have to be ridden to be believed.
CARR has just hosted the ‘Easter in the Alice Mountain Bike Muster’ over the Easter long weekend, a competition which attracts over 200 riders from across the country.
CARR President Nick Barnes says that the Alice Springs Masters Games is similar to other events they organise, attracting large numbers of competitors. At the 2014 Alice Springs Masters Games, there were over 70 competitors. This year Nick will be coordinating the Masters Mountain Biking alongside Ben Gooley as they did in 2014. Having two coordinators means that they can spread the workload and both compete!
Nick was 29 years old when the last Alice Springs Masters Games commenced, so he just ‘snuck in’ and was able to compete. Not many people realise but you are allowed to compete if you reach the minimum age by the end of that particular year.
“The best part of the Mountain Biking competition is the overall atmosphere,” Nick said.
“Even though it is competitive, after races are over it’s all fun and there are no egos involved.”
Age is no barrier either with 70 year old man John Leslie competing at last year’s competition and finishing well before last place!
From all accounts, the experience of mountain biking at the Alice Springs Masters Games is one not to be missed. So get on your bike and register for this year’s competition!
Check out this video about Mountain Biking in Alice Springs for more information about the local trails and what to expect.
For more info head to the Mountain Bike page.