Australian Mountain Bike - - Between The Tape - WORDS: MIKE BLEWITT PHO­TOS: ROBERT CONROY

Step­ping off a plane at Alice Springs air­port is like step­ping into a slower pace of life. It sounds con­trite, as you could say the same thing about ar­riv­ing in plenty of places. But after you’ve craned your neck to see out the plane win­dow at the va­ri­ety of red, orange, yel­low and even green hues be­low you when you fly in, it’s clear you are some­where very dif­fer­ent and to­tally unique. As Alice Springs doesn’t have the im­me­di­ate moun­tain­ous im­pact that some moun­tain bike des­ti­na­tions have, you’re re­moved from that sense that you have to go, get mov­ing, get on your bike, get rad and get onto so­cial me­dia about it that some des­ti­na­tions have. The land­scape in Alice Springs hasn’t changed for mil­len­nia – and it’s not about to. Ar­rive. Re­lax. Then ride. Here at AMB we’ve made the trip out to Alice Springs a num­ber of times, and al­most al­ways for one of the moun­tain bike events here. From Las­seters Easter in the Alice, through to The Red­back which is the cur­rent guise for the orig­i­nal Red Cen­tre En­duro. We are be­liev­ers that a moun­tain bike event can be one of the best rea­sons to visit a place, but the trails in Alice Springs and the in­fra­struc­ture around them are be­yond the point where you need to be part of an event to find them all! De­pend­ing what lo­cal moun­tain biker you speak to, you’ll hear a va­ri­ety of claims about how many trails are built in and around Alice Springs. Trail build­ing is some­thing of a past time and we have heard claims of 150km of trail snaking around this out­post in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, and even grand claims of 400km of sin­gle­track. Which­ever it is, there is one thing we can be cer­tain of. Alice Springs is get­ting more sin­gle­track.

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