MTB – the Alice Springs Scene

You may be surprised to learn that Alice Springs has a vibrant & burgeoning Mountain Bike Scene, locals have been enjoying it since the early history of Mountain Biking in Australia and today it is rapidly establishing itself as a premiere mountain biking destination in Australia.

The rolling hills around the township lend themselves to mountain biking.  Riding is characterised by low friction hard pack surfaces for fast riding, short sharp climbs and descents, and the open nature of the vegetation which provides excellent visibility of the track as it unwinds in front of you.  To cap it off there are the expansive vistas at every turn and superb winter weather.

Track building begun in the 90’s by enthusiastic and hardworking locals and then accelerated with the establishment of an active club. Once the scene was established the Northern Territory Government saw the enormous potential and has jumped on board to develop a formalised network of trails to compliment the hundreds of kilometers of preexisting trails.

Another key factor that makes the riding around Alice so rewarding is the accessibility of the trails. They literally surround the township; a short 5 minute ride from the CBD (and most accommodation houses) will have you in the bush on a sweet bit of single track heading north, east or west on a quick squirt or a several hour epic. Logistics for the visitor and local alike is simple, grab your bike and go – no vehicle support required.

Commerce has established around the mountain biking activity. There are three very good bike stores in the town and you can also hire all the gear you need from Outback Cycling (see the our post on this website). You can check out a map of the Alice Mountain Bike Trail network established by Parks and Wildlife Commission of the NT here.

There’s a very active MTB club as well; the Central Australian Rough Riders (CARR)

Representing mountain biking in Alice Springs and surrounds. Over 160 strong, CARR is affliliated with Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA).

For MTB happenings around Alice Springs go to the Alice Springs Mountain Bike Trails Facebook page.  Keep in touch with the mountain bike community and get involved in the numerous casual and social rides that go on every week as well as competitive events held by the Rough Riders Mountain Bike Club.   Only non-commercial MTB-related posts, please…

To see what riding in around the Alice looks like click here

To learn about MTB events click here

To find out more about MTB hire and tours click here