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Rider entries as of 15 February 2018
Rider Count 153

First Name Surname Gender State LEITA Stage Race Class XCM Class
Di Gbel Female ACT Easter Mini None-Mini
Andrea McAdam Female VIC Easter Mini None-Mini
Terrence Simon Male VIC Easter Mini Masters 1
Peter Arnott Male NT Elite Men Elite
Mike Blewitt Male QLD Elite Men Elite
Philip Blum Male NT Elite Men Masters 5
James Dale Male NT Elite Men Masters 4
James Downing Male ACT Elite Men Elite
Cameron Ivory Male ACT Elite Men Elite
Brendan Johnston Male ACT Elite Men Elite
Matt King Male NT Elite Men Elite
Tom Marsh Male NT Elite Men Elite
Ben May Male QLD Elite Men Elite
Hayden Muir Male VIC Elite Men Elite
Ryan Standish Male NT Elite Men Elite
Tyla Windham Male NSW Elite Men Elite
Anna Beck Female QLD Elite Women Elite
Kate Finegan Female NT Elite Women Elite
Jessica Hoskin Female QLD Elite Women Elite
Ciara O'Sullivan Female NT Elite Women Elite
Imogen Smith Female QLD Elite Women Elite
Emma Viotto Female ACT Elite Women Elite
Carole Whitehead Female SA Elite Women Elite
Kim Willocks Female VIC Elite Women Elite
Mark Ashley Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 4
David Atkins Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3
Andrew Brennan Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 4
Brett Brogan Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3
Paul Brown Male QLD Masters 3/4 Men Masters 4
Aaron Caden Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 4
Adrian Curry Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 4
Anthony Darr Male TAS Masters 3/4 Men Masters 4
Don Gibson Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 4
John Harrison Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3
David Hartigan Male QLD Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3
Daniel Hotchkis Male NSW Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3
Craig Inkster Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3
Jason Izzard Male SA Masters 3/4 Men Masters 4
Peter King Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 4
Damien Loller Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 4
Brian Lyngaae Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3
Michael Madlener Male WA Masters 3/4 Men Masters 4
Craig Markham Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3
Shane McCullagh Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3
Matt Muller Male NSW Masters 3/4 Men Masters 4
Russell Newman Male VIC Masters 3/4 Men Masters 4
Troy Post Male ACT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 4
Andrew Price Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 4
Dave Russell Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3
Leon Schulz Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3
Daniel Tanaskovic Male VIC Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3
Christopher Tanner Male ACT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3
Dan Wilkins Male TAS Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3
Gareth Williams Male VIC Masters 3/4 Men Masters 2
Catherine Ballantyne Female NSW Masters 3/4 Women Masters 4
Sarah Bath Female VIC Masters 3/4 Women Masters 3
Dorinda Blok Female NT Masters 3/4 Women Masters 4
Jodi Brown Female QLD Masters 3/4 Women Masters 4
Kirra Dyer Female NT Masters 3/4 Women Masters 3
Michelle Elvy Female QLD Masters 3/4 Women Masters 3
Ulrike Ganske Female NT Masters 3/4 Women Masters 3
Bronwyn Hartigan Female QLD Masters 3/4 Women Masters 3
Nicola Jelinek Female NT Masters 3/4 Women Elite
Georgina Landy Female NT Masters 3/4 Women Masters 3
Kathryn Loader Female NT Masters 3/4 Women Masters 3
Renee Tanaskovic Female VIC Masters 3/4 Women Masters 3
Rachel Taylor Female NT Masters 3/4 Women Masters 3
Roy Barker Male WA Masters 5/6 Men Masters 6
Adrian Basso Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5
Peter Bennie Male ACT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5
Laurie Berryman Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 6
Stephen Brady Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5
Rob Brooks Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5
Simon Cameron Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5
David Clark Male SA Masters 5/6 Men Masters 4
John Da Costa Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5
David Danks Male VIC Masters 5/6 Men Masters 6
Mark Emery Male NSW Masters 5/6 Men Masters 6
Andrew Goldsworthy Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5
Colin Hall Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 6
Gavin Klingner Male VIC Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5
Lewis Marshall Male QLD Masters 5/6 Men Masters 6
Wayne Marshall Male QLD Masters 5/6 Men Masters 6
Andrew Mcqueen Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 10
Steve Munyard Male VIC Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5
Malcolm Neville Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5
Bruce Newton Male VIC Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5
Richard Read Male VIC Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5
Jude Scarborough Male SA Masters 5/6 Men Masters 6
Geoffrey Stieler Male QLD Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5
Peter Svara Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 4
Ian Symonds Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 6
Theo VanLuenen Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5
Phil Wilson Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5
Debbie Hall Female NT Masters 5/6 Women Masters 6
Janine Konidaris Female NT Masters 5/6 Women Masters 4
Diane Napier Female NT Masters 5/6 Women Masters 5
Jane Ollerenshaw Female VIC Masters 5/6 Women Masters 5
Lisa Page Female VIC Masters 5/6 Women Masters 5
Susan Thomas Female WA Masters 5/6 Women Masters 5
Nola Urquhart Female NSW Masters 5/6 Women Masters 5
David Brunner-Evans Male NSW Masters 7+ Men Masters 7
Geoff Curtis Male NT Masters 7+ Men Masters 7
Stuart Lloyd Male VIC Masters 7+ Men Masters 7
Robert Maxwell Male NSW Masters 7+ Men Masters 8
Colin McCrory Male WA Masters 7+ Men Masters 7
Owen Parry Male NT Masters 7+ Men Masters 7
Bede Rodeghiero Male NT Masters 7+ Men Masters 7
Corinne Fabian Female NT Masters 7+ Women Masters 7
Richard Bradbury Male NT Open Men Masters 2
Keogh Conboy Male NT Open Men Masters 2
Alain De Cnodder Male SA Open Men Masters 2
Adam Delaine Male NT Open Men Expert
Baily Devantier-Thomas Male QLD Open Men Expert
Scott Griffin Male NT Open Men Expert
Phillipos Hadjikyriacou Male NT Open Men Masters 1
Jamie Hagan Male QLD Open Men Masters 2
Oliver Izzard Male SA Open Men Junior
Sam Klippan Male NT Open Men Masters 1
Nathan Leiminger Male VIC Open Men Masters 1
Cheong Luk Male NT Open Men Masters 1
Arie Madlener Male WA Open Men Expert
David Mason Male TAS Open Men Masters 2
Russell Maxwell Male NSW Open Men Masters 2
Craig Morreski Male NSW Open Men Masters 2
Tristan Nicolas Male NSW Open Men Masters 1
Kush Patel Male QLD Open Men Expert
Richard Reeves Male WA Open Men Masters 1
David Signor Male NT Open Men Masters 2
Matthew Stephens Male NSW Open Men Expert
Ash Werner Male TAS Open Men Masters 1
David Wilkinson Male QLD Open Men Masters 1
Cam Winn Male NT Open Men Masters 2
Allegra Battiato Female QLD Open Women Masters 2
Tayla Brown Female NSW Open Women Expert
Ashley Butler Female NSW Open Women Expert
Georgia Fowler Female QLD Open Women Masters 1
Ange Hagan Female QLD Open Women Masters 1
Cath Hood Female NT Open Women Masters 1
Emma Host Female NT Open Women Masters 2
Tristyn Lowe Female NSW Open Women Masters 2
Meg Muller Female NSW Open Women Masters 2
Clare Paynter Female NT Open Women Expert
Emily Peck Female TAS Open Women Masters 2
Viviane Pretet Female NSW Open Women Masters 1
Rosemary Stewart Female NT Open Women Expert
Joyce Yeoh Female ACT Open Women Expert
Mark Brittle Male NT Single Stage Masters 4
Alan Carr Male QLD Single Stage Masters 8
Blake Marriott Male WA Single Stage Masters 4
Otto Blum Male NT Under 17 Men Junior
Owen Elvy Male QLD Under 17 Men Junior
Joshua Markham Male NT Under 17 Men Junior
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What do the riders think of Easter in the Alice?  See for yourself.  Read on!!

 

Anna Beck (Cyclinic, RLCSport), January 2018

Racing in Alice Springs is unlike any racing I have done in the world. It’s so quintessentially Australian, yet unlike anywhere else in Australia. While the terrain doesn’t lend itself the savage climbs of Europe, the Victorian high country, or even the bergs of Brisbane, there is enough climbing to test even the fittest of legs, yet achievable by all. While the single track isn’t like the steeps of Vancouver or the sweeping hero dirt of Rotorua, the iconic red dirt and sand trails are totally unique. Alice Springs is a land unto its own; it’s like a little microcosm that exists both within and outside of broader Australian culture.

Alice is a town whereby climate informs the casual-ness of your interactions; whether you’re in a movie theatre, at the pub, or classier restaurants, it’s a culture that tolerates shorts and thongs in most occasions.

While Easter in the Alice is first and foremost a bike race, it’s actually a whole lot more than that. Alice Springs is a destination every Australian mountain biker needs to go to. It’s an experience; and an opportunity to get up close and personal with a very unique part of this land.

While those at the pointy end of the race will be sweating and heaving in the red dust, taking a moment can allow some experiences that you can’t have anywhere else; cresting a red rock precipice littered with outback scrub with an eagle circling overhead; running across the Todd river (because gee whiz, we tried riding it but it’s pretty tricky!); enjoying beers under the gums at the Telegraph station looking towards the vast red-rock landscape. Experiencing the presence of the vast miles of red rock and sand, and blue sky; this is central Australia!

Easter in the Alice is a race, yes, but it’s also escape into the great unknown. For the majority of us that live in cities, work, have families and are on the fence about another bike race, then consider it so much more than that; and adventure into the vast landscape of central Australia, a chance to clear your mind, to experience something bigger and to do so in a very intimate way; by racing your bike through the terrain that is so specific to the red centre and so very special.

Brendan Johnston (Giant), National Marathon Series and LEITA winner 2017, October 2017

The course for Easter In the Alice is like nowhere else you will MTB. I don’t think your actually ever that far from the centre of town but within minutes of stage starts it can feel like your miles from anywhere soaking up the Australian outback. It’s one thing to ride in the outback but EITA allows you to ride premium well-made single track in the outback. An incredible location for an awesome club run event.

Briony Mattocks (Specialized), Runner Up 2017, September 2017

Having raced the Marathon course at Easter in the Alice last year, I am pretty excited to hear the national series is once again going back to the red centre! It was an awesome mix of a whole lot of different things designed to test your skills and abilities, like the red desert sand, the harsh rocky outcrops, the tight hand-cut single-track, the dry river crossings and the odd  challenging double track climb. The course in 2017 was designed to be super enjoyable and importantly, super achievable. It’s a hard day out if you go out and race, but it is also a fun day out if you go out and ride. The highlight is definitely the trails in and around the Telegraph Station – you find yourself taking in the landscape and enjoying the view when you should be chasing down your opponent! I can’t wait for 2018.

James Downing (Cannondale), September 2017

For me, an XCM course should test all attributes of a rider's ability. Endurance, skill, strategy and ability to put it all together on the day.

Of course, in the ideal world, you would also have an enjoyment factor thrown in so that there is also a bit of a reward for the pain and suffering that you go through for these types of races.

Often when you are putting together an XCM course you have to bolt together ordinary bits to get to the good bits. This is where the Alice Springs XCM course differs from this methodology. Every bit is there for a reason and they all come at exactly the right time during the race.

The start for instance: You don't want to be rushing into the first bit of singletrack with everyone going nuts for the chance to get the coveted holeshot just 5 minutes into the race. Alice Springs presents riders with the chance to get a good rhythm happening on a good stretch of fireroad. As a bonus, this helps to eat up some fast, early kilometres to get you kicking on.

The early singletrack along the Hell Line trail is nice and fast, which is absolutely perfect in the first 2 hours of the race. There are a few slight ups and downs, but no major hills which also lends itself to the overall speed of the course.

One thing that you will notice is that the singletrack has been made to provide the rider with a lot of stimulation. It engages you and makes you think about how you want to get through a section in order to take the most speed. You will be presented with some quality XC technical sections interspersed with some straight line awesomeness that allows you to keep it wide open as you take as much speed as you wish.

There is a thing as too much singletrack for an XCM....a few XCM races are notorious for this. The fireroad trails are good for a few reasons...you get a chance to switch off a little bit, you can eat and drink, you can allow rider dynamics to come into play, or you can put the hammer down and eat up the kilometres! Alice Springs gets this ratio spot on for an XCM. And they don't do singletrack for the sake of singletrack. It is all quality with no bits that bore you.

Don't let the shorter distance fool you. 80-90 Alice Springs km is going to leave you quite satisfied with your day on the bike. Plus, being a stage race, you don't want to burn all the matches on the first day. The organisers have got this bit absolutely dialled.

There is a reason why I have raced in Alice Springs so much over recent years....the trails. Often you will go to an XCM race, do it, and then leave thinking....thank god I don't have to ride those trails until next year! Alice Springs makes you want to book a separate trip there at another time of the year so that you can just ride your bike all day long on the superb trails. It is really that good.

Ryan Standish (Torq/Merida), runner up LEITA 2017, October 2017

I am so in love with my hometown trails, they truly are some of the best in the world.

Justin ‘Maddog’ Morris (Novo Nordisk), former pro road racer, September 2017

The XCM course at last year's Easter in the Alice I honestly found to be one of the best XCM courses I have done. An honest 'race course' where you could put the power down for the entire 75km. I like that there was not one massive climb or descent that dictated the race. The topography of the Alice is perfect for a solid 4-5 hour race. The trails there really are ace for XCM racing. I LOVED it!

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Mike Blewitt of MarathonMTB.com writes about the joys of mountain biking in Alice Springs.

https://marathonmtb.com/2017/10/27/alice-springs-mountain-biking/
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An interview with MTB legend and all 'round good guy James Downing on why he loves visiting Alice Springs and riding the Alice Springs tracks so much.
https://marathonmtb.com/2017/12/02/james-downing-loves-mountain-biking-in-alice-springs/
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Win four nights free accommodation at Lasseters Hotel!
All you need to do is share our Facebook page, tag a friend on the page and enter Lasseters Easter in the Alice before midnight October 29.
All entries received will go into the draw for the four free nights accommodation at Lasseters Hotel and be eligible for a free upgrade (subject to availability).  It's that easy!
So enter now HERE!
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Book a stay at Crowne Plaza Alice Springs for the Easter in the Alice Mountain Bike Event and save 20% off Best Available Rates. As well if you book with us before 31st December you will receive a FREE upgrade to the next available room type.

Make sure to start your day right and put you in fine form for the events by enjoying our Full Buffet Breakfast in Tali Restaurant. You can enjoy this for only $23 per person, per day when booked with your accommodation.

*Valid for stays from Wednesday 28th March — Thursday 5th April 2018. Subject to availability at time of booking.

Call us at (61) 08 8950 7770
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