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The Centralian advocate Fri 19 Aug 2016



The Centralian advocate Fri 19 Aug 2016


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FRIDAY AUGUST 19 2016 SPORT 53 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA MOUNTAIN bikers from across the country and overseas have descended on Alice Springs for four huge days and six stages of epic mountain bike action in The Redback. The event began last night and continues at various locations until Sunday. It provides six stages of some of the most inspiring mountain biking Australia has to offer, racing along the jawdropping trails around Alice Springs. Given its the ninth year of this event, which was formerly known at the Ingkerreke Com Epic Redback is finetuned mercial MTB Enduro, the organisers have finetuned The Redback into a truly incredible race experience. The Redback makes full use of the kilometre after kilometre of quality trails surrounding Alice Springs. With a new Team of 2 category, the easiest race logistics of any stage race, and a significant focus on the social aspect, this is a must-do event for every mountain biker. Cannondale rider James Downing from Canberra has done the event for the past three years and will be returning in 2016 as an event ambassador, providing advice to newcomers to the event. Alice Springs absolutely rocks as a mountain bike destination, he said. With more than 300km of the most awesome single track in the country I always make it a priority to head up there when there is a race on. The racing is one thing, but the option to be able to talk about it after each day makes it really awesome. This particular race is perfect for that. You meet new people, ride the best trails going, talk crap with your mates, swim in the pool and eat good food what more could you want. The six stages of The Red back are quite diverse, giving riders a really good cross section of terrain, riding style and landscape. The stages include cross country, a hill climb, individual time trial and a mind-blowing night race. All races start and finish within rolling distance of Alice Springs. Riders can choose to race just one stage, a few stages, or race them all. There are nightly presentations and social functions to create a great atmosphere, especially as most riders choose to stay at either Chifley Alice Springs Resort the official event centre or nearby Lasseters. Both are offering discounted rates for The Redback competitors. Redback competitors have been invited to participate in the exclusive Tour de Todd race as part of the Henley-onTodde Regatta. This event involves teams of two racing in the Hamster Wheel as a relay from one end to the other. A special category has been created just for riders, who can enter or just watch the action after they complete Stage 5 on Saturday. The event organisers at Rapid Ascent are also looking at entering a few crews of rid ers to challenge the locals. Race director John Jacoby from Rapid Ascent said The Redback was more than just a mountain bike stage race. This event is all about riding some great single track, meeting other mountain bikers from across Australia and exploring one of the most iconic destinations in Australia, he said. For more details on The Redback 2016 go to www.theredback.com.au A 22km individual time trial is on this morning and the 22km night race this evening, both starting from the Alice Springs Golf Course. MOUNTAIN BIKES THERE will be 24 swimmers from the Alice Springs Swimming Club competing in the 2016 NT Short Course Championships this weekend. They are being held at the Alice Springs Aquatic Centre. All the swimmers have trained hard and are hoping to be rewarded with plenty of personal best times and great results. Junior swimmers Sophie Reid 10, Imani OBrien 11, Angus Reid 11 and Umika OBrien 12, will be using the experience gained from last years championships to consolidate their training into personal best times. Some swimmers will have an opportunity to compete in their first major championships. Lila Reid, Cadence Malar Juniors out to make big splash at NT champs Lila Reid, Paddy van der Geest-Hester and Sophie Reid are members of the Alice Springs team out to improve their times in the NT Short Course Championship this weekend. Picture: REX NICHOLSON key, Monique George, Bradley Krikke, Paddy van der GeestHester,, Amy Stockwell, Jack van der Geest-Hester, Toril Munn and Jordi Krikke will put their skills into practice, looking for improvement while enjoying the experience. Senior swimmers Darcey Kyreakou, Charlie Newton, McKealy Tiller, Jarrod Cross, Steven Taylor, Kiara Black, Seth OBrien, Thor OBrien, Kaitlyn Peters, Callum Saville and Erica Portelli are keen to build on previous performances. Competing in a large number of events, swimmers have been showing good form and are hoping to be rewarded with outstanding performances and PBs. Prior to the championships, a Junior Development Clinic, focusing on skills and technique, will be run by NT Development Officer Amy Griffith. There are also places up for grabs in the NT team which will be competing in the State Teams Age Short Course Championships to be held in Canberra in September. Coaches Iain Jones (seniors) and Penny Reid (juniors) have prepared a competitive team full of commitment and enthusiasm that should bring home a swag of medals for Alice Springs. The Alice Springs team is: Sophie Reid, Imani OBrien, Angus Reid, Umika OBrien, Lila Reid, Cadence Malarkey, Monique George, Bradley Krikke, Paddy van der GeestHester, Jordi Krikke, Callum Saville, Darcey Kyreakou, Charlie Newton, McKealy Tiller, Jarrod Cross, Steven Taylor, Kiara Black, Seth OBrien, Thor OBrien, Kaitlyn Peters, Erica Portelli, Jack van der Geest-Hester, Amy Stockwell and Toril Munn. Michelle Parker SWIMMING THERE will be more than 300 pairs of feet pounding the pavement in the Alice Springs Running Festival on Sunday. With entries for all events still open tomorrow there are expected to be a number of runners, especially for the fun run/walk 5km, signing on. As at Wednesday night there were 287 runners entered in one of the festivals four distances. This includes 73, with 20 under-18s, in the 5km run or walk. While online entries have closed, people wanting a run on Sunday morning can participate by registering at the pack collection stations (open from 10am to noon and 4pm to 6pm at the Juicy Rump) tomorrow. The entry fee for the fun run is $20 making it an ideal event for families. All participants receive a Whatever your reason, come join the festival Brad White winning a stage of Rapid Ascent Run Larapinta. Emma Kraft won a stage of the event. Pictures: RAPID ASCENT free Festival souvenir head buff and ticket to the presentation lunch at the Juicy Rump on Sunday, as well as heaps of lucky draw prizes on the day from Lasseters, Lavish and Runners World magazine. They are also invited to the Steve Moneghetti recovery session from 5.30am on Monday. There is good news on the Moneghetti front as he has started jogging after his calf injury and has indicated he will take part in the 10km event. Ill shuffle the 10km run on Sunday probably doing it in about 50 minutes, he said. This will give me a bit of time out on the course encouraging the participants. There are a variety of reasons why people are taking part and they range from serious athletes, such as Brad White and Emma Kraft who will be backing up from their successes in the Rapid Ascent Run Larapinta, to those going in the 5km run for the fun of it. Chris Hunter is coming back to defend his marathon title. He was living in Alice Springs at the time of the 2015 Running Festival but has left and has returned for this years event. Husband and wife triathlon due of Kevin and Fiona Coyle are running the marathons as part of their training for the Ironman world championship event at Kona. Kevin Coyle finished second to Hunter in 2015 and could turn the tables while Fiona would be a favourite for the womens marathon. Alice Springs Running and Walking Club president Shane Cadan is running his first half marathon after he had surgery on a long-term army injury earlier this year. Deb Page is registered for the 10km walk and would have to be the favourite for the event. There will also be a number of participants run ning for a cause. Jessica Richardson and Tenille Kirkham will also be running their first full marathon to raise awareness and funds for Still Aware. Various members of Lucy James and Adele HussonSakeys extended families will be running the full marathon in a bid to raise funds and awareness for Still Aware to honour them. Carissa James said the idea of running the event was Richardsons and it snowballed from there. Nicole Schemionek is going to run her first marathon to raise funds for her family in Germany. My childhood home in Germany was recently destroyed by a fire and my extended family, who still lived in the house, are left with nothing, she said. Entries as of Wednesday: Marathon: 45; Half: Marathon 81; 10km Run: 74; 10km Walk: 14; 5k Run/Walk: 73. Steve Menzies RUNNING FESTIVAL