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Only two more weeks to enter Lasseters Easter in the Alice and entries keep rolling in.

This year's event has over 170 riders and is the biggest LEITA ever.  We've worked on all aspects of the event to make it even more fun than last year.  If that's possible!!

Check out the rider entry list here.
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227 riders

First Name Surname Gender State LEITA Class MTBA XCM Class
Kate Anderson Female NT Easter Mini None-Mini
Sophie Ashley Female NT Easter Mini None-Mini
Molly Ashley Female NT Easter Mini None-Mini
Rachel Flavell Female NT Easter Mini None-Mini
Ariel Green Female NSW Easter Mini None-Mini
Gemma Green Female NSW Easter Mini None-Mini
Anthea Henderson Female NT Easter Mini None-Mini
Elena Madden Female NT Easter Mini None-Mini
Andrea Martin Female NT Easter Mini None-Mini
Sara Martin Female NT Easter Mini None-Mini
Andrea McAdam Female VIC Easter Mini None-Mini
Jennifer Rajher Female NT Easter Mini None-Mini
Mick Ackerman Male NT Easter Mini None-Mini
Flynn Batey Male NT Easter Mini None-Mini
Gary Bigg Male NT Easter Mini None-Mini
Oscar Brown  Male QLD Easter Mini None-Mini
Matthew Brownscombe Male NT Easter Mini None-Mini
Noah Brownscombe Male NT Easter Mini None-Mini
Paul Darvodelsky Male NT Easter Mini None-Mini
Seth Green Male NSW Easter Mini None-Mini
Budd Green Male NSW Easter Mini None-Mini
Todd Grierson Male NT Easter Mini None-Mini
Harry  Hayes Male NT Easter Mini None-Mini
Ethan Henderson Male NT Easter Mini None-Mini
Michael  Madlener Male WA Easter Mini None-Mini
Stephen Rabjones Male NT Easter Mini None-Mini
Robert  Rowe Male NT Easter Mini None-Mini
Terrence Simon Male VIC Easter Mini None-Mini
Robert (Bob) Taylor Male NT Easter Mini None-Mini
Peter Arnott Male NT Elite Men Elite Men
Andrew Blair Male ACT Elite Men Elite Men
Mike Blewitt Male QLD Elite Men Elite Men
James Downing Male ACT Elite Men Elite Men
Oliver Hartung Male NT Elite Men Elite Men
Matt Hubber Male NT Elite Men Elite Men
Cameron Ivory Male NSW Elite Men Elite Men
Brendan Johnston Male ACT Elite Men Elite Men
Matt King Male NT Elite Men Elite Men
Tom Marsh Male NT Elite Men Elite Men
Ben May Male QLD Elite Men Elite Men
Karl Michelin-Beard Male ACT Elite Men Elite Men
Hayden Muir Male VIC Elite Men Elite Men
Clarke Petrick Male NT Elite Men Elite Men
Andy Rogers Male SA Elite Men Elite Men
Ryan Standish Male NT Elite Men Elite Men
Tyla Windham Male NSW Elite Men Elite Men
Anna Beck Female QLD Elite Women Elite Women
Katie Chancellor Female VIC Elite Women Elite Women
Tessa  Fabry Female VIC Elite Women Elite Women
Karen Hill Female VIC Elite Women Elite Women
Jessica Hoskin Female QLD Elite Women Elite Women
Nicola Jelinek Female NT Elite Women Elite Women
Joanne Koy Female QLD Elite Women Elite Women
Ciara O'Sullivan Female NT Elite Women Elite Women
Imogen Smith Female QLD Elite Women Elite Women
Emma Viotto Female ACT Elite Women Elite Women
Carole Whitehead Female SA Elite Women Elite Women
Kim Willocks Female VIC Elite Women Elite Women
Mark Ashley Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
David Atkins Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Richard Black Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Andrew Brennan Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Brett Brogan Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Paul Brown Male QLD Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Aaron Caden Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Adrian Curry Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
James Dale Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Anthony Darr Male TAS Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Don Gibson Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
John Harrison Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
David Hartigan Male QLD Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Daniel Hotchkis  Male NSW Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Craig Inkster Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Jason Izzard Male SA Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Peter King Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Damien Loller Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Brian Lyngaae Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Craig Markham Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Shane McCullagh Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Nigel Moody Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Matt Muller Male NSW Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Russell Newman Male VIC Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Ed Parker Male TAS Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Troy Post Male ACT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Andrew Price Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Dave Russell Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Leon Schulz Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Daniel Tanaskovic Male VIC Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Christopher Tanner Male ACT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Matthew Whitehead Male NT Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Dan Wilkins Male TAS Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Gareth Williams Male VIC Masters 3/4 Men Masters 3/4 Men
Catherine Ballantyne Female NSW Masters 3/4 Women Masters 3/4 Women
Sarah Bath Female VIC Masters 3/4 Women Masters 3/4 Women
Dorinda Blok Female NT Masters 3/4 Women Masters 3/4 Women
Jodi Brown Female QLD Masters 3/4 Women Masters 3/4 Women
Kirra Dyer Female NT Masters 3/4 Women Masters 3/4 Women
Michelle Elvy Female QLD Masters 3/4 Women Masters 3/4 Women
Ulrike Ganske Female NT Masters 3/4 Women Masters 3/4 Women
Di Gbel Female ACT Masters 3/4 Women Masters 3/4 Women
Bronwyn Hartigan Female QLD Masters 3/4 Women Masters 3/4 Women
Georgina Landy Female NT Masters 3/4 Women Masters 3/4 Women
Kathryn Loader Female NT Masters 3/4 Women Masters 3/4 Women
Renee Tanaskovic Female VIC Masters 3/4 Women Masters 3/4 Women
Rachel Taylor Female NT Masters 3/4 Women Masters 3/4 Women
Matthew Aldridge Male VIC Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Roy Barker Male WA Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Adrian Basso Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Peter Bennie Male ACT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Laurie Berryman Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Philip Blum Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Stephen Brady Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Rob Brooks Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Phillip Brownscombe Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Simon Cameron Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
David Clark Male SA Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
John Da Costa Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
David Danks Male VIC Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Shaun Douglass Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Mark Emery Male NSW Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Andrew Goldsworthy Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Colin Hall Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Evan James Male SA Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Marco Kiefer Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Gavin Klingner Male VIC Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Lewis Marshall Male QLD Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Wayne Marshall Male QLD Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Andrew Mcqueen Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Steve Munyard Male VIC Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Malcolm Murray Male NSW Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Malcolm Neville Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Bruce Newton Male VIC Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Richard Read Male VIC Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Jude Scarborough Male SA Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Geoffrey Stieler Male QLD Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Peter Svara Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Ian Symonds Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Theo VanLuenen Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Phil Wilson Male NT Masters 5/6 Men Masters 5/6 Men
Debbie Hall Female NT Masters 5/6 Women Masters 5/6 Women
Janine Konidaris Female NT Masters 5/6 Women Masters 5/6 Women
Diane  Napier  Female NT Masters 5/6 Women Masters 5/6 Women
Jane Ollerenshaw Female VIC Masters 5/6 Women Masters 5/6 Women
Lisa Page Female VIC Masters 5/6 Women Masters 5/6 Women
Susan Thomas Female WA Masters 5/6 Women Masters 5/6 Women
Nola Urquhart Female NSW Masters 5/6 Women Masters 5/6 Women
David Brunner-Evans Male NSW Masters 7+ Men Masters 7+ Men
Geoff Curtis Male NT Masters 7+ Men Masters 7+ Men
Stuart Lloyd Male VIC Masters 7+ Men Masters 7+ Men
Robert Maxwell Male NSW Masters 7+ Men Masters 7+ Men
Colin McCrory Male WA Masters 7+ Men Masters 7+ Men
Owen Parry Male NT Masters 7+ Men Masters 7+ Men
Bede Rodeghiero Male NT Masters 7+ Men Masters 7+ Men
Corinne Fabian Female NT Masters 7+ Women Masters 7+ Women
Richard Bradbury Male NT Open Men Masters 1/2 Men
Keogh Conboy Male NT Open Men Masters 1/2 Men
Alain De Cnodder Male SA Open Men Masters 1/2 Men
Huet De Froberville Male QLD Open Men Expert Men
Adam Delaine Male NT Open Men Expert Men
Baily Devantier-Thomas Male QLD Open Men Expert Men
Crispin Egli Male VIC Open Men Masters 1/2 Men
Scott Griffin Male NT Open Men Expert Men
Phillipos Hadjikyriacou Male NT Open Men Masters 1/2 Men
Jamie Hagan Male QLD Open Men Masters 1/2 Men
Simon Heppell Male NT Open Men Masters 1/2 Men
Oliver Izzard Male SA Open Men Junior Men
Sam Klippan Male NT Open Men Masters 1/2 Men
Nathan Leiminger Male VIC Open Men Masters 1/2 Men
Cheong Luk Male NT Open Men Masters 1/2 Men
Arie Madlener Male WA Open Men Expert Men
David Mason Male TAS Open Men Masters 1/2 Men
Russell Maxwell Male NSW Open Men Masters 1/2 Men
David McGrory Male QLD Open Men Masters 1/2 Men
Pierre Monteux Male France Open Men Masters 1/2 Men
Craig Morreski Male NSW Open Men Masters 1/2 Men
Tristan Nicolas Male NSW Open Men Masters 1/2 Men
Liam O'Connor Male NT Open Men Masters 1/2 Men
Kush Patel Male QLD Open Men Expert Men
James Price Male NT Open Men Expert Men
Richard Reeves Male WA Open Men Masters 1/2 Men
David Signor Male NT Open Men Masters 1/2 Men
Matthew Stephens Male NSW Open Men Expert Men
Theodore Thompson Male NT Open Men Expert Men
Martin Tink Male NSW Open Men Masters 1/2 Men
Ash Werner Male TAS Open Men Masters 1/2 Men
David Wilkinson Male QLD Open Men Masters 1/2 Men
Cam Winn Male NT Open Men Masters 1/2 Men
Tayla Brown Female NSW Open Women Expert Women
Ashley Butler Female NSW Open Women Expert Women
Kate Finegan Female NT Open Women Expert Women
Georgia Fowler Female QLD Open Women Masters 1/2 Women
Debra Gent Female NT Open Women Masters 1/2 Women
Ange Hagan Female QLD Open Women Masters 1/2 Women
Cath Hood Female NT Open Women Masters 1/2 Women
Emma Host Female NT Open Women Masters 1/2 Women
Tristyn Lowe Female NSW Open Women Masters 1/2 Women
Meg Muller Female NSW Open Women Masters 1/2 Women
Clare Paynter Female NT Open Women Expert Women
Emily Peck Female TAS Open Women Masters 1/2 Women
Viviane Pretet Female NSW Open Women Masters 1/2 Women
Madi  Russell Female NT Open Women Expert Women
Rosemary Stewart Female NT Open Women Expert Women
Tarneyl Sylvester  Female NT Open Women Masters 1/2 Women
Joyce Yeoh Female ACT Open Women Expert Women
Justine Petrick Female NT Single Stage Single Stage
Mark Brittle Male NT Single Stage Single Stage
Benjamin Bruce Male NT Single Stage Single Stage
Alan Carr Male QLD Single Stage Single Stage
Antony Chenhall Male NT Single Stage Single Stage
Ronald Dante Male NT Single Stage Single Stage
Dean Hill Male QLD Single Stage Single Stage
Benjamin Kaethner Male NT Single Stage Single Stage
Blake  Marriott Male WA Single Stage Single Stage
Mark O'Cass Male NT Single Stage Single Stage
Ruben Riquelme  Male NT Single Stage Single Stage
Darren Smith Male NSW Single Stage Single Stage
Otto Blum Male NT Under 17 Men Junior Men
Samuel Brownscombe Male NT Under 17 Men Junior Men
Owen Chenhall Male NT Under 17 Men Junior Men
Owen Elvy Male QLD Under 17 Men Junior Men
Liam Flavell Male NT Under 17 Men Junior Men
Henry Hackett Male NT Under 17 Men Junior Men
Fergus Hackett Male NT Under 17 Men Junior Men
Jett Hansen Male NT Under 17 Men Junior Men
Michael Harrison Male NT Under 17 Men Junior Men
Sam Hayes Male NT Under 17 Men Junior Men
Joshua  Markham Male NT Under 17 Men Junior Men
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What do the riders think of Easter in the Alice?  See for yourself.  Read on!!

 

April 2018

Dean Hill. Thanks to all of the local committee and volunteers for their hard work and the friendly people that i was lucky enough to meet you made us all feel very welcome. Great event thanks

Richard Read. Fantastic racing and thanks so much to the club for putting on a wonderful event. This is my first visit to Alice but it definitely won’t be my last. Will probably see you next Easter!

Pete King. Beautifully organised event guys. Thanks for an awesome three days. Back next year for sure!

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 (MarathonMTB), 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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