Telegraph Station Historical Reserve
Alice Springs, NT
Sat 2 March, 2013 -
Sun 3 March, 2013
12-hour night race
Run out of the Telegraph Station, about 3km out of Alice Springs, the Firefly 12-hour is your chance to meet local riders, hear dingoes howling, escape the heat and ride some of Alice’s finest singletrack and fire trails all night long!
Held at Alice Springs’s Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, the Firefly is a rare opportunity to ride tracks that are usually not open to mountain bikers.
Ride the Firefly solo or in a team. Everyone is welcome.
Camp at the Telegraph Station and ride all night or kick back, crack open a cold one and enjoy the stars, the cooler night temperatures and the desert critters.
There’s a Kids’ Firefly Challenge for bike fanatics under 12-years-old. (Kids’ Firefly Challenge: gold coin entry, register at the Firefly start line by 5.50pm on the day. The Kids’ Firefly Challenge starts at 6pm.)
The Firefly: it’s Central Australia’s answer to those two age old questions, ‘What is there to do in Alice Springs?’ and ‘How do I ride in the desert through the summer?’
Get on board!
For more information, contact John Pyper 0448 533 566.
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Visit http://centralaustralianroughriders.asn.au for more information.
From Alice Springs, drive north out of town on the Stuart Highway (national highway 87) for 2.4km. Turn right onto Herbert Heritage Drive and continue down this road for about 1.5km. The Telegraph Station will be on your left.
Start at the bike path on the west side of the Todd River, at the intersection of Wills and South terraces. Pedal north along the bike path on the riverbank, crossing Schwarz Crescent, and continue along the fire road to the Telegraph Station, about 3km in total.
At the fork about halfway along, avoid the stairs (to your left) by turning right and descending to the riverbed. Walk or ride your bike on the sand for a few metres before rejoining the main track up on the bank.