The Ultimate MTB Family Holiday: Alice Springs

Meet the Tucknotts: Jenny, Sarah, Reece and Tony. This family have raced and ridden all over the globe, but somehow never made it to Alice before.
Tony wastes exactly no time, getting stuck Into building his bike right after checking in.
You can ride straight from your hotel to the trails in Alice, you’re never more than a few minutes’ pedal from a trailhead.
Jenny and Tony get a taste of Alice’s golden light on their first afternoon in town.
Reece tips it in as the sun dips behind the range.
Straight to the gram for this sunset.
Historic Telegraph Station is a remarkable place. Originally a lone telegraph repeater station, a thousand kilometres from the nearest town, it’s now the hub for the mountain bike trails and a lot of community activity too.
Sarah finds some flow through the Telegraph Station trails.
Kicking uo some dusty and floating around Telegraph Station.
Outback Cycling run a cafe and bike shop out of Telegraph Station, making it the perfect place for brekky after a sunrise ride.
Clarke Petrick from Outback Cycling rolls a rocky slab.
All set for a night under the stars.
Tired legs and a glass of red. Life is good.
Can almost smell the mulga burning.
Very settled in.
Up before dawn, Sarah tackles the steep scramble to the top of Mt Gillen.
The hike up is tough, but definitely worth it.
Back to camp for a bacon and egg brekky.
There are some pretty chunky and challenging trails in Alice if you want them. The new Black Slabbath is one to seek out.
Tony on the slabs.
Some late arvo singletrack .
Reece sends it into the sunset.
You really do not need a car in Alice – even some of the region’s best sights, like Simpson Gap, are all an easy ride away.
Drwarfed by the red walls of Simpsons Gap.
Al fresco dining, with local legend Bob Taylor.
Tony the Tong Commander.
The local drop.
Still time for a post-dinner pint.
The Finke River is thought to be the oldest in the world. You can explore it and the surrounding region on four wheels, on board a Can-Am.
Red Leader, this is Blue Leader, do you copy?
The Parrtjima Light Festival just happened to coincide with the Tucknott’s trip. Seeing the MacDonnell Ranges illuminated is a pretty special experience.

One final Alice Springs sunrise.
Another bright, golden day on the way.
Sarah rips towards the rising sun.
The final stop for the Tucknotts was the aerodrome, for some gliding.
The final stop for the Tucknotts was the aerodrome, for some gliding.
The stable conditions and warm earth make for perfect gliding conditions in Alice.
Believe it or not, this is old truck, with a Chevy engine mounted out back, is what launches the gliders into the air!
No engine, no worries.
The red dirt strip. You want to end up back there, ideally.

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