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Mountain bikers get set for the Anaconda MTB Enduro race
Alice Springs (NT) is warming up for the Anaconda MTB Enduro race, a seven-stage mountain bike race held from Monday, 19 May to Friday, 23 May.

The Anaconda MTB Enduro (formally called the Bullrider) represents five days of some of the most awesome mountain biking in Australia along the single tracks and dusty trails of the MacDonnell Ranges in the red centre of Australia.

The race is open to professionals and amateurs, with competitors following a different course each day with all courses utilising the 4WD and single tracks in the region. One particular stage will see riders completing a time trial up to the Anzac Hill Lookout in the centre of Alice Springs with residents lining the streets to cheer the 220 participants on.

A yellow jersey will be awarded to the overall leading male and female after each day and all riders will be competing for a cash and prize pool of $20,000.

McKinnon (Melbourne) endurance athlete Deanna Blegg, who has recently signed a sponsorship deal with Anaconda, will be competing in the bike race with her partner Andy.

"We are both really looking forward to the event and believe it will be heaps of fun. Our kids are coming along too to help cheer us on," Blegg said.

"Between my personal training business and family time, I manage to get out on the mountain bike two or three times a week. I combine this with running, paddling and yoga, amongst other sports.

"I like mountain biking because there is never a dull moment and it is both physically and mentally challenging. There are always other competitors to keep me on my toes and I love giving it my 100 per cent.

"In the adventure racing field, I am a strong mountain bike rider. In the world of MTB, I'll just have to wait and see. The Rapid Ascent team, who is organising the race, always runs a spectacular event. So no matter what happens, we're sure to get an event well organised with challenge and fun," she added.

All stages of the Anaconda MTB Enduro, except Stage 4, start and finish within riding distance of Alice Springs.

Monday, 19 May - AM
Stage 1: A mix of riding with a majority of the course on not too technical 4WD tracks and trails to allow riders to get used to the terrain. Approx. 2 hrs for winner and up to 4 hrs for slower riders.

Monday, 19 May - PM
Stage 2: A time trial up Anzac Hill in the centre of town (approx. 45 seconds).

Tuesday, 20 May - AM
Stage 3: Racing along the more technical mix single tracks and 4WD terrain around Alice Springs. Approx. 2-3 hrs for winner and up to 6hrs for slower riders.

Wednesday, 21 May - AM
Stage 4: Bikes and riders will be transported to the remote Ross River Station deep within the Eastern MacDonnell Ranges for the 90 km race back to Alice. Approx. 3 hrs for the winner and up to 7 hrs for slower riders.

Thursday, 22 May - AM
Stage 5: Individual time trial around a cranking single track loop near Alice Springs. Approx. 1 hr for the winner and 2 hrs for slower riders.

Thursday, 22 May - PM
Stage 6: Night race. Starting with a mass start, the course will lead riders over a non-technical terrain mix of single track and double track in and around Alice Springs. Approx. 1 hr for the winner and 2 hrs for slower riders.

Friday, 23 May - AM
Stage 7: Racing along the more technical mix of single tracks and 4WD terrain around Alice Springs to finish in a spectacular location with fantastic views out over Central Australia. Approx. 2 hrs for winner and up to 4 hrs for slower riders.

Outdoor adventure retailer Anaconda is the principal sponsor of the MTB Enduro race, which is run by Rapid Ascent headed up by former world champion kayaker and adventure racer John Jacoby.

Anaconda also sponsors the Anaconda Adventure Race National Series which will be held in QLD, NSW, WA and Victoria from August 2008.

Anaconda has 11 stores - four in Queensland, one in NSW, two in Victoria, two in WA, one in SA and one in Tasmania with expansion plans throughout Australia in the near future.

For more information on Anaconda MTB Enduro, visit

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For further information please call Kim Larochelle or Nicola Rutzou on (02) 9413 4244.

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