Online Entry Form
Confirmed competitors will receive a PIN number which can be used to access their online entry form at Online Bike Entry Form. Please complete the mandatory fields on this form as soon as possible. Some information may not be available yet and you can return to this link at any time before registration to complete your entry form.
How to enter
Bike entries for the 2019 Tatts Finke Desert Race will open on Tuesday 29th January 2019 at 0900 NT time (0730 WA; 0930 QLD; 1000 SA; 1030 NSW/VIC/TAS). Initial application will be through the purchase of an entry from shop.finkedesertrace.com.au. Once your application has been processed we will provide you with details to login and complete the online entry form.
The Tatts Finke Desert Race for bikes is run in accordance with the MA GCR's together with the 2019 Supp Regs. Competitors must be familiar with these rules.
Read the Supp Regs carefully as there have been important changes including:
- One Event Licences will be available for the first time at a cost of $75. Follow this link to a step by step guide on how to purchase a one event licence from Ridernet - Ridernet User Guide
- There will be no competitor registration on Friday 7th June
- Self-scrutineering will be in place at this year's event. Those who wish to have a Finke official scrutineer their machine may select this option on their entry form.
- Scrutineering will commence at 4pm on Friday 7th June 2019 and conclude at 9pm.
- Top 30 placegetters from 2018 will start prologue one at a time, 1 minute apart (1-20 race numbers will remain as usual, riders 21-30 will still receive class numbers).
- Quads will now start two at a time instead of 5 at a time on Race Day 1.
- There is no cut off time at Bundooma Checkpoint on Race Day 1, nor at Deep Well on Race Day 2, but the time limit remains 4hrs 30 mins each way.
Registration, Scrutineering & Prologue
All competitors will be required to attend registration in the week before the race (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday), scrutineering on Friday afternoon and the Prologue on Saturday - see Supp Regs for details. Race days are Sunday 9th and Monday 10th June.
Self Scrutineering forms will be distributed to competitors in their competitor pack at registration. They must be completed and presented at Scrutineering Night (Friday). A provisional Demo Self Scrutineering Form is available.
Competitors who have opted out of self scrutineering on their entry form can use the demo self scrutineering form as a guide as they will be subject to the same scrutineering requirements by scrutineers. They will also receive a self-scrutineering form in their pack which they should bring to scrutineering but it will be completed and signed off by an official scrutineer.
The 2018 Competitor Guide is available as a PDF download for general information pending the publication of the 2019 Competitor Guide which will be available here in due course.
Maps & Road Closures
Maps of the track and diagrams of the venues are available as a PDF download. These may be updated from time. A map of the track for use in Google Earth and other navigation devices is available as a KML download. These may be updated as required.
Finke Street Party & Night Markets
The 'Finke Street Party & Night Markets' will be held on Thursday 6 June in the heart of Alice Springs on Todd Street. Highlights of the Official Kick Off Party for 2019 include:
- SHOWTIME FMX: Epic Stunt Performances at 5:45pm, 7:00pm & 8:00pm (on Todd Street, outside of Bojangles and The Rock Bar)
- SIGNING TABLE: Meet some of the competitors who are ready to face the adventure of the 2019 Tatts Finke Desert Race from 7pm on the Town Council Lawns
- WIN!: Win a Double Pass for a VIP Helicopter Joy Flight over Prologue on Race Weekend 2019
- KIDS ZONE:: Hang out with the 2019 Finke Ambassador Team to fill out some fun (& informative) safety activity books ahead of Australia’s Ultimate Desert Race
- LIVE MUSIC: Catch Wolfpack Amadeus playing live music from 5pm - 9pm at the Reflection Pond (Top End of the Todd Mall, near Sporties Restaurant)
- MOVIE SCREENING: Watch a screening of the 2018 Official Finke Documentary at 7pm on the Church Lawns (Middle of the Todd Mall). Free popcorn, mats and chairs provided