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THE PIONEER, MTB STAGE RACE, SOUTHERN ALPS, NEW ZEALAND

The Pioneer 2018 – MTB Stage Race Southern Alps, NZ
SUNDAY 25 NOVEMBER – FRIDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2018
430km of riding and 15,500m climbing

The Pioneer came out of a simple idea. Ride beyond. The idea of creating a uniquely New Zealand event that took you through the parts of the country that few will ever get to enjoy. To ride to the remotest parts of the Southern Alps. To push yourself beyond your comfort zone. To get you far away from familiar trails and in to the unknown. And you do it all for six days straight in teams of two.

The Pioneer is an awe-inspiring six-day mountain bike stage race through and around New Zealand’s pristine Southern Alps.  Linking together amazing riding over farm tracks, NZ Cycle Trails, double track and single-track riding in a very special part of the world where soaring mountain peaks, crystal-clear blue lakes, and golden high country await.  If you’re looking for a mountain bike race to get you inspired again, this is it!

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Find Stunning – A rare chance to journey through a pristine and untouched part of New Zealand – riding through the some of the most awe-inspiring scenery on earth.
  • Find Character – An epic challenge that will push you to the edge and have you digging deep.
  • Find Welcome – Discover New Zealand’s legendary warm kiwi hospitality…with a super-friendly race vibe to enjoy at the end of each day.  You’ll have earned it!

Stage information

Prologue Coronet Peak 22km 1500m
Stage 1 Queenstown – Queenstown 66km 2878m
Stage 2 Alexandra – Alexandra 114km 2750m
Stage 3 Alexandra – Bannockburn 75km 2600m
Stage 4 Bannockburn – Bannockburn 83km 3100m
Stage 5 Bannockburn – Arrowtown 67km 2800m

Estimates of the type of riding throughout the Pioneer

  • 36% – 4WD/Farm Track
  • 35% – Cycle Trails / Single Track
  • 15% – Gravel Road
  • 14% – Sealed Road

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