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Aussies with the early advantage after Pioneer prologue

Monday, 2 December 2019, 10:44 am | The Pioneer

It seemed appropriate that it was the Aussies taking out the honours in the prologue at the 2019 Pioneer, fuelled by Nutri-Grain, given the Lake was named in 1862 by Australian gold digger George Moonlight in honour of his donkey, with Moke an old ... More >>

Sissons And Osborne Pair up for a Crack

Monday, 25 November 2019, 10:18 am | The Pioneer

ITU triathlete and Rio Olympian Ryan Sissons will partner with XTERRA expert Sam Osborne at the upcoming Pioneer, Fuelled by Nutri-Grain, with the pair nervously welcoming the toughness of the six-day mountain bike stage race. More >>

The Pioneer fueled by Nutri-Grain announces stunning trails

Wednesday, 1 May 2019, 3:45 pm | The Pioneer

Organisers today confirmed course details for the 2019 Pioneer fuelled by Nutri-Grain, with the six-day mountain bike stage race set to take riders on a 441km journey with 13,000m of climbing through the stunning Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago region. More >>

Nutri-Grain Partners with Epic Series Mountain Bike Race

Tuesday, 30 April 2019, 3:35 pm | The Pioneer

The 2019 Pioneer has a new name, with today’s announcement of Nutri-Grain as naming rights partner to the event, the iconic Central Otago race will now be known as The Pioneer fueled by Nutri-Grain. More >>

Kiwis look back on toughest mountain bike race in the world

Monday, 25 March 2019, 9:33 am | The Pioneer

The Absa Cape Epic is without question the pinnacle in mountain bike stage racing, the event that sits at the top of the Cape Epic Series and is aspired to by riders all over the world. Known as the Untamed African Mountain Bike Race, untamed in the ... More >>

Kiwis survive Queen Stage at Absa Cape Epic

Saturday, 23 March 2019, 1:17 pm | The Pioneer

Clearly the toughest day so far on the Absa Cape Epic, the aptly named Queen Stage Five took a toll on riders in the 2019 event, with 100km spiked with 2,850m of vertical climbing, testing already weary legs and tired heads on day six of the Untamed African ... More >>

Mixed Bag for Kiwis at Absa Cape Epic

Friday, 22 March 2019, 8:53 am | The Pioneer

Five days down, three to go on the world’s toughest mountain bike stage race as the Absa Cape Epic rolls steadily back towards Cape Town, in the race they called The Untamed African Mountain Bike Race. More >>

Pioneer Grand Masters Champions start ABSA Cape Epic strong

Monday, 18 March 2019, 9:16 am | The Pioneer

Shaun Portegys and Tim O’Leary are familiar names and faces to the mountain bike community in New Zealand, the pair were runaway winners of the Grand Masters (50+) category at the Pioneer in November last year, finishing the event in 9th overall. More >>

2019 Pioneer Mountain Bike Race Reveals Added Innovations

Monday, 11 February 2019, 1:35 pm | The Pioneer

Entries for the 2019 Pioneer Mountain Bike Stage Race go live on the event website on February 14, Valentines Day, with organisers expecting high demand for the six-day endurance event after a stunning race played out late in 2018. More >>

Aussies make a move on stage three of The Pioneer

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 4:38 pm | The Pioneer

Team Shimano were the big movers on day four of The Pioneer as Central Otago turned on another stunning picture-postcard day, the Australian open women’s team of Brodie Chapman and Briony Mattocks won their first stage of the event and in the process ... More >>

Biking Stars Aim for Third Straight Pioneer Victory

Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 12:32 pm | The Pioneer

2016 and 2017 mixed category champions Kate Fluker and Mark Williams are gunning for a third consecutive Pioneer victory, with the Queenstown riders looking to capitalize on home advantage at the internationally acclaimed mountain bike stage race, with ... More >>

Olympic Road Cycling Star Lines up in Pioneer Stage Race

Monday, 16 July 2018, 1:15 pm | The Pioneer

The open women’s category at the 2018 Pioneer Mountain Bike Stage Race might have found an early favourite, with news that 2017 third place getter Amy Hollamby has convinced multiple Commonwealth Games and World Championships road cycling medalist ... More >>

IRONMAN legend signs up for Pioneer Mountain Bike Race

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 9:35 am | The Pioneer

With the event at 90% capacity, IRONMAN legend Cameron Brown and good mate Andrew Smith (team Vital Greens) have taken the plunge and signed on the dotted line to confirm their place in the 2018 Pioneer Mountain Bike Stage Race. More >>

Pioneer proving hugely popular with entries over 70% sold

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 3:49 pm | The Pioneer

Organisers of The Pioneer Mountain Bike Stage race are thrilled with the response to the new format for the event, set to return in November 2018, with entries already over 70% sold and exceeding numbers from the previous two editions of the multi-stage ... More >>

Pioneer Confirms Return in November 2018

Wednesday, 6 September 2017, 7:42 pm | The Pioneer

Pioneer Confirms Return in November 2018 The Pioneer Mountain Bike Stage Race is back, with new dates (25 to 30 November 2018) and a new six-day format revealed by race founder and IRONMAN Oceania Managing Director Dave Beeche in a Facebook video ... More >>

Pioneer Riders Earn And Win Spots at ABSA Cape Epic

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 4:36 pm | The Pioneer

One of the highlights of the recent Pioneer Mountain Bike Stage Race was the newly forged partnership with the world-renowned Absa Cape Epic, widely regarded as the ‘unofficial world championship of mountain bike stage racing’. More >>

Spanish Legend Loving His Pioneer Experience

Friday, 10 February 2017, 4:51 pm | The Pioneer

For immediate release from The Pioneer Mountain Bike Stage Race, further information at More >>

Kiwis Take Control of Pioneer with Queen Stage Victory

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 4:57 pm | The Pioneer

They call it the Queen Stage and so it proved today on The Pioneer, with the 112km ride from Lake Ohau to Lake Hawea testing even the strongest of the riders, as Watson & Son Manuka Honey (James Williamson and Scott Lyttle) rode superbly to extend their ... More >>

Italian Wraps up 4-Day-Traverse at Pioneer

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 12:10 pm | The Pioneer

There are so many landmark stages, so many ‘wow’ moments on the Pioneer Mountain Bike Stage Race that it is hard to single any out, but the climb over Ben Ohau must be in the conversation and it didn’t disappoint on today’s stage four of the ... More >>

Drama on First Long Day of Mountain Bike Stage Race

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 11:01 am | The Pioneer

There was drama and excitement aplenty on stage two of The Pioneer as the Mountain Bike Stage race took the 338 riders over the 106km course from Geraldine to Fairlie on another blistering hot day in the Central South Island. More >>