THE PIONEER RETURNS IN 2018
There was a fair bit of dismay when The Pioneer announced in May that the 2018 event wouldn’t be running in February as expected. But Dave Beech, Oceania CEO of Ironman, the owners of the race, confirmed it wasn’t a cancellation – just a postponement.
After two years of running from Christchurch to Queenstown, covering over 500km and 15,000m of climbing, The Pioneer needed a bit of a change. A touch less slog, a bit more shred. So they have announced new dates, and a new stage outline for 2018.
From 25-30 November, riders will tackle a six-day race in pairs - starting and finishing in Queenstown in New Zealand. The course is not yet officially released but will take on some of Queenstown’s classics and some of the finest trails in Central Otago.
“The team has done an amazing job in creating a new course that will be as challenging as ever and with more singletrack to enjoy. There will be some incredible climbs that will see our riders finding character for sure, with stunning views to take in along the way,” said Beech at the launch. “Spending six days with your mate riding in the back country is a huge part of the experience, so we have stayed true to that ethos of the event; this is something to be shared for sure.”
We’re excited, as a start and finish in Queenstown makes logisitics from Australia easier, as does a six-day format. It means you can fit the race and travel days more easily into a week off work. The Pioneer will still offer a way to secure an entry to the Cape Epic – you just have to win your category. Get the full details online.