Africa beckons for Pioneer racers
Participants in this year’s Pioneer Mountain Bike Stage Race have more to race for than just bragging rights.
A total of ten entries to the Cape Epic in South Africa in March 2018 have been set aside for Pioneer riders, with five going to category winners and five more being awarded in a draw for all other participants.
Billed as the ‘‘greatest mountain bike stage race of them all’’, riders will want to win their category in the second annual Pioneer, which runs from February 5 to February 11 between Christchurch and Queenstown.
Pioneer creator and Ironman Oceania managing director Dave Beeche said he was thrilled at the connection between the two events.
‘‘The Cape Epic is undoubtedly the pinnacle of mountain bike stage racing in the world, and to be able to offer our Pioneer riders the opportunity to qualify for a race that is extremely difficult to get into, adds prestige and ups the stakes for the Pioneer.
‘‘For those who are chasing a podium finish, this adds real spice.’’
The Pioneer covers 549km through some of the most stunning parts of New Zealand, Beeche said.
Teams of two could participate in the seven-day Pioneer event or solo participants could race the four-day event.
Scenery participants can expect in the Pioneer mountain bike race.