Queen­stown will host The Pioneer

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The Pioneer Moun­tain Bike Stage Race is back, with a new date of Novem­ber 25-30, 2018 and a new for­mat.

Race founder and IRONMAN Ocea­nia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Dave Beeche has con­firmed the two per­son team race will be based en­tirely around Queen­stown next year.

Or­gan­is­ers staged the Christchurch to Queen­stown race in early 2016 and again in 2017 be­fore de­cid­ing to de­lay the next race un­til later in 2018.

They have taken stock of the event, the tim­ing and the for­mat.

Beeche was de­lighted that the due dili­gence ex­er­cise had such a pos­i­tive out­come.

‘‘We are back. The Pioneer will be bet­ter than ever thanks to the time taken these past few months to re­view the for­mat, lo­ca­tion and course,’’ he said.

Rid­ers will start and fin­ish the six-stage race in Queen­stown.

‘‘The team has done an amaz­ing job in cre­at­ing a new course that will be as chal­leng­ing as ever and with more sin­gle track to en­joy,’’ he said.

Fif­teen en­tries to the Absa Cape Epic moun­tain bike stage race in South Africa in 2019 are up for grabs.


Jossi Wells at home in Wanaka.

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