Queenstown will host The Pioneer
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.