The stunning Southern Alps are the setting for this new multi-stage race, destined to become one of the world’s iconic endurance events.
With the spectacular Southern Alps of the South Island as a canvas to play on, this seven-day, 570km race from Christchurch to Queenstown lacked for nothing.Australian Geographic Outdoor Magazine
Pushing riders to their physical limits for up to a week, The Pioneer is also a rare chance to journey through some of the most awe inspiring scenery New Zealand has to offer.
The main event is the 7-Day Epic, with competitors riding in two-person teams. Starting in Christchurch and finishing in the adventure resort of Queenstown – with a distance of 549 km and 16,000 m of climbing in between – it traverses a mix of farm tracks, unsealed roads and world-class singletrack flowing through landscapes dominated by mighty mountain ranges, tussock-covered highlands, rolling farmland and surreal blue lakes.
The shorter, solo 4-Day Traverse parallels the Epic as far as Lake Ohau in the beautiful Mackenzie Country, to a total distance of 314 km with and 8,718 m of climbing. Clearly, neither is for the faint-hearted!
Tent villages set up in spectacular locations provide everything riders need for rest and restoration as well as a sociable and fun atmosphere. AMB Magazine’s Mike Blewitt even commented that ‘the camaraderie between riders on and off the bike was second to no other event I’ve been to’.
Professional event management ensures slick provision of everything from delicious meals and mechanical support, to essential souvenirs such as a gear bag and race t-shirt – because this is one race competitors will want to boast about for years to come.