New ZealandOceania

8-13 Nov 2020

6 days

433 km


12 540m




The Southern Alps pose a brutal challenge to the riders, with stunning scenery as the perfect antidote in this epic event through New Zealand’s pristine high country.

The Pioneer, fuelled by Nutri-Grain Mountain Bike Stage Race through NZ’s Southern Alps has proven to be a true pioneering race. All those who compete love the stunning scenery, the brutal nature of the challenge, and they leave heaping praise on this epic event through New Zealand’s pristine high country.

The third edition of The Pioneer will take place from 25 – 30 November 2018 and will be as challenging as ever. Local and international mountain bikers will tackle the six-stage race in teams of two. Riders must stay no more than 2 minutes apart for the entire race.

Many riders push themselves to their absolute limits and then ride beyond to discover new limits for themselves and their teammate.  The level of camaraderie that develops amongst the riders around the social lounge in camp every day is staggering and heart-warming. We don’t exaggerate when we say life-long friends are made on this journey.

Find your riding partner today and become a Pioneer.

Sunday, Nov 25, 2018 Prologue 21km 1148m
Monday, Nov 26, 2018 Stage 1 69km 2245m
Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018 Stage 2 101km 2664m
Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018 Stage 3 77km 2558m
Thursday, Nov 29, 2018 Stage 4 70km 3563m
Friday, Nov 30, 2018 Stage 5 86km 2946m
    424km 15124m