Welcome to the media section of The Pioneer. 

Media Database

Media wishing to receive press releases are required to sign-up to the media database.  During race week you will receive regular race news including daily press releases, race updates, VNR clips, and photos.  Email with your contact details, including media outlet.

Media Accreditation

Media wishing to attend and cover The Pioneer are required to complete the media accreditation form.

Accreditation ensures a smooth event for all media with access to the Race Village, on-course locations, and athlete & Race Director interviews. Once accredited you will be added to our event Media Database and receive all information, updates and advisories related to the event.

All media will be required to apply for Media Accreditation by filling out the accreditation form by Thursday 15 October 2020.

Accredited media will be required to confirm race coverage before, during or after the race and provide copies of coverage to

Media Support Packages

On-ground media support packages are available to a limited number of media to experience The Pioneer first hand. Approved media will have the opportunity to ride one or all six stages of The Pioneer.

Besides being a great place to watch the racing unfold, The Pioneer race village is an impressive site for anyone visiting. Come and experience the action first hand by applying for a media support package.

All Media wishing to ride a stage/s will be required to apply for a media support package must fill out the accreditation form below by Friday 31 July 2020.

Before applying for a support package, please ensure you can supply the following information:

  • Editor guarantee all coverage including publication, timings etc.
  • Digital and social media data, including website traffic, audience demographics, social media channel followings and links
  • Links to any previous mountain bike editorial work you have had published

Approved media have access to a discounted Pioneer entry which has all standard inclusions; race entry, Race Village meals and tented accommodation in the Race Village.

Please note the support package does not include massage, laundry, meals not included in entry fee, accommodation pre and post event or airfares. Media will be required to organise and cover their own transport and travel costs to and from Queenstown, New Zealand for the start of the event.

Media will be required to adhere to all standard entrant requirements pertaining to fitness, bike equipment and gear fit for purpose.

There will be a compulsory pre-event media briefing for all approved media.

For all media enquiries contact Andrew Dewhurst, Marketing Communications Manager at