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BIG LIFE CHANGES DON’T STOP 2017 WOMEN'S WINNERS

The 2019 Pioneer, fuelled by Nutri-Grain, will see a return for 2017 women’s champions Nina McVicar and Reta Trotman (Team New World St Martins), but both find themselves taking a very much more relaxed view of the gruelling six-day stage race as both have seen significant life changes since that victory.

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We’re going on an adventure North.

The Pioneer Mountain Bike Stage Race is on the move, with organisers confirming the event will further evolve with a shift to the North Island in November 2020. In its fourth year, the 2019 Pioneer, fueled by Nutri-Grain, will be held from Sunday 1st December this year.

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BROKEN NECK AND BACK CAN’T KEEP AUSSIE AWAY FROM HIS PIONEER DREAM

Stephen Goodall remembers little of the mountain bike crash in September last year that left him with a broken back, broken neck, a significant concussion and a hazy week in Royal Melbourne Hospital, but in December will put it all behind him when riding in The Pioneer Mountain Bike Race, fuelled by Nutri-Grain.

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FROM WINNER TO COURSE DESIGNER

Alexandra’s James (Jimmy) Williamson knows the many riding trails of the Central Otago region like the back of his hand, so it was little surprise the elite road and mountain bike rider was shoulder tapped to return to the scene of his 2017 Pioneer triumph, not to ride again, but to set the course for...

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Road Cycling Legend Turns To The Dirt For His Next Competitive Fix

Commonwealth Games medal winning cyclist Gordon McCauley has turned to the ‘other-side’, confirming his entry along with teammate Jarrod Harris in team Daikin Thermal Solutions for the 2019 Pioneer Mountain Bike Stage Race, fuelled by Nutri-Grain, and already the colourful rider is promising to spice up an already demanding week.

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Training & Coaching Plans

*With six months to go, you've still got plenty of time to enter and get your engine tuned ready to race! * We've partnered with specialist endurance coaches at Team CP to help you get to the finish line.

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Six Months to Go!

31 May 2019

Six Months to Go!

Can you believe it is six months until you'll be taking on The Pioneer fuelled by Nutri-Grain? You should be starting to booking your travel and accommodation. Check out the full event schedule and make sure you have all the below sorted: Flights - to and from Queenstown.

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2019 COURSE LAUNCH

2 May 2019

2019 COURSE LAUNCH

Organisers today confirmed course details for the 2019 Pioneer fuelled by Nutri-Grain, with the six-day mountain bike stage race set to take riders on a 441km journey with 13,000m of climbing through the stunning Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago region.

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NUTRI-GRAIN PARTNERS WITH THE PIONEER

The 2019 Pioneer has a new name, with today’s announcement of Nutri-Grain as naming rights partner to the event, from now on to be known as The Pioneer fueled by Nutri-Grain.

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Early Entry Benefits Ending Soon

A friendly reminder that if you enter soon, you can take advantage of two great early entry benefits we have available this year. *Deferral:* Enter by 15 April 2019 and you are eligible to defer your entry to the 2020 Pioneer for any reason.

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