Remote, forgotten places

A BRAND NEW ROUTE HAS BEEN CUT THROUGH THE KAMMANASSIE. PREPARE TO BE SPELLBOUND.

Dunes to desert

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER THE PIONEER WILL START OUTSIDE OF OUDTSHOORN, AS WE RETURN TO AN OLD FAVOURITE: MOSSEL BAY

A grand spectacle

CRASHING WAVES, MAGNIFICENT MOUNTAINS, DEEP FORESTS AND WIDE OPEN SPACES. THE PIONEER IS A SHOWCASE FOR THE BEAUTY OF AFRICA.

One mountain, two days

TWO ASCENTS OF THIS ICONIC MOUNTAIN. WELCOME BACK THE #SWARTBERGSHOWDOWN AND MEET HER BIG SISTER, #SWARTBERGSEQUEL
IT’S A RACE LIKE NO OTHER
FROM THE HEART OF THE KAROO COMES THE RACE WITH SOUL

From the arid desertscapes of the Groot Karoo to the great mountains of the Klein Karoo and the aboriginal forests of the Garden Route, the Cape Pioneer has it all, a truly African mountain biking experience. The magic lies in the unique combination of exciting, diverse trails, passionate people and authentic human connection, brought to you by world-class event organisers.

The result is a race that has achieved near legendary status.

“Challenge. Community. Race. Experience. Pain. Party.
The Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek is all those rolled into one.
The best thing is, it’s not only about race time. It’s also the build up, the time of preparation when you ask yourself, can I make it? And the time after, the time of the memories, when you know, yes, I did it! Nothing can beat this kind of experience. That’s why for me, the Cape Pioneer Trek is one of the top mountain bike races in the world.”

Henri Lesewitz, Bike Magazine, Munich, Germany
A ROUTE UNMATCHED IN DIVERSITY
IN SEVEN DAYS, THE PIONEER TAKES YOU FROM UNSPOILED COASTAL TRACKS TO DENSE WOODLANDS, GREAT MOUNTAINS AND THE VAST PLAINS AND WILDLIFE IN THE HEART OF THE KAROO.

For the first time in years we have a different departure venue and a fiery urban element that takes the race to the spectators. Soak up the spray from the Indian Ocean with a spin on the beach, before heading up, up through lush coastal pine forest towards the foot of the Outeniqua, your first big-mountain experience. Soaring passes and white-knuckle descents deliver you into the shimmering depths of the Klein Karoo desert. Watch the mercury rise as the racing cranks up a gear, the mighty Swartberg mountain offering fame and fortune for those who conquor her summit slopes.

Feel the tingle of excitement, love the burn, embrace the adventure!

7 Days / 541KM / 11,320M
Pioneer Spirit

Perhaps it’s the shared physical challenge, maybe it’s the Karoo hospitality. Most likely it’s both of these and more. The Pioneer spirit reminds you how life should be, plants your feet firmly back on the soil, leaves you smiling.

THE ESSENCE OF MOUNTAIN BIKING

WORLD CLASS ORGANISATION, GREAT TRAILS AND GREAT FRIENDS. THE CAPE PIONEER TREK WILL RETURN YOU TO THE SOUL OF THE SPORT AND LEAVE YOU WITH A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES.

#racewithsoul