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.
We’ll be back with 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 race heading North, offering fame and fortune for those who dares to take her on. Feel the tingle of excitement, love the burn, embrace the adventure!
“Challenge. Community. Race. Experience. Pain. Party.
The 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
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.
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.
“2019 became my fifth entry and I finally gained a stage win and 4 days in the yellow jersey. The beauty of the Cape Pioneer is the good atmosphere with each other, the good food and every stage is different. Every year you come home with a new story that you have experienced. like a giraffe is following you, zebras flying past you and springboks.” Gerben Mos
“Ticks all the boxes which are vitally important to mountain bikers. Diverse trails testing body, mind and soul, tough racing, beautiful race villages, scrumptious meals and exceptional hospitality. This truly is South Africa’s #RaceWithSoul.” Yolande de Villiers
“Pioneer being my first week long stage race I had absolutely no idea what to expect. The race took us from Mossel Bay to Oudtshoorn and it was absolutely phenomenal. 7 amazing, yet challenging days of racing though our beautiful country. The management and route organizing team did not disappoint with world class hospitality, fantastic race villages, amazing food and serious gees. Save the date on your Calendar and come do the #RaceWithSoul.”Henry Liebenberg
“This was my first trip to South Africa, and words cannot describe what an incredible experience it was. I’ve never encountered such diverse terrain in one week – not a single stage was like the other! I can honestly say it was the best stage race I have ever done.” Cemile Trommer
“I know these trails really well. We get to encounter some tough terrain out there that put our bikes and bodies to the test. This race is really good preparation for the major events on our international racing calendar.” Matthys Beukes, Pyga Eurosteel
Briliant routes every day and the spirit in the village is just great.All riders feel at home and every need is attended to. Having not cleared out my tent on the last day and returning to the school to find all tents packed up I stressed about my phone,wallet and car keys that was lying loose in my tent.As I stopped a Dryland worker asked me if I left my things in my tent ,they had packed up all my things neatly into my bag and kept it safe,now that real personnel attention. I would like to thank Dryland for a wonderful week.The smile foundation for giving me the chance to collect some more funds.To mountainbikers out there you must put the Momentum Health Cape Pioneer presented by Biogen on your bucket list. Ps. I think I gained weight because all we do is ride and eat and the foods wonderful. Unknown