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Race registration

Time:  14:00 until 18:00
Date:  Monday, 30 September 2024
Location: Denneoord Primary School, George

Tented accommodation and camper van parking

Time: 14:00
Date:  Monday, 30 September 2024
Location: Denneoord Primary School, George
Please note tented accommodation, as well as camper van parking areas, are accessible for occupation as soon as a rider has completed his/her registration.

Pre-Race briefing

Time: 19:00
Date: Monday, 30 September 2024
Location: Denneoord Primary School, George
Please note attendance is compulsory as vital information regarding the race will be communicated. 


The first meal included in your package will be served Monday, 30 September 2024 (DINNER). Please note that you are responsible for your own meals before dinner.

Daily race start

Time: 08:00

Daily evening prize giving (1 October until 4 October 2024)

Time: 19:00 until 20:00

Final prize giving

Date: Saturday, 5 October

Time: 13:00

Celebration Dinner Party

Date: Saturday, 5 October
Time: 18:00
Location: Museum, Oudtshoorn

What to bring

At race registration all riders will receive an official event race bag, and this will be the only piece of luggage that will be transported between stage locations, so please ensure that all your belongings fit into this container. The race organisers will supply each rider with a comfortable mattress, but riders must supply their own sleeping bag, pillow and cover sheet. Please leave all valuables at home, the race organisers, and their partners, accept no responsibility for any lost or stolen goods.

What to bring for the ride:

A mobile phone

Fully charged and programmed with all the emergency numbers (supplied at race registration). Ensure that both riders carry a phone. Mobile phone charging facilities will be available at the race office.

First aid kit

Consisting of 1 x stretch bandage, 2 x dressings, adhesive plasters, foil survival blanket and sunblock with a minimum SPF factor of 20.

Bike repair tools

UST tyre repair kit, multi-tool, replacement derailleur hanger,
inflation device (pump, bombs etc).


A minimum of 2.5L of fluid to be carried by each rider.


Three sets of cycling clothing (ensure you invest in some good quality cycling shorts).


Biogen food bars, chews, energy drink and tablets will be provided. If you use any other supplement brand, remember to bring it with you!

Eye protection

A pair of sunglasses.

Phone charger

What you will need at the race village:

Cash or credit card

Sleeping bag and cover sheet

Casual clothing

Slip slops

Torch / headlamp



Locks for your bag and tent

Laundry bag

Chamois cream

Mosquito repellent

Laundry service

Hat or cap for the unforgiving Karoo sun

Personal medication

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.

Daily routine


Rise and shine


Bag check-in opens


Bike park opens


Breakfast starts


Start chute opens: Check-in


Breakfast finishes


Rider bag check-in closes


Secure bike park closes


Start chute closes: Seeded riders


Race starts


First riders arrive


Race medical facility opens


Rider bag check-out opens


Bike park opens


Bike wash opens


Showers open



Lunch starts


Race office opens


Sports massage opens


Lunch finishes


Rider bag check out closes


Race cut off – may vary daily at the discretion of the race commissaire



Dinner starts




Dinner finishes


Race medical facility close


Showers close


Sports massage closes


Lights out

Supporter Packages



Meal Ticket: R4 100.00
Finisher’s Function Meal Ticket: R350.00

Come eat with us! Including breakfast, lunch and dinner for the duration of the race, this ticket also includes you in the evening prize giving and general festivity each night in the dining tent. All meals are included, from dinner on registration day to the Finisher’s Function on the final day of racing.

Race Village Campsite: R2 800.00

Don’t feel like sleeping under canvas? This ticket, available to registered riders and their support, allows you to bring a Mobile Home for the week where you can park it in the supporter race village. Access will be granted from the 30th of September 2024 until the 6th of October 2024.


  • One supporter village parking pass will allow one vehicle (a mobile home or standard vehicle with a caravan or camping trailer) into the designated area. Each pass holder will receive a vehicle sticker to be placed on your mobile home/vehicle to ensure access to this area. NO STICKER, NO ENTRY.
  • All 2024 supporter village parking areas will occupy a clearly marked area of 8m x 5m. Pass holders will be limited to this area only, and this will be strictly monitored to ensure that every pass holder’s space and privacy is respected.
  • Unfortunately, no one will be allowed to move any race village tents or mattresses around, so if you require additional tents at your camper, be sure to bring your own – just as long as your private village fits onto your allowed area!
  • Every supporter village parking area will give you access to the ablution facilities of the village, as toilets and showers will be within walking distance of your parking area.
  • Each mobile home will have access to one power point, situated no more than 30 meters from you parking area. Please bring adequate electrical cabling to ensure you can reach the power supply.
  • All mobile home parking pass holders will be within walking distance from the race village, dining area and chill zone, and will have access to filtered drinking water.
  • The local host will also have a laundry service available at the race office.
  • Each pass will grant one driver access to the supporter village parking area and race village by way of a dedicated race wristband provided to drivers at registration.
  • Only holders of valid meal passes will be allowed to enter the dining area and given access to daily catered meals. These passes are available to drivers at an additional cost and can be booked on this page, above.
  • A detailed map and directions to all supporter village parking areas will be provided at registration.
  • The supporter village parking pass provides riders and their support with an alternative accommodation option, and are not available to external service providers.
  • The supporter village parking pass is for accommodation only.


The official race service providers are strictly selected and have exclusivity within our village area. If a holder of this pass needs to have their bike serviced or receive physiotherapy/sports massage at their supporter village site, they will have to obtain written permission prior to the race from Bernard le Roux at

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.


Three scrumptious meals per day will be served, starting with dinner on Monday, 30 September 2024. Hospitality comes courtesy of the local community with all the meals prepared locally with home cooked goodness.


The Momentum Medical Scheme Cape Pioneer presented by Biogen offers full medical service at each stage location. Traveling medical personnel, including a race doctor and paramedics, will also be available en-route to handle emergencies. Serious cases will be transferred to any of the local hospitals that offer a more comprehensive service.

Basic medical services are free, but the treatment of recurring injuries or pre-existing chronic conditions will be for the rider’s account. Supplies for daily strapping will be available at a cost to the rider. Please remember to carry the details of your medical insurance in case of hospitalisation.


Please bring your personal medication as prescribed by your doctor. We are riding through areas with lots of honey bees, so come prepared! Also, carry sunblock with a sun protection factor of at least 20 SPF.

Spectator point, Technical and Feeding zones

The GPS coordinates will be made available prior to the race.

Prize money

The 2024 prize money will be made available prior to the race.

To qualify for prize money and be recognized as an official category, each podium category must have at least 5 riders/teams. Participants who miss a stage prize giving ceremony will incur a 10% deduction from the total prize money. Missing the final prize giving ceremony will result in a 50% deduction.

Sport massage

EPT Recovery is a professional team of highly qualified massage therapists that specializes in sports recovery. As your official partner in recovery at Momentum Medical Scheme Cape Pioneer presented by Biogen, we encourage you to step up a gear for better performance and book your recovery massage TODAY. Together with EPT Recovery, you can take your ride to the next level where you will stand firm against the effects of fatigue.

We are excited to provide you with the following services to enhance your total experience at this world-class South African event;
Please Note, only Race approved Service Providers are allowed.

We offer the following:

Massage & Stretching

All event sports recovery massages are powered by the premium products of Deep Heat, Deep Relief and Deep Freeze for a maximised recovery effect.

Strapping and Taping

A taping service to aid and prevent injury. Secure, stabilise, and support an injured or painful area.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation

A range of Compex devices on offer to help riders recover faster and perform better.

Bike Delivery


Relax and enjoy the race! Let us take care of your bicycle!

Bicycle transport from Pretoria and Johannesburg to the Momentum Medical Scheme Cape Pioneer presented by Biogen. We have a unique “roll in roll out” system and it is not necessary to take apart your bike.

To book your bike, please visit:



Bike Service

JP van Zyl is well known in cycling circles. Cycling is in his blood, so if you want to talk tech, he is your go-to guy. As the official bike technical service provider, he offers a very affordable maintenance option for the duration of the race and all bookings and payment can be done directly with him.

JP van Zyl –
Please Note: Only race approved service providers are allowed.

Car drive service

Car drive service by Langenhoven Gimnasium. Your car will be collected at the race start and driven through to the race finish in Oudtshoorn. The cost of this service is R1 500.00 and can be added on your rider profile. Your car can also be taken to each race village. The cost of this service is R2 800.00. The school will be in contact after you have purchased this package to discuss arrangements.

For any questions or queries please contact:
Kalbas Nell
Cell: 076 934 2123


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Race Rules

Cancellations & Refunds

  • In the event of cancellation by or on behalf of the participant due to his/her death or hospitalization, no cancellation fee will be levied.
  • Refunds up to 01 May 2024: 90% of entry fee.
  • Refunds between 02 May to 01 August 2024: 50% of entry fee.
  • Refunds between 02 August to 01 September 2024: 20% of entry fee.
  • No refunds after 01 September 2024.
  • Substitutions may be made (only until 13 September 2024) at a substitution fee of R750-00 per rider transferred.
  • Please be aware that only fully paid entries received by 31 July 2024, will qualify for event apparel.
  • Entries cannot be carried over to the following year or any other future events.
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