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The Pioneer 4 Day Traverse Race

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New Zealand
Event type:
MTB Stage
Entries open:
Event dates:
3 Feb 2019 - 4 day event
± 23 weeks until event
Race Organiser:
Race Director:
Bec Williams

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The Pioneer 4 Day Traverse Race

In 2016 as part of The Pioneer event we offered the 3 Day Traverse. For 2017 this has been enhanced to the 4 Day Traverse.

The 4 Day Traverse is a solo event and incorporates everything that is great about The Pioneer, but is more achievable for those without the time to train for and participate over 7 days of stage racing.

2017 sees Traverse riders begin their 4-day journey in Christchurch, alongside the 7-day Epic riders, and complete their ride in Lake Ohau at the end of Stage Four.

Although a shortened version, the Traverse will still prove to be mentally and physically demanding with 8,718m of climbing across the 314kms of riding.

Traverse riders will experience a unique journey through the stunning Southern Alps, with inspiring views across breath-taking countryside, which very few will ever get to experience. They will share a true life time experience with other riders and enjoy a level of camaraderie like no other – we don’t exaggerate when we say life-long friends are made on this journey.

If you are looking for that step-up from one day MTB events, then the 4 Day Traverse will inspire you to take that step, and ride beyond!

Starting in Christchurch and finishing at Lake Ohau, The Pioneer 4 Day Traverse is a 4 day, 314 kilometre point to point course with 8,718 metres of climbing, taking in some of the most spectacular highlights of the Southern Alps including; the Port Hills of Christchurch, Aoraki/Mt Cook (NZ’s highest mountain), Lake Pukaki, and the Ohau range. Every part of the course will be marked – navigation skills not required – with several check points and aid stations each day to keep you on-track and well looked after. Each day’s racing will finish in a different host-town with local hospitality on offer – ensuring each one of your over-night stays is unique and enjoyable.

Once you reach the end of your journey at Lake Ohau you can enjoy celebrations with fellow riders and soak up the stunning surrounds on Lake Ohau’s shores.

The Pioneer 4 Day Traverse Race-

Weather conditions


Season: Summer

Route Information



Technical Rating: 6

Stage details

Christchurch to Christchurch
Geraldine to Fairlie
Fairlie to Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo to Lake Ohau

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