How the gruelling Pioneer and Cape Epic races foster a spirit of adventure that could soon go totally global
Stage races like The Pioneer are incredibly popular around the world. The general premise is five to eight days of mountain biking, either point-to-point or based out of a town with a different route each day. Each event has its own flavour and character, influenced by the settting and trails. Whether you’re riding on the old gold mining trails and hand-made singletrack high above the town of Breckenridge in Colorado, or navigating the narrow, ancient, routes carved out of the mountains of the Valais at the Swiss Epic, or carving modern machine-built singletrack through a winery in the Western Cape during the Absa Cape Epic – each event is unique.