The Pioneer 2017 – Stage 7 from Snow Farm to Queenstown (NZ) & Overall Highlight

The Pioneer 2017 – Stage 7 from Snow Farm to Queenstown (NZ) & Overall Highlight

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Published 14 February 2017

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KIWIS PREVAIL IN EPIC PIONEER MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE

New Zealand’s James Williamson and Scott Lyttle (Team Watson & Sons Manuka Honey) took out the 2017 Pioneer Mountain Bike Stage race, holding off the fast finishing Spaniards Tomi Misser and Ibon Sugasti (Imparables) on the final stage into Queenstown today while Nina McVicar (Nelson) and Reta Trotman (Christchurch) in team Hirepool took out the women’s honours.

In a race that has already established itself as amongst the best in the world and with a truly international field, with 17 countries represented by a total of 154 riders, there were emotional scenes as the winners and those further down the field rode into Queenstown to greet family, friends and hundreds of supporters celebrating their achievement.

Team Imparables crossed the line first but were in reality never a chance of making up the more than twenty minutes they needed to catch the Kiwis, with Alexandra’s Williamson and former Masterton based rider Lyttle following soon after to a rapturous welcome at the Queenstown Events Centre, having completed the 545km in just under 27 hours.

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