The Pioneer MTB Race

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Hi there, thanks for coming to our fundraising page.

We want to support the amazing work that the NZ Spinal Trust does in helping those with Spinal Cord Injury reach their potential. We are raising funds through our participation in the Pioneer MTB race 5-11 February 2017 and would be most grateful if you made a donation here.

We love the Spinal Trust’s saying “Anything is possible when COURAGE, expertise, and generosity hold hands. As your generous donation fuels our expertise, the courage of those who face life with a Spinal Cord Injury is enlarged.”

We are going to be busting a gut to raise as much money as we can for the NZ Spinal Trust as we compete in the Pioneer MTB Race – thanks so much for your contribution & support.

Brendon Vercoe & Mick Beard

 For the latest please see our blog below:


Burgers and Celebrations!


Brendon Vercoe and Michael Beard finished the Pioneer Epic 7 Day Mountain Bike Race 12th in their category and raised over 2.5k for the NZ Spinal Trust! Legends! How many burgers will you need to eat to replace the weight you lost? Thanks guys, we really appreciate your efforts!

Race day 5/7


Wrecked, relieved, elated and sore- that about sums up today’s feelings. It was bloody tough out there today! Tired bodies (including mine) that lay scattered around the race village are proof of the suffrage. Day 5, the Queen stage, took us from Lake Ohau to Lake Hawera. Over 7 and a half hours on the … Continue reading Race day 5/7

Race day 6/7


This morning started like every other, following the same routine of eat, prepare and pack up gear. The difference was the pace at which everyone was moving– there was a definite slowness in people’s step, even the odd limp, as well as numerous groans (including my own) as raw saddle sores were reintroduced to their … Continue reading Race day 6/7

Race day 4/7


Over we go! Today’s 106km stage from Tekapo to Lake Ohau took us over the top of the Ben Ohau range, over half way through the 7 days racing and leaving over half of the total elevation behind us. However over wasn’t going to possible without going up first, at 30 degrees gradients no less! The … Continue reading Race day 4/7

Race day 3/7


Day 3- Fairlie to Tekapo Today was truly 4 seasons in one day. True to the forecast- rain arrived in Fairlie late last night and was still pitter-patterning on the tent as I awoke at 6 this morning. The 10 degrees and rain at race start was a stark contrast to the 30+ yesterday, and … Continue reading Race day 3/7

Race Day 1/7- The Prologue


Day 1 complete! Only 6 days and over 500km and 14000m elevation to go… crap… we’ve hardly bloody started! The Christchurch adventure park was a fantastic venue for today’s prologue- great climbing and even better descents. Mick and I achieved our main aims for the day- to get through in one piece and to secure … Continue reading Race Day 1/7- The Prologue

Race day 2/7


Day 2- Geraldine to Fairlie through magnificent quintessential NZ high country, 106km, 1900m of elevation gain. After a flying start (that felt more like a road race than a mtb race) we hit the first of many mountains to come.   Mick and I quickly found our rhythm and managed to reel a few teams … Continue reading Race day 2/7

Nervous, excited, prepared?? Maybe at least 2 of the 3!


4/2/17 Race day has nearly arrived, and if the last fews days has proved anything it’s that gearing up for an event like the pioneer is nearly as much a logistical challenge as it is a physical and mental one. Let’s just say there has been a fair bit of flapping about- getting registered and getting … Continue reading Nervous, excited, prepared?? Maybe at least 2 of the 3!

It’s all go!


The boys are amped! The race starts in 5! Posted by NZ Spinal Trust on Saturday, 4 February 2017

They’re flying!


They're flying! Posted by NZ Spinal Trust on Saturday, 4 February 2017



We’ll be there to see them hit the trail! Kickoff is at 8.30 am this Sunday 5th Feb at the Christchurch Adventure Park!  

Brendon seems a little nervous! We’re with you mate, you got this!


Brendon Vercoe Ready for the Pioneer Bit Nervous? We Can Understand Why!Best of luck Brendon, we'll be cheering you on! Posted by NZ Spinal Trust on Wednesday, 1 February 2017

7 days of mountain biking, 545 km of riding, 15,508m of elevation gain, several hours on the saddle (bike) each day…


“Why?!” (common question). Why not?! “You’re crazy!” Some of my friends and family might agree. But aren’t we all in our own weird and wonderful way? Biking is my ‘thing’. Endurance sport is my ‘thing’. Knitting, yoga, complex crosswords, baking, bridge, train spotting and car racing are among ‘things’ that aren’t my ‘thing’, but maybe … Continue reading 7 days of mountain biking, 545 km of riding, 15,508m of elevation gain, several hours on the saddle (bike) each day…

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