The Pioneer New Zealand. Epic mountain bike race. Epic scenery. Epic cause. I have been fortunate these past two years to be a part of something extremely special, and to have done some incredible events with Team PHenomenal Hope. Events that you prepare for. Events that make you push yourself to new limits, and events that make you discover something new about yourself. Yet even in the context of the past two years, this race definitely stands out as something truly memorable.
The Pioneer was more than a race. On its most basic level, it was about getting from start to finish, getting across the mountains, and being alive. It was about seizing the day, embracing the beauty and challenge of the Southern Alps of New Zealand, and riding further, longer, better than you’ve ever ridden. It was about confronting human limitations and rising above them. On another level, it was about connecting, it was about shining a spotlight on a condition few knew of, and forging new friendships, realizing that we are not alone – not in our fight against pulmonary hypertension nor when we are trying to make it up one more climb, then another, then another.
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