Today online entry into The Pioneer MTB stage race in New Zealand opened.
It is a qualifying event to the Cape Epic and is essentially a very similar event. Think 2 up stage race with camping, awesome single track, huge numbers of participants.
My gripe this year however is the enormous price hike in entry fees. Almost up $1000 from $2500 last year to $3400 per rider this year. That’s $6800 per team of two!
Does anyone else feel like the sport of MTB is selling out to big companies ( in this case “Ironman”) and racing bikes is becoming a pastime for dentists @Jonathan and sponsored professionals?
Interested to know if anyone has had similar concerns and what we might be able to do to keep a sport “grounded” and accessible to all people and not just the financially elite. @Nate_Pearson