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Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

November 25 2017
Taupo, New Zealand

Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is NZ’s largest cycling event. Around 8,000 riders from across New Zealand and over 20 countries across the globe take part each year. Will you be among them for our 40th anniversary in 2016?

The Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is best known for its 160-km Bike Barn Solo, the one-lap circumnavigation of Lake Taupo, but this is just one of 18 categories on offer, with both road cycling and mountain bike options for individuals and groups, catering to all levels of cycling and fitness abilities.

Whether you’re a keen cyclist, a mountain biker, cycle the café circuit with your mates, looking for some family fun, an excuse for a get together with the girls, or just a great weekend away, there’s something for everyone.

We’re proud to have recently won Best New Zealand Owned Major Event, awarded by the NZAEP (New Zealand Association of Event Professionals). You’ve already told us we’re a well organised event and the judges agreed saying ‘ This is a great example of a long term regional and internationally performing event, that demonstrates meticulous event management practises and has a sound vision and strategy’.

NZ’s premier bike event is on the last Saturday in November and there are plenty of prestigious prizes up for grabs, so mark 26 November 2016 in your diary, and we’ll see you here.

Routes: 80, 160km
Difficulty of Greatest Route: D - Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills
What's Included?

Chance to win spot prizes at Registration and major spot prizes at Prize Giving
Online entry
Online results
Regular email updates
Welcome Guide
Electronic timing
Bike & Bus transport FREE of charge for relay riders
Drop bag service
Bike mechanical support around the course
First aid cover from St. John Ambulance
Water and hydration stations on the course
Sport & Lifestyle Expo
Cadence Club (10, 15, 20 event participation recognition)
Personalised online magazine post event
Free Bike and Helmet checks at Bike Barn stores nationwide
Free training programmes
Secure bike park facilities
Unique opportunities from our sponsors
Live updates on event day

Packet Pickups

Great Lake Centre, Tongariro Street, Taupo
Friday 25 November 10am – 10pm
Saturday 26 November 6am – 8am

Event packs with ride numbers and timing tags built into the bike tags must be collected from Event Registration between the above times.
You must print and bring your confirmation email with your bib number to Event Registration to collect your event pack.
Event packs for relay teams should be collected by one team member.
All minor spot prizes are drawn at Registration.

Prize / Race Categories

Bike Barn Solo – 160km lap of the lake
Half the Lake – 80km second half of the lake
2, 3 & 4 person Relay – 40km,80km,120km legs
Accumulator – 4 person Progressive Relay
Tandem – 160km, 2 on a tandem bike
Kids Heart Ride – 5km Lakefront ride
Lakesider – 16km lakefront trail ride
Barfoot & Thompson Enduro – 320km – 2 laps
Barfoot & Thompson Maxi Enduro -640km -4 laps
Barfoot & Thompson Extreme Enduro – 1280km – 8 laps
Contact Huka MTB Challenge – Approx 85km
Contact Huka MTB Steamer – Approx 60km
Contact Huka MTB Cruiser – Approx 35km
Contact Huka MTB XL – 85km Elite Race
Holden Men’s Classic – 160km Elite Race
Women’s Road Race – 100km Elite Race
Friday Night Criterium – Mens & womens elite Races

Start Address: Taupo, New Zealand
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