Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

From its humble beginnings in 1977 with just 26 participants, the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge has grown into NZ’s largest and premier cycling occasion, with around 7,500 riders from across New Zealand and over 20 countries across the globe taking part each year!

The Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is held on the last Saturday of every November around the pristine and picturesque Lake Taupo.

With a vision of creating an inspiring event experience for everyone, it provides cyclists, as well as anyone interested in physical activity, the flexibility to choose a ride distance which best suits their cycling ability and aspiration, with options to ride either as a team, a group, a family or as an individual.

Accompanying the already popular road and mountain-bike categories, the introduction of the all new 40km Quarter Lake on road event option (taking in the final 40km of the course), complements the iconic 160km Round The Lake and 80km Half The Lake category options.

There are also incentives for both groups and families to join the ride.
This variety makes the Taupo event a real social occasion. The events prize giving has a definite party atmosphere, and with spot prizes like a brand new Holden car up for grabs, no one wants to miss the occasion.

See the entire 160km circuit captured in a fast forward video.

Here are some interesting facts about the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge:

  • Each year, up to 500 international riders from 20 different countries take part
  • Around 50% of riders come from either Auckland or Wellington
  • It’s Huka Mountain Bike categories take place on trails awarded by the IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) as a Silver Ride Centre

If you’re planning your travel to the Taupo event, be sure to check out the i-SITES for things to do in Taupo and accommodation pages of our website. 

The Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge can be entered online here from 1 July every year. The Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge website is a wealth of information on the course, training, event facilities, event weekend entertainment, visitor information, things to do in Taupo and more. 

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