event date: Saturday 26 November 2016
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Event Information

Event Information

Get clued up about the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

Event Date:
This year’s Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge will be held on Saturday 26th November.

Online entries will be open from 1 July to 21 November 2016.

Event Terms and Conditions:
Terms and Conditions 2015 2016 terms and conditions TBC

Event Locations:
All categories are based around Lake Taupo and the surrounding area. The main start and finish is on Tongariro Street, Taupo with all pre- and post-event activities on event day will take place at the Event Village on Tongariro North Domain and the adjacent Great Lake Centre.

Waste Management:
This year our event partner DB, along with Greenshoot Pacific and The Public Places Recycling Scheme (PPRS) will have zero waste ambassadors on site over event weekend to help you be a tidy kiwi and dispose of your waste correctly. They’ll be located at marked bin stations on event and will show you which waste items go in which bin to avoid waste contamination.

Welcome Guide:
Everything you will need to know about event day and getting here. The 2015 Welcome guide  is available for your reference. The 2016 Welcome Guide will be produced in October and advertised here.

Timing Device

Requests for adjustments or additions to official timing as a result of damage or incorrectly fitting  the timing device will incurr a $20 charge.

Further Event Information

Event Registration

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.

Late Entries

Late Entries:
Late entries can be made at Event Registration, Great Lake Centre, Tongariro Street, Taupo:
Friday 25 November 10am – 10pm only (NOT available on Saturday)

  • An additional fee of $20 applies to all late entries except for Elite races. An additional $5 fee applies to the Kids Heart Ride and Lakesider.
  • All late entry bibs will be handwritten.

How to Get Here

Download the route map for entry into Taupo and for Taupo Parking Map.

Please note: When you travel to our event or any bike event and put your bikes on a rack at the rear of your vehicle, you must not cover your vehicle licence plate. For information regarding supplementary number plates visit NZTA.


Safety is paramount. We strive to continually improve our  event in order to ensure that it is as safe as possible, but we need your help!

We ask all entrants to abide by the following rules:

  • You must have had your bike and helmet checked before coming to the event.
  • NO ACCOMPANYING VEHICLES ARE NECESSARY OR ALLOWED ON THE COURSE; riders using such vehicles may be disqualified from the event.
  • Obey the course marshals’ directions – they are for your safety.
  • Do not ride on aero bars when you are in a bunch.
  • If you anticipate riding in a bunch then read our Bunch Riding notes here.
  • Practice riding in a bunch so you know how it works.
  • All traffic laws must be obeyed. Police traffic safety officers will be patrolling the course.
  • There are many precautions that we take to make your ride a safe one, but remember that the entire course takes place on public roads and are open to all traffic.
  • Electronic Timing: All entrants are issued with a bike sticker with a timing strip already attached, which you stick around your bike seat post. This strip electronically records your time as you cross the start and finish lines and as relay riders exit interchange points. These are disposable and do not need to be returned.


Free Bike and Helmet Checks

Your bike must be in a safe condition for the ride.  These bike stores offer a Bike and Helmet free check.  Note that this does not include any parts or labour needed to repair your bike. This great service courtesy of Bike Barn is available to entrants in the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge only, so you must present your registration confirmation.

Please prepare your bike in good time.

Course Services

All road surfaces are sealed, are of a good national standard and the entire course is well sign-posted and marshalled. Police traffic safety officers patrol the course. The following course services are provided:

  • There are 11 water stops around the lake, plus one at the finish line and 3 on the mountain bike course.
    Peakfuel hydration is available at all relay interchanges, and second half of the road course – Kuratau Look Out water stop, Waihi Hill water stop, Motuoapa water stop, Hatepe Hill water stop, finish line, massage marquee and MTB water stop. Click here for the course map
  • Portaloos are available at all relay interchanges & drink stations
  • Rubbish bins are available at all relay interchanges & drink stations
  • Bike mechanics are located at all relay interchanges
  • Sag wagons
  • St. John ambulance services

Drop Bags

You can use your Event Bag as a drop bag in which you can leave gear at the start, relay interchange points or Half the Lake start. Your bag will be brought back to Taupo for you to collect later. These are delivered to the Drop Bag return point in Riverside Park. See event map for it’s location.

NOTE: We are unable to move bags from the start to the relay interchange points, or between the relay interchange points.

Bibs, Number Plates & Over Caps – Who’s Who?

Bib numbers for all categories will be sent to you after your online registration is complete.

Bike Barn Solo 
Bib Number 1 – 6599
Colour White

Bib Number 6600 – 6699
Colour White

Kids Heart Ride
Bib Number 6700 – 6999
Colour Peach

Huka Challenge
Bib Number 7000 – 7999
Colour Purple

Huka Steamer
Bib Number 8000-8499
Colour Brown

Huka Cruiser
Bib Number 8500 – 8999
Colour Green

Holden Men’s Classic Race
Bib Number 9000 – 9199
Colour Red

Women’s Road Race
Bib Number 9200 – 9299
Colour Red

Huka XL Race
Bib Number 9300 – 9399
Colour Red

Bib Number 9600 – 9799
Colour Blue

Maxi Enduro
Bib Number 9800 – 9899
Colour Violet

Extreme Enduro
Bib Number 9900 – 9999
Colour Yellow

Half The Lake 80km
Bib Number 10000-11999
Colour Black

4 Person Relay
Bib Number 13000 – 13999
Colour Green

2 Person Relay
Bib Number 14000-14999

3 person Relay Bib number 15000-15999

Bib numbers 12500 – 12999
Colour Orange

Bib number   12000- 12449


Cadence Club Bibs

  • Bronze completed 10+ events
  • Silver completed 15+ events
  • Gold completed 20+ events
  • Diamond completed 25+ events

Bike Barn Solo
Start Group Helmet Sticker Dots:

  • 1 – Yellow
  • 2 – Black
  • 3 – Green
  • 4 – Purple
  • W1 – Pink
  • 5 – Orange
  • 6 – Maroon
  • 7 – Blue
  • W2 – Red
  • 8 – White
  • 9 – White

Over Caps:

  • Enduro – Yellow
  • Maxi Enduro – Pink
  • Extreme Enduro – Green