The Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is New Zealand’s largest cycling event and the world’s largest cycling relay. One of the reasons the iconic Cycle Challenge is so popular is the wide range of events available to participants of varying abilities and fitness levels including the Solo 160km around Lake Taupo, road and mountain bike relays, mountain bike challenges, separate Men’s and Women’s races, corporate challenges, Enduro events (2, 4 and 8 laps of the lake) and the @Heart ride for kids.
The Cycle Challenge regularly attracts in excess of 10,000 riders and, in 2006, was admitted to the prestigious UCI Golden Bike Series, gaining recognition as being one of the world’s top six rides. It also makes up one of the events in BikeNZ’s brand new Summer Series.
All the challenges are based around Lake Taupo & the surrounding area. The main start & finish is on Tongariro Street, Taupo with all pre & post-event activities on Event day taking place on the Tongariro North Domain & the adjacent Great Lake Centre.