Taupo perfect for cycle challenge


It was a picture perfect day in Taupo as 8,500 enthusiastic cyclists descended on New Zealand’s largest lake for the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. 

Beautiful sunny skies, a great atmosphere and good keen participants combined to make the 2012 event a memorable one and a great advertisement for what has become New Zealand’s premier cycling event.


Twelve event categories were offered to competitors, with spectacular results coming from the high flyers in each category. Indeed it was a record setting day in the Women’s 100km Road Race, with Rushlee Buchanan winning in a record time of 2:44:51, beating the previous best by a whopping ten minutes!


The 160km Men’s Classic Race was taken out by Tour of Southland winner Mike Northey with a time of 3:45:14, closely followed by team mate Matthew Cronshaw. Last year’s winner Michael Torckler was not far behind either, finishing in 3:46:46.





Current New Zealand champion and recent Olympian Karen Hanlen was the first female home in the Contact Huka mountain bike challenge, while Rotorua’s Sam Shaw took out the men’s event.


Although the event does attract many elite level athletes, it is predominantly a non–competitive event with the majority of participants taking part in the 160km circumnavigation of the lake or as a team in one of the many relay options.


Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge’s vibrant atmosphere is a big part of what keeps participants coming back to the event year after year and 2012 did not disappoint.  With everything from bag pipes out on the course to acoustic music and rock n roll on the stage, the sounds of this event were a perfect compliment to the wonderful sights on display to the riders. 

The glistening Lake Taupo, plus the attractive, lively town centre and enthusiastic support from locals and visitors make the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge a special event in a wonderful location.


With so many amazing outdoor activities located in and around Taupo, many participants opt to arrive a little earlier or stay a little longer to experience all of what Taupo has to offer. From skydiving or jet boating to playing golf or hiking, the Taupo area presents golden opportunities at every turn for the outdoor adventure inclined person.


The event will take place again on the 30th November 2013, so for a great weekend in a great town, start planning to be a part of New Zealand’s great ride, the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. 

24th November 2012
New Zealand
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