18 Ways to Take On the Contact Lake Taupo Challenge

Lake Taupo Cycle ChallengeIt’s New Zealand’s largest cycling event and best-known for its 160km one-lap circumnavigation of Lake Taupo. But if a 160km ride sounds like too much – or too little(!) – there are plenty of other ways to take part in the Contact Lake Taupo Challenge. Here are the entry categories for the 2015 event, which takes place on Saturday 28 November:

Not up for the full circuit of the lake? Enter the 80km Half the Lake category.

Want to ride with your mates or work colleagues? The Relay event is open to teams of two, three or four riders. If you want to cross the finish line altogether, choose the Accumulator Relay category.

Got a bicycle made for two? There’s a 160km Tandem category!

Want something easy-going? Or maybe you’ve never entered an event before and want to ease into the scene gently? The 16km Lakesider is for you.

Extreme athlete? Choose from a 320km double circuit of Lake Taupo or a 640km four lap circuit.

Mountain bikers have a number of categories to choose from. The MTB events take place on the Waikato River Course and the Craters MTB Park in Warakei Forrest. There’s an 85km event, a 60km event and a 35km event.

Pro riders have their own elite categories. (Entrants must hold a current National Racing Licence.)

And don’t leave the kids at home because they have their own event: the 5km Kids Heart Ride.

For full details of each of these categories and to register, head to the Contact Lake Taupo Challenge website.

Need a bike for the Challenge?

We’ve got two great deals available:

2-day Performance Road Bike Hire ($100), event insurance ($10), bike relocation to and from Taupo ($80) = $190 (normally $300).
2-day Specialized Sirrus Hire ($75), event insurance($10), bike relocation to and from Taupo( $80) = $165 (normally $275).

You’ll be able to pick up your bikes in Taupo on Friday from late morning/noon (we’ll make sure they’re fitting you right) and return on Saturday after the event. Drop us an email to reserve your bike today.

Have a great week,
Andrew Hunt