event date: Saturday 29 November 2014
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Contact Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge 2014

New Zealand’s benchmark cycling event, hosted in beautiful Lake Taupō NZ


Riding New Zealand’s benchmark cycling event begins with a single turn of a pedal and every year thousands come to give one of the 18 event categories a go, crack a personal best and spend a day riding around Australasia’s largest lake. Join with people from 20 countries around the Globe and make 2014 your Cycle Challenge year!

Whether you’re a weekend rider, an elite or enduro, a mountain bike enthusiast, cycle the café circuit with your mates, looking for some family fun, or a weekend away with the girls, this event has a ride for everyone – long distance, short distance, on road or off – it’s a challenge and it’s achievable and you’ll find an event that suits your cycling style best.

As a UCI Golden Bike Event, the Contact Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge is one of the six best recreational rides in the world! And in its 38th year, this event is super-well organised. Safety is paramount, fun essential and the views, on road and off, are stunning.

If you’re a Mountain Biker, you’ll be impressed that our events MTB trails are one of two in the Southern Hemisphere to be awarded Silver Ride Centre status by the International Mountain Bike Association.

Participating in the Contact Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge is a brilliant excuse for a long weekend away for the entire family. Taupō offers wonderful hospitality as well as excellent shopping, fine dining, fabulous cafes, great walks and more.

Taupō’s community gets right behind the event whether you’re a participant or supporter you’ll feel especially welcome. It’s called manaakitanga, unique New Zealand hospitality and Taupō does it very well.

Enter online now, www.cyclechallenge.com and follow us at facebook.com/cyclechallenge. We’re posting cycling tips, training advice as well as blogs from other riders gearing up for the event and you can check out our incredible prize pool thanks to our wonderful event partners.

Proceeds from the event are returned to a range of community projects. Heart Kids NZ (http://www.heartnz.org.nz) is the official charity and people are encouraged to support them by fundraising leading up to the event.