Our Who and Why

We’re the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, one of NZ’s biggest annual sport participation events.

Our mission is for Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge to be the people’s choice that offers something for everyone and is known as a well-organised, fun, safe event that puts participants at the forefront of everything. Bringing together family, friends, and community, we believe the Cycle Challenge caters to all - from the absolute beginner, the weekend warrior through to the elite athlete, as well as the dedicated supporter.

In its 40 year history, the Cycle Challenge has become that favourite jersey or t-shirt that gets worn on the last Saturday of November each and every year. Our event is hosted by the communities of Taupo, and allows us to showcase the beautiful and unique Taupo region to a wide variety of people from around NZ, and abroad. 

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is managed and delivered by a small team of proud locals who feel honoured and privileged to be involved with such a large-scale, world-class event. We’ve developed over 4 decades, and have grown from grass roots to one of New Zealand’s most iconic sporting occasions. We are genuinely proud of what the event has become, and are committed to its future success.

We generate the largest economic impact of any event in the Taupo region, and arguably New Zealand. Owned by a Charitable Trust, and governed by a Rotary-appointed Board, all surpluses are injected back into the community, benefitting a number of worthy groups and organisations.

Our aim is that our valued event participants see Cycle Challenge as being innovative, aspirational, inclusive, challenging yet achievable, and quite simply, the best event of its kind.

The Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge team