2016 Welcome Guide
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Great Lake Centre, Tongariro Street, Taupo
Friday 25 November 10am – 10pm
Saturday 26 November 6am – 8am
Event packs with ride numbers and timing tags built into the bike tags and plates must be collected from Event Registration between the above times.
You must bring your confirmation email with you to Event Registration to collect your event pack.
All minor spot prizes are drawn at Registration.
All categories are based around Lake Taupo and the surrounding area. The finish line is on Tongariro Street, Taupo and all pre- and post-event activities on event day will take place at the Event Village on Tongariro North Domain and the adjacent Great Lake Centre.
All entrants are issued with a bike sticker or plate with a timing strip already attached, which you stick around your bike seat post or cable tie to your MTB bike. This strip electronically records your time as you cross the start and finish lines. These are disposable and do not need to be returned.
All road surfaces are sealed, are of a good national standard and the entire course is well sign-posted and marshalled. Police traffic safety officers patrol the course. The following course services are provided:
There are 9 water stops around the lake, plus one at the finish line and 3 on the mountain bike course.
Hydration is available at Half the Lake and Quarter Lake start points, and second half of the road course – Kuratau Look Out water stop, Waihi Hill water stop, Motuoapa water stop, Hatepe Hill water stop, finish line, massage marquee and MTB water stops.
- Portaloos are available at all start points & drink stations
- Rubbish bins are available at all start points & drink stations
- Three rubbish drop zones on road course
- Bike mechanics are located at all start points
- Sag wagons
- St. John ambulance services
Air New Zealand
Due to the size and compact nature of regional turboprop aircraft operating Air New Zealand services to Taupo from Auckland, all oversize items such as bicycles are carried subject to hold space availability and acceptance of any piece of oversize baggage cannot be guaranteed until the day of travel. If your bicycle is unable to be accommodated on the service you have booked, it will be sent on the next available flight with sufficient hold capacity. The item will then be held at the airport for collection at your convenience.
Alternatively, you may prefer to utilise Rotorua as your gateway for the event. Air New Zealand offers services to Rotorua from Wellington and Christchurch with larger turboprop aircraft than the equipment that operates our Taupo routes. Rotorua flights are not exempt from some restrictions relating to the carriage of oversize items however the larger capacity aircraft that operate Air New Zealand services from Wellington and Christchurch to Rotorua do facilitate the transport of a greater number of oversize items per flight than can be accommodated through Taupo. If you would like to contact Air New Zealand directly at Taupo Airport please email us.
Sounds Air operate daily flights between Wellington & Taupo. Each aircraft accommodates 9 passengers and can carry up to 3 bikes. Bikes must be in bike bags. If you are using Sounds Air to travel to the event please contact them to confirm transportation of your bike. Due to cargo limits bikes may need to be transported to Taupo earlier in the week.
Great Lake Shuttles is a great option for getting yourself and your bike from Taupo or Rotorua Airport. Give Peter Hart a call on 021 656 424 or visit their website.
This year our event partner DB, along with Greenshoot Pacific and The Public Places Recycling Scheme (PPRS) will have zero waste ambassadors on site over event weekend to help you be a tidy kiwi and dispose of your waste correctly. They’ll be located at marked bin stations on event and will show you which waste items go in which bin to avoid waste contamination.
Your Event Bag can be used as a drop bag in which you can leave gear at all starts. Attach your numbered Drop Bag sticker to your event bag and place the bag in designated collection areas at your start. These are delivered to the Drop Bag return point in The Event Village for you to collect when you finish your ride. See Event Village map for it’s location.
(NB There is no drop bag service for Kids Heart and Lakesider events)
Bib numbers for all categories will be emailed to you once your online registration is complete.
|Round the Lake||1 - 6599||White|
|Tandem||6600 - 6599||White|
|Kids Heart Ride||6700 - 6699||Peach|
|Huka Challenge||7000 - 7999||Purple|
|Huka Steamer||8000 - 8499||Brown|
|Huka Teaser||8500 - 8999||Green|
|Holden Men's Classic Race||9000 - 9199||Red|
|Women's Classic Race||9200 - 9299||Red|
|Huka XL Race||9300 - 9399||Red|
|Enduro||9600 - 9799||Blue|
|Maxi Enduro||9800 - 9899||Violet|
|Extreme Enduro||9900 - 9999||Orange|
|Half the Lake||10000 - 11999||Red|
|Quarter Lake||12000 - 13999||Yellow|
|Lakesider||14000 - 14499||Pink|
|Cadence Club Bibs|
|Bronze||Completed 10+ Events|
|Silver||Completed 15+ Events|
|Gold||Completed 20+ Events|
|Diamond||Completed 25+ Events|
Round the Lake
|Start Group Helmet Sticker Dots:|
Poihipi Road from SH1 to Whangamata Road and all of Whangamata Road from 6.55am to 10.30am. Only emergency and event vehicles will be on these roads at that time.This will affect not only residents on that road but all the feeder roads. We regret the inconvenience caused and hope you can overcome the closure by scheduling earlier or later travel plans. The route to town via the East Taupo Arterial can still be made, similarly the route via Acacia Bay. Western Bays SH32 will be open but thousands of cyclists will be riding so progress will be slow. If you do have an emergency situation a 111 call will still respond.
Road closures in Taupo Township:
Click here it see the road closure map