Prizes & Awards

Prize Giving

Prizes for the 2017 event are TBC


2016 Major Prizes

Main prize giving: 6pm Saturday 26th November, Event Village, Tongariro North Domain, Taupo. Major spot prizes, trophies and awards are presented at prize giving.



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Holden Trax LTZ 1.4 iTi - valued at $36,990 + ORC

Life should be fun, right? Spontaneous; unexpected. And definitely never dull.
With the Holden Trax, getting there is half the fun; the latest technology keeps you
connected to your life, while you drive in comfort and style. The top-of-the-range LTZ with 1.4L iTi turbo engine takes sporty driving to the next level. As you hit the accelerator, you'll feel immediate satisfaction from the spirited turbo-charged engine as the responsive handling hugs the road at every bend and curve.



2 x 10 day Traillite campervan holiday rentals – valued at $5,000 each.

Jump in the driver’s seat and discover New Zealand at your own pace with a 10 Day TrailLite motorhome holiday valued at $5000. TrailLite has been helping Kiwis get on the road to freedom since 1954 and prides itself on its Kiwi craftsmanship and service.

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7 Night Trip for two to Niue Island – valued at $4,000

Just a 3 hour flight from Auckland, Niue Island offers a unique South Pacific holiday.

With caves, chasms and sandy coves to discover, well-maintained tropical bush tracks to cycle along, plus world-class snorkelling, diving and fishing, Niue is the perfect place to getaway and explore, or simply choose to relax.

This fantastic prize includes:

·      Return airfares for two flying Air New Zealand, between any Air New Zealand serviced airport in New Zealand and Niue

·      7 nights in an Ocean Room at Scenic Matavai Resort,  including airport transfers and tropical continental breakfast daily

·      7 days hire of mountain bikes for two

·      Entry for two into Round the Rock 2017, the annual cycle event on Niue

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BH Easy Go Race E bike - Valued at $1999.99.

Cool, simple, lightweight and subtle. This bike is great for short commutes with the battery hidden in the seat bag, it still has 4 levels of pedal assist and will look the part in any trendy café landscape while giving you all the help you require.

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Tissot T-Race MotoGP 2016 Quartz Chronograph - Valued at $1900.00 each

The Tissot T-Race MotoGPTM Limited Edition 2016 portraying the depth of the partnership between Tissot and MotoGP. It features a carbon effect dial, on top of which various anthracite details give it its rich design.
This watch has the precision of the Timekeeper and the illustrations of the bikes with the counters that resemble the bike dashboard, a brake-disk bezel, tyre tread on the back of the bracelet all the way to a rear suspension rode in the bracelet’s attachment to the case.


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The Outback Odyssey – An Epic Cycling AdventureTotal -Value $1430

1 x Mini Mawson #3 for one person to the 2017 Outback Odyssey including bus transfers. Ever dreamed of cycling over 900 kilometres through the Australian Outback?  Well here’s your chance.
Bicycle SA’s spectacular ride – The Outback Odyssey – is one hell of an adventure. This epic ride will take you through the Australian Outback, as you ride the Mawson trail all the way from Adelaide to the Flinders Ranges – tracing some of South Australia’s most beautiful scenery along the way.
It’s tough stuff but every pedal is worth it. The ride is fully supported, so all you have to do is pedal. We keep you fed and the campsite is your home away from home - hot showers, massages  and a place where you can put your feet up and enjoy a coldie and good company.
Ride for the full 16 days, or choose shorter 5, 6 or 7 day options.

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Merida Big Seven 500 bike – valued at $1199.99

The Merida Big Seven 500 is a hardtail mountain bike designed for cross country and trail riders with all the benefits of the new 27.5 inch wheels. Aimed at the off road user who is just starting out, the Merida Big Seven 500 features Shimano brakes and gears triple butted alloy in the frames which makes them more rigid while still being light.

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Merida Crossway 500 bike – valued at $999.99

The Merida Crossway 500 is an awesome hybrid bike that is perfect for a relaxed ride along a bike path right through to the occasional off-road adventure. The lightweight alloy frame provides a riding position that offers a great balance of efficiency, comfort, stability and handling. Shimano Deore components offer responsive shifting performance, and the front and rear hydraulic disc brakes give excellent stopping power in any conditions.. 


Lakesider Prize 2016

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Pascoes The Jewellers $500 Gift Card   

Treat yourself or someone special at Pascoes The Jewellers with a $500 gift card! With our huge range of quality jewellery and top brand watches you will be spoilt for choice

Spot Prizes T & C's

Major spot prizes for the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge are drawn at Prize Giving and you must be present at Prize Giving to claim the prize. Minor spot prizes are drawn and collected at Registration.

To be eligible for the major spot prizes you must …

  • Enter the event
  • Be present in person at Prize Giving
  • Indicate your presence on the domain within 30 seconds of your number being drawn
  • Provide identification if requested

No one can win more than one major spot prize.

There will be a re-draw for any prize not claimed after 30 seconds.


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Ultimo Dress Up Competition

Celebrate 40 years of Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge by dressing up for your ride! Be in to win $500 worth of Ultimo Kiwi-made custom cyclewear. To celebrate 40 years since the first challenge in 1977 this year the focus is on the 70’s.
Be in to win: Send Ultimo your photos in what you’ll be wearing on event day!
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Elite Prizes

Keith Crate Cup

Keith Crate Cup is awarded to the Holden Men’s Classic Race winner on the podium immediately after the race.

Walter de Bont Cup

Walter de Bont Cup is awarded to the Women’s Classic Race winner on the podium immediately after the race.

Joe Mickelson Cup & Lockwood Cup

Joe Mickelson Cup (male) and Lockwood Cup (female) awarded to winners of the Contact Huka XL Race on the podium immediately after race finish.


Dan Dunne Awards

The Dan Dunne Award is for that special person who rides the Cycle Challenge ‘against the odds’. It is awarded annually to a cyclist who overcomes hardship and adversity to complete the Cycle Challenge. Dan Dunne completed the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge in 1996 after struggling for some time with life-threatening cancer. Dan and his family became friends and active supporters of the Cycle Challenge and after Dan’s death his family dedicated a trophy to his memory. We are proud to be part of this annual award, and hope that we live up to Dan’s memory each year as we choose a worthy recipient. Nominations for the Dan Dunne Award can be made using the form below and handed in to the Information marquee on Event Day before 1pm.

Nomination forms are also available from the Information marquee on Event Day.

Nomination Form

Matthew Dryden Memorial Cup

Awarded to the most promising young cyclist, this cup is in memory of promising young cyclist Matthew Dryden who died tragically in 2005 aged 14 years.

Fred Ogle Award

This award is for a ‘Good Samaritan’ act during the event. The award is in memory of Northland cyclist Fred Ogle who was killed in 2008. Fred was a regular entrant.

Nomination forms are available from the Information marquee  on Event Day and must be submitted before 4pm.

Nomination Form

Debbie Jaine Award

The Debbie Jaine Award is awarded to the first Taupo female in the Huka XL or Huka Challenge.

Debbie was an active member of the Taupo Mountain Bike Club for many years and helped build a lot of the tracks that we ride now and which are part of the Huka Challenge. She was one of the original cyclists that rode around the lake with Walter DeBont, spending most of the day doing it. 25 years later she cycled around again, completing the challenge after undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Sadly Debbie lost her battle with cancer in July 2009.