Our Who and Why
We’re the BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge team, and we feel privileged to be tasked with delivering one of NZ’s biggest annual sport participation events. We are motivated by our passion for showcasing the beauty of Taupo and its roads and trails, celebrating the joy of riding, building a community of riders, putting smiles on people’s faces, and providing the best event experience we can.
Our mission is for BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge to be an event that offers something for everyone and inspires people to push their personal limits and challenge themselves. We want our event to stand out from other events and be known as a well-organised, fun, safe event that puts participants at the forefront of everything. 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 43 year history, the Cycle Challenge has become an iconic event that has touched the hearts of generations. We are here to ensure that this event lives on and has a special place in the hearts and minds of Kiwis and Internationals alike for future generations.
The BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is managed and delivered by a small team of proud locals who are honoured to be involved with this world-class event. This event has 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. 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 the Cycle Challenge as being innovative, aspirational, inclusive, challenging yet achievable, and quite simply, the best event of its kind.
The BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge team
The BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge will this year celebrate its 44th event. From its humble beginnings in 1977 with just 26 participants, the event has grown into NZ’s premier and largest cycling event, with around 5,000 riders from across New Zealand and the globe, taking part each year!
In 2015 the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge was awarded Best NZ Owned Major Event by the NZ Association of Event Professionals.
Originally owned and operated by the Taupo Cycling Club, the bike event was taken over by the Rotary Club and Taupo nui–a-Tia College in 1994. This marked the beginning of a massive expansion for the event. This leadership saw the introduction of initiatives such as the relay, endurance rides, major spot prizes and bike races for professional riders.
Now solely owned and organised by the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge Trust, the event returns significant proceeds back to the local community through the Lake Taupo Rotary Club. Each year, approximately $100,000 is donated to various volunteer groups who assist on the day, and event surpluses (ie. event profits) are distributed to the local community, through the Lake Taupo Rotary Club Charitable Trust.
The famous 160km 'Round the Lake' - a one lap circumnavigation of Lake Taupo - is just one of 12 event categories on offer. There are both Road and Mountain Bike options for individuals and teams, catering to all levels of cycling and fitness abilities.
With events like BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, Taupo is considered the Cycling Capital and Events Capital of New Zealand.
LTCC in the community
LTCC is a not-for-profit event. It is owned and organised by the Rotary Club of Lake Taupo and involves over 800 local volunteers belonging to 29 groups who provide much-needed support to the participants throughout the weekend, and help the event to retain a unique community feel.
Over $1.9 million has been distributed to community and charitable groups from Cycle Challenge proceeds over the past 18 years. According to research, BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge injects an estimated $7.4 million into the Taupo economy every year.