14th Nov

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The 320km Enduro is a 2 lap journey of Australasia’s largest lake, using the same course as the cornerstone event of the BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, the 160km Bike Barn Round the Lake.

Kicking off at 1:30am in the evening and taking on average around 13 ½ hours to complete the two loops of the lake, each lap of the course takes you from the centre of the beautiful town of Taupo. Moments after leaving the stunning township you’ll be riding through beautiful Waikato farmland and steam fields along Poihipi Road.

From there it’s onto State Highway 32 past the Tihoi pub. Be prepared for the numerous undulations on this stretch of road particularly the likes of Waihaha Hill and its false summit. Don’t forget to check out the stunning Waihaha River / Pikopiko Stream as you whizz past.

Take care as you do a left hand turn on to State Highway 41 then grind your way up the infamous Waihi Hill, take in the spectacular lake views at the top of the Waihi Hill then roll down the other side into Turangi and onto SH1.

You now have the length of the lake to tame, with the infamous Hatepe Hill coming up. This section of the course is the most scenic so make sure you have enough left in the tank to be able to take a bit of time to look up and appreciate the beauty of Bulli Point and its surrounding as the road winds along right next to the Lake.

With a bit of luck once you conquer Hatepe Hill the wind will be at your back, but if not expect to have a battle on your hands as you make your push past the airport and along the stunning lakefront before doing it all again, and celebrating the finish line, and the achievement of having conquered two laps of Lake Taupo.


Start Time 1:30am Saturday 14th November
Start Line Redoubt Street, Taupo
Finish Line Tongariro Street, next to Taupo’s Great Lake Centre
Registration Friday from 10am till 9pm Registration Tent If due to an emergency or unforeseen circumstances you have not collected your registration pack by 9:00pm, you will need to collect it at the Enduro start area from 12:45am – 1:00am.

Course Profile


Welcome and congratulations for entering one of the multi lap distances for the 2019 Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.  Completing two or four laps of this spectacular course is an amazing achievement!   

Although the event is timed, our first measure of success is your safe completion of the event.

The following information is designed to help make your challenge safe and enjoyable. Please read before entering the event and contact BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge if you have any questions.


Weather Conditions

Taupo is approximately 370 metres above sea level.  Temperatures can be warm or be as cold as 0 degrees during the event.  Adding the wind chill factor means it can be even colder.  Be prepared for cold conditions by taking appropriate clothing such as thermals and wind and rain barriers.


Food and Water

The only shops on the course are in Tihoi and Turangi.  From 7:00am Saturday there will be numerous aid stations throughout the course offering water and electrolyte drinks.  All other nutritional needs must be supplied by the rider.



All Enduro events will be electronically timed.



The Maxi Enduro (4 lap) is a qualifying ride for entry into the Race Across America.  For more information on qualifying criteria please refer to www.raceacrossamerica.org


Reminder of General Entrant Participation rule #13. 

13.    Disqualification from the Event

13.1. Any entrant who, in the opinion of the organisers, fails to comply with the event terms and conditions may be disqualified from the event. Disqualification will result in the offender’s name being completely removed from the event database, including from the prize draw, and may result in a refusal, by the event organisers, to accept entry to future BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge events. No refund will be granted.

Reminder of General Entrant Participation rule #16.  

16.3  These terms and condititions are binding on entrants relatives, personal representatives, support crew, heirs and successors.


Course Description

The Enduro event complete two full laps of the lake which is approximately 320km using the Poihipi/Marotiri loop. Last year the winning male time was 9 hours 33 minutes. The winning female time was 10 hours 11 minutes.

Note that at the end of lap one, riders must take a specific route through the Taupo town centre (to avoid the large masses of Solo starters on Tongariro St) and will pass a timing beam either at the Caltex or finish line.  All 2 lap Enduro riders will finish at the main finish line on Tongariro St.






Friday 10:00am – 9:00pm


Registration Tent, Tongariro Domain

Saturday 1:20am

Briefing and gear check

Redoubt Street, Taupo

Saturday 1:30am


Redoubt Street, Taupo

Saturday 9:00pm

Final cut off

Anywhere on the course



Registration for collection of Enduro packs is from 10:00am to 9:00pm on Friday. If due to an emergency or unforeseen circumstances you have not collected your registration pack by 9:00pm, you will need to collect it at the Enduro start area from 12:45am – 1:00am.


EVENT SUPPORT (supplied by LTCC)

-          Lead vehicle on lap one to Pohipi Rd /Marotiri Rd intersection

-          Support and Gear (SAG) wagon and bike mechanic first lap only

-          Electronic timing

-          Race communications support for the duration of your event

-          On course safety official during the hours of darkness


Sag Wagon/Tail End Charlie

A SAG wagon is provided for the first lap then full event services will be on course from 6am – 7pm Saturday.  The SAG wagon will lead riders to the corner of Poihipi and Marotiri Road to indicate the turn off point it will wait there until all riders have gone through and will then tail the field until the end of the first lap.


All of the BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge Event Terms and Conditions 2019 apply, with the exception of rule 6.1.  In addition, the following rules apply:

  1. All riders must wear the official YELLOW helmet cap – issued by BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

  2. NZ Road Code rules apply. During the hours of darkness all riders must have a strong front white light and 2 rear red lights so they are visible to oncoming and following traffic. One red light must be fitted to the bike and the other on the helmet. We recommend that one or both of the rear lights are set to flashing mode if riding at the back of a bunch or alone. Riders should also have a back-up front light or spare batteries.

    At night all riders must wear high viz, reflective clothing including reflective bands on their ankles so they are clearly visible to oncoming and following traffic.Lights and clothing will be checked by the organisers on the start line prior to the start. Riders who do not have lights and clothing as specified as above will not be allowed to start. A marshal will be on the course at night to ensure that riders are clearly visible to oncoming and following traffic. The marshal is authorised to remove any rider from the course who is not clearly visible. Riders who do not have lights and clothing as specified as above will NOT start.

  3. There will be a cut off at 9:00 pm anywhere on the course. Riders not finished by 9:00pm Saturday night may be removed from the course.

  4. Support vehicles are allowed on course between for lap one only on Saturday morning.

  5. No support vehicles are to be on the course (associated with their rider) for lap two.

  6. It is a police and event requirement that Support vehicles must not follow directly behind their rider.  Drivers must leap frog their rider and drive to the next available area where the vehicle can pull off the road completely and cause no hazard to other road users.  Support vehicle driver behaviour will be monitored.

  7. If you pull out of the event for any reason you MUST notify race communications on 0210541864

Unfortunately due to lack of numbers the Cadence Enduro Breakfast will not go ahead.

The Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is pleased to welcome Audax Riders to the Enduro. Riders using the Cycle Challenge as training for Audax events please refer to Kiwi Randonneurs

Minimum age for this event is 18 years old.

Management reserves the right to remove riders from the course if it’s apparent they will not complete the event by 8pm or it is deemed the safety of themselves or others could be compromised. Riders must be passed Turangi by 4:30pm.