Bike Barn Round The Lake


Approx 160


14th Nov

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The 160 km Bike Barn Round the Lake offers the ride of a lifetime. Take on the cornerstone event of the BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. This event was first ridden in 1977 by a group of locals who decided over a beer to see if they had what it took to ride around Lake Taupo. Get your tribe together to give it a go and experience the full 160km (100 mile) ride whilst taking in all the scenic beauty the Taupo District has to offer. It is not for the faint hearted but if you have done the training the rewards will be huge.

The course takes you from the centre of the beautiful town of Taupo. Moments after leaving the stunning township you’ll find yourself riding through beautiful Waikato farmland along Poihipi Road. From there it’s onto State Highway 32. 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.

Most of the hard work is behind you now and you only have the length of the lake to tame before getting to the finish, however don’t get too excited, as the infamous Hatepe Hill stands between you and the finish line. 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 surroundings as the road winds its way along right next to the Lake.

With a bit of luck, once you conquer Hatepe Hill the wind will be at your back for the last stretch into town but if not, expect to have a battle on your hands as you make your final push past the airport and along the stunning lakefront to the finish line, finishing the full loop of the lake back where you started.


For the first time in 2020 we are adding an age group competitive section to the Round the Lake. Be the best in your age group and take home the age group’s winner’s jersey, or simply smash out your new personal best on the Poihipi Road course. Test your metal, conquer the hills and be your age group’s Challenge Champion.


Set yourself the challenge, push your boundaries and accomplish this amazing journey. Make a day of it with your mates and like-minded roadies, break up the journey with a stop off at one of two Super Support Stations and soak up the scenery and atmosphere of this iconic ride.


Start Time 7am
Start Line Tongariro Street, next to Taupo’s Great Lake Centre
Finish Line Tongariro Street, next to Taupo’s Great Lake Centre
Registration Friday from 10am till 10pm and Saturday from 6am till 8am in the Registration marquee next to the Great Lake Centre.

Prize Giving

Course Profile


As a safety measure, the start of the Bike Barn Round the Lake ride is split into different starting groups. Each group is started in waves with several minutes between each wave to allow riders to spread out.

You are asked to choose a start group based on the time you estimate it will take you to complete the ride. Times are recorded electronically by the timing tag as you cross the start and finish lines so no group will be disadvantaged. For everybody’s safety please select your start group realistically and carefully. Do not confuse ambition with ability!

Start group 1 is only for those who have a previous best time of under 4:30 hrs or equal performance in a similar event.

Start group 9 is only for those who anticipate they will take longer than 8:30 hours. These riders have a 6am start. Any Start Group 9 riders arriving at Tihoi earlier than 8.30 will be held until after 8.30 to allow the faster riders through before proceeding.

We also offer two ‘women only’ start groups. This does not preclude women from selecting any other start groups.

All eBikes must start in Start Group 6



One bike, two riders

Do a one-lap circuit of Lake Taupo, approximately 160 km with 2 riders on a tandem bike – ideal for couples, family members, friends or gym mates.

You will have a dedicated start group.

Management reserves the right to remove riders from the course if it’s apparent they will not complete the event by 7pm or it is deemed the safety of themselves or others could be compromised.

Electric bikes are permitted as part of the event and will be timed separately from the non assisted bikes. We will not be supplying charging stations around the course. Please make sure you tick the appropriate box when completing your online entry. All eBikes must start in Start Group 6.

We have made the decision that the minimum age for a child with an accompanying adult (1:1) is 12 years old. This decision has been made not only for the safety of your child but also our other participants and in keeping with the NZ Road Code. To ride the event alone the child must be 15 or over. For more information please see out FAQs Age Restrictions.