99 Bikes Round the Lake
The 99 Bikes 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 you'll turn into Marotiri Rd and then on to SH32. 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.
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.
For the first time in 2020 be the best in your age group and take home the age group’s winner’s jersey.
This years age groups are:Under 1920 - 2930 - 3940 - 4950 - 5960 - 6970+
|Start Time||7am (Start Group 9 starts at 6:10am)|
|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.|
NO ACCOMPANYING VEHICLES ARE NECESSARY OR ALLOWED ON THE COURSE.
As a safety measure, the start of the 99 Bikes 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 between 8:30 - 11:30 hours. These riders start at approximately 6:10am.
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 however, this group is open to all riders.
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 and the winning tandem bike will take home a pair of winners jersey's.
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.
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.
There are a number of water stops around the lake, plus one at the finish line and 3 on the mountain bike course.
Hydration is available at all Start points, and second half of the road course – Kuratau Look Out water stop, Waihi Hill water stop, Kiko Rd water stop, Hatepe Hill water stop, finish line and MTB water stops.
The total vertical climb for the Round the Lake course is 1650 metres.