Huka XL (MTB)




25th Nov

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Ride in the Huka XL mountain bike race of the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge to be in with a chance to win prize money. The Huka Challenge and XL course is a mix of the Waikato River Course and the Craters MTB Park – Wairakei Forest. Entry criteria applies.

Most of the Huka XL ride will be on single tracks of Grade 2 and 3 with about 10% Grade 4. There will be a very small amount of road to ride (maybe a kilometre) and a 2-km section of 4×4 track – sorry but we have to link up the single tracks somehow!

Expect to get tight technical tracks up to Grade 4 all the way to Wairakei Resort Hotel, so don’t have a sleep on the job. The tracks are all in great nick and the new tracks have packed down and are real fun.

Total climb for the Huka XL is 2347m.


Start Time 7.00am Saturday 26 November
Start Line Tongariro Street, next to Taupo’s Great Lake Centre, Right hand side. 
Finish Line Tongariro Street, next to Taupo’s Great Lake Centre

Race is open to riders who hold a current NZ or International race licence, or those riders who have previously completed the Huka Challenge or XL under 4:30hrs (men) or 5:15hrs (women).

Water stops are available at:

  • Wairakei Hotel – 22km
  • Kefi Cafe – 25km and 76km 
  • Connection – 38km, 53km and 59km
  • Food available to purchase at Kefi Cafe.
1st $500
2nd $300
3rd $100
1st $500
2nd $300
3rd $100

*Note: Prize money is subject to minimum number of entries per category