Prizes & Awards

Major Spot Prizes

Main prize giving: 6pm Saturday 30th November, Event Village, Tongariro North Domain, Taupo. Major spot prizes, trophies and awards are presented at prize giving.

Holden Equinox LS - RRP $35,990


Hope you like surprises, because that’s just what you get with the Equinox LS. It’s packed with features like Apple CarPlay® and Android® Auto so you can do all the things you love doing on your phone, via the 7-inch touch-screen. Passive Entry and Push-Button Start (PEPS) is another handy gadget, especially when your hands are full. Don’t be surprised if the engine stops when you’re idle. It’s designed to do that to save on fuel and reduce emissions. With lots of space in the front and back rows for your passengers and a huge 846L boot space with underfloor storage, there’s space for all the gear. If you’re worried about parking an SUV, don’t be. It has Rear Park Assist and a Rear View Camera to make it easy getting in and out of even the tightest spots. And since we know you're craving a bit of peace and quiet, Active Noise Cancellation means driving is nice and relaxing. Discover more here.

Santos Tour Down Under – 9 day tour - valued at $4000

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Win a 9 day guided Santos Tour Down Under package with RIDE Holidays. The perfect mix of visiting the magnificent Clare and Barossa Valleys, and Adelaide Hills before descending upon the city for the climax of the greatest cycling race in the Southern Hemisphere. Awesome cycling, wine tastings, craft beer and the V.I.P Legends dinner are all included. Flights not included. Make sure you tick the box in online entry to be eligible.

 2019 Merida Reacto Disc 4000 RRP $2999

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The Reacto’s wind tunnel honed shape has honed the design to optimize aerodynamics while its superlight CF2 Carbon frame reduces weight. Comfort is a key feature with the Reacto, many aero Bikes suffer from harsh rides due to the larger tube sections and seatposts, not so with the Reacto. The profiled seat post behaves like a conventional seat post providing a superior level of comfort compared to other aero Bikes. The full carbon fork with a tapered steerer to provide precise and confident handling and the BB386 bottom bracket offers efficient power transfer.

District Fitness Unlimited class for 12 months - valued at $2100

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Unlimited classes in our Yoga, Barre, HIIT and Cycle studios plus a welcome pack of District swag

At District Fitness, located in Auckland's CBD, you will experience amazing instructors, complimentary workout and shower towel service, cycle shoes and limited spaces in each class for individualised support and correct technique.  Emerging technology new to New Zealand which will help you achieve better results and track your improvement. Whether you are feeling like a high intensity workout, a cardio workout or mindful movement the choice is yours.  At District we believe that fitness should be fun. We ride, we lift, we run, we stretch, we measure, all in a bid to feel great.  The best part: We do it together, as a community. Are you ready? We would love you to join us.

4 x Garmin Prize Pack - valued at $1400


Technology you can count on.

The Edge 830 touchscreen cycling computer offers dynamic performance monitoring to take your training to the next level. Ride with confidence with incident detection and group messaging/tracking whilst navigating every turn with Garmin Cycle Map.

Whether you’re riding on the streets or the trail, you won’t have to quit when the sun does. When paired with compatible Edge cycling computers the UT800 smart headlight adjusts brightness to give the lumens you need for up to 4 hours, so you can ride with confidence.

Ride smarter and more aware with Varia RTL510 rear-view radar. Mounted neatly on the seatpost, it provides visible and audible alerts for vehicles approaching from behind up to 140 meters away.

2019 Merida Crossway 500 RRP $1299

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The Crossway is suitable for fitness training, commuting and leisurely rides. With a frame made from high quality lightweight 6061 double butted aluminium and featuring hydraulic disc brakes for increased braking performance in wet and muddy conditions. The 60mm travel lockout front suspension will iron out any bumps on the way. The adjustable stem allows the rider to adapt the Bike to their most comfortable riding position and these Bikes are loaded with smart features; like factory standard reflective strips on the sidewalls of their tyres, improving visibility on the road and all Crossways are already setup to easily mount mudguards, racks and kickstands. The Crossway is the perfect choice for everyday riding.

2019 Merida Big Seven 500 Mountain Bike RRP $1199 

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The Merida Big Seven/Nine range of Hardtail MTB’s are fast, reliable and versatile. They are ideal companions on XC and marathon races whilst the more relaxed geometry of the frame offers a more comfortable, upright riding position making them also excellent everyday Bikes. With a full range of spec levels and choices between 27’’ and 29’’ wheel diameters you can customise your new ride to your exact needs. So whether you are an XC champ or weekend warrior there is a perfect Big Seven/Nine for you.….

Bachcare Holiday Homes Accommodation Voucher - $1,000

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Find your happy place with this great $1,000 Bachcare accommodation voucher! You can take your pick across any of our 2,000 handpicked holiday homes, from Cable Bay to Cromwell. Treat yourself or your loved ones. With a local holiday manager on call you will always have peace of mind staying in a Bachcare holiday home!

 Lakesider Prize 2019

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Pascoes The Jewellers $500 Gift Card   

Treat yourself or someone special at Pascoes The Jewellers with a $500 gift card! With our huge range of quality jewellery and top brand watches you will be spoilt for choice.

Heart Kids Fundraiser PrizeMoken 12 kayak

Raise $500 or more for Heart Kids and go in the draw to win a FEELFREE MOKEN 12 STD fishing Kayak – value $1000.

The Feelfree Moken 12 Standard is ready for whatever adventure you have in mind. Stable, manoeuvrable and easy to transport thanks to our Wheel in the Keel, this is a kayak that everyone will appreciate, from the experienced angler, diver or explorer to the novice paddler. The Moken 12 Standard comes with moulded-in carry handles, two fishing rod holders, a stern crate and gear recess and a unique soft top bow storage area for convenient gear accessibility. 

Regardless of activity the Moken 12 is the perfect all around fishing, diving, exploring kayak for any paddler.

 Spot Prizes T & C's

Major spot prizes for the BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge are drawn at Prize Giving and you must be present at Prize Giving to claim the prize. Minor spot prizes are drawn and collected at Registration.

To be eligible for the major spot prizes you must …

  • Enter the event
  • Be present in person at Prize Giving
  • Indicate your presence on the domain within 30 seconds of your number being drawn
  • Provide identification if requested

No one can win more than one major spot prize.

There will be a re-draw for any prize not claimed after 30 seconds.

Prizes can not be transferred or exchanged for cash.

 Ultimo Get Your Kit On Competition


At Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge we love the go fast, aerodynamic, fast-drying, cycling kit and stunning gear made in New Zealand by our sponsor Ultimo Clothing. Every year they do an amazing job of our official merchandise and we want your help to show it off!

Simply Facebook post your photo's while you are out riding in either this years official Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge cycle kit or any previous years gear and you will be in to win a fantastic $500 Ultimo Clothing voucher.

How to Enter:

Enter the BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.

Take photos of you and or your team, out riding in your Lake Cycle Challenge gear and post them to our Facebook page.


Call into the Ultimo Merchandise area on Friday registration day, and drop in a photo of you in your gear to have put up on the competition wall.

Facebook Entries close on 10 November. Post your photo's to:

Forrest Wines Largest Group Prize

If you are the largest adult group or team taking part in this years BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, Forrest Wines want you to celebrate the occassion and have a case of their wine up for grabs.Forrest 3 resized to 800x300

Elite Prizes

Keith Crate Cup

Keith Crate Cup is awarded to the Holden Men’s Classic Race winner on the podium immediately after the race.

Walter de Bont Cup

Walter de Bont Cup is awarded to the Women’s Classic Race winner on the podium immediately after the race.

Joe Mickelson Cup & Lockwood Cup

Joe Mickelson Cup (male) and Lockwood Cup (female) awarded to winners of the Contact Huka XL Race on the podium immediately after race finish.


Dan Dunne Awards

The Dan Dunne Award is for that special person who rides the Cycle Challenge ‘against the odds’. It is awarded annually to a cyclist who overcomes hardship and adversity to complete the Cycle Challenge. Dan Dunne completed the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge in 1996 after struggling for some time with life-threatening cancer. Dan and his family became friends and active supporters of the Cycle Challenge and after Dan’s death his family dedicated a trophy to his memory. We are proud to be part of this annual award, and hope that we live up to Dan’s memory each year as we choose a worthy recipient. Nominations for the Dan Dunne Award can be made using the form below and handed in to the Information marquee on Event Day before 1pm.

Nomination forms are also available from the Information marquee on Event Day.

Nomination Form

Matthew Dryden Memorial Cup

Awarded to the most promising young cyclist, this cup is in memory of promising young cyclist Matthew Dryden who died tragically in 2005 aged 14 years.

Fred Ogle Award

This award is for a ‘Good Samaritan’ act during the event. The award is in memory of Northland cyclist Fred Ogle who was killed in 2008. Fred was a regular entrant.

Nomination forms are available from the Information marquee  on Event Day and must be submitted before 4pm.

Nomination Form

Debbie Jaine Award

The Debbie Jaine Award is awarded to the first Taupo female in the Huka XL or Huka Challenge.

Debbie was an active member of the Taupo Mountain Bike Club for many years and helped build a lot of the tracks that we ride now and which are part of the Huka Challenge. She was one of the original cyclists that rode around the lake with Walter DeBont, spending most of the day doing it. 25 years later she cycled around again, completing the challenge after undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Sadly Debbie lost her battle with cancer in July 2009.