Prizes & Awards

Major Spot Prizes - 2018

Main prize giving: 6pm Saturday 24th November, Event Village, Tongariro North Domain, Taupo. Major spot prizes, trophies and awards are presented at prize giving.


Holden Calais-V Tourer - valued at $65,990 +ORC

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The all-new Holden Calais-V Tourer is the car designed for the drivers of life to drive through life, whether it’s to the camping spot miles from home or that spot on the beach you’ve been waiting to check out. The Calais-V Tourer all-wheel-drive is on its way to make our journeys a lot easier, a lot safer, and loads more fun. Designed for the adventure seeker, the range topping Tourer is packed full of features including Ventilated Front Seats, Panoramic Sunroof, 360-Degree View Camera and a Hands-Free Power Tailgate.


Giro d’Italia Rocket R58, Fausto Grinder and 1 year L’affare Coffee Subscription - valued at $9970

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In celebration of the 100th Giro d’Italia cycle race, Rocket Espresso has released the Il Centesimo Giro d’Italia — a very exclusive machine. We thought it only fair to giveaway to a cycling enthusiast from BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. With only 100 machines worldwide, this sleek silver number will undoubtedly add some beauty to your kitchen bench, not to mention the bragging rights of being the only person in New Zealand to own one. You’ll find the R58 with its classic dual boiler E61 setup, removable PID controls, and optional plumbing – a leading contender for creating some of the best espresso you've ever had. Included in the prize is a Rocket Fausto Grinder and a 1 year L’affare coffee subscription.


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.


2018 Merida Reacto 4000 - valued at $2699

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Features a Carbon CF2 frame and fork with relaxed geometry. The 22-speed Reacto 4000 also features Shimano 105 front and rear derailleur, internal cabling and Merida Expert rims. The bike is designed to minimise the effect of air resistance, maximising speed without sacrificing other factors such as weight, stiffness and comfort. This means the Reacto retains the versatility and comfort of a road bike, but takes off when you put the foot down, and holds well at high speed. The bike weighs a mere 8.49kgs and is the ideal bike for endurance and race athletes.


Two prizes of a his and hers Tissot watch package - valued at $2250 each.

Gents Quartz MOTO GP Ltd. Edition

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The 2018 Moto GP Ltd. Edition- the watch that represents one of the fastest and thrilling sports on Earth. Neat designfeatures which reflect the sport include; brake disc bezel,bike dashboard style chrono counters, start/reset buttons,articulated strap fittings just like the bike suspension! 

Ladies Quartz T-Wave with Diamonds

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Inspired by the movements ribbons and waves, the T-Wave design oozes style and elegance. Rose Gold finish combined with the sunray dial appointed with 4 Top Wesselton Diamonds. Discreet features such as the skeletonised hands and Cabochon stone on the crown make this a stunning timepiece to own.


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.


Merida Big Seven 500 MTB - valued at $1299


The 2018 Merida Big Seven 500 features a Shimano 2x10 drivetrain, Shimano hydraulic brakes and a Manitou Air suspension fork with lockout, making this a perfect bike for cross country or trail centre riding. A classic all-rounder.


Merida Crossway 100 commuter bike- valued at $999



The Merida 2018 Crossway 100 is ready for rough and smooth terrain. Featuring a Suntour NEX suspension fork, hydraulic disc brakes and a dependable Shimano 27 speed drivetrain, you can ride this bike with confidence wherever the road takes you.


Lakesider Prize 2018

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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 Prize

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Ocean Spray Maui 3 Single Kayak  Valued at $1000

If you’re an adult and fundraise $500 or more for Heart Kids you will automatically be placed in the draw to win this wicked Ocean Spray Maui 3 Single Kayak.

The kayak also comes with:

2 x 8 inch hatch cover ,1 x Bungee Cord Set, 4 x flush rod holders, 1 x paddle holder cord, 6 x rubber stopper 1 x drain plug, 2 x carry handle 2 x moulded carry handle, 1 x Black Paddle.

Please note the kayak may be a different colour from the one pictured

Spot Prizes T & C's

Major spot prizes for the 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 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:

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.