Prizes & Awards

Major Spot Prizes - 2017

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 Trax LS 1.4L iTi - valued at $32,990 + ORC

Holden Trax

In the new compact Holden Trax you can go where you want to go, do what you want to do, be who you want to be. With sporty styling and a spirited 1.4L turbo engine available across the range, getting there is now half the fun. Sporting newer, sharper lines, with a touch of class on the inside, new Trax is styled to fit your lifestyle and make a statement in your driveway. And with an outstanding array of technology, including Apple Carplay® and Android Auto®, you can be sure you’re never far from the things that really matter to you – your favourite people, the music you love and the maps you rely on to find those special places. 


2 x 10 day Traillite campervan holiday rentals – valued at $5,000 each.


Jump in the driver’s seat and discover New Zealand at your own pace with a 10 Day TrailLite motorhome holiday valued at $5000. TrailLite has been helping Kiwis get on the road to freedom since 1954 and prides itself on its Kiwi craftsmanship and service.


7 Night Trip for two to Niue Island – valued at $4,000

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Niue doesn’t really do beaten tracks. That’s why it’s so easy to get off them - whether that’s by foot, paddle or pedal. Come explore the world’s largest raised coral atoll, just a 3 hour flight from Auckland.

This fantastic prize includes:

·      Return airfares for two flying Air New Zealand, between any Air New Zealand serviced airport in New Zealand and Niue

·      7 nights in an Ocean Room at Scenic Matavai Resort, including airport transfers and tropical continental breakfast daily

·      7 days hire of mountain bikes for two

·      Entry for two into Round the Rock 2018, the annual cycle event on Niue


2 x Tissot 2017 Automatic MOTOGP Watch - valued at $2650.00 each

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Production of the T-Race Moto GP Automatic is limited to 2017, with each individually numbered.

The design & features pay tribute to one of the most thrilling and fastest sports on earth.

With unique helmet presentation case, this is one to cherish and keep as a true collector’s item!


2017 Merida Cyclocross 600 - valued at $2199.99


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Described my NZ Road Cyclist magazine as providing race-inspired performance, without sacrificing practical usability. The Cyclocross 600 comes with a Cyclo Cross Lite frame and a carbon fork. It features 1x11 gearing and a Sram Apex 1 rear derailleur. Cabling on the frame is internal and the bike is ready for mudguards should the need arise.  Maxxis Mud Wrestler tyres will keep you safely on the road.


2017 Merida Big Seven 500 - valued at $1499.99

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The Big Seven features improved geometry, adjusted for the demands of modern race courses as well as ‘Smart Entry” cable routing and ‘Boost’ rear triangles speak the language of the modern hardtail perfectly.  The Big Seven 500 features a Shimano SLX Shadow rear derailleur, 2x10 gearing and a Rock Shox FS 30 STK front shock.


2017 Merida Crossway 500 - valued at $1099.99


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With its robust, light-weight aluminium frame that can be equipped with mudguards, rear rack and/or side stand, the Crossway is ready for pretty much anything you can throw at it. The bike is a perfect touring partner. It features a front shock with 65mm of travel and a Shimano XT-T rear derailleur.


Lakesider Prize 2017

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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

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.

 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.