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Lake Taupo Gearing up for Australian Cyclists in November

Of all of the overseas mass participation cycling events, the Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge probably has the highest contingent of Australian entrants riding each year. The New Zealand event, circling Lake Taupo (on the North Island), attracts over 300 Australian riders each year and a growing number are now returning to ride again. A few high achieving Aussie cyclists have even qualified for the Cadence Club.

The Cadence Club is exclusively for cyclists who have completed the Lake Taupo event more than ten times, for which they qualify for a Bronze award. Silver is awarded for 15 finishes, Gold for 20, and Diamond for 25 finishes.

This year the Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge will be held on Saturday November 29. It is the biggest cycling event in New Zealand and attracts over 11,000 participants. The main event is the 160 kilometer loop around the lake, but there are also categories for endurance (two, four or eight loops of the lake), relay events and Huka mountain bike events.

Most Australians book 6 – 9 months in advance to get in early as accommodation close to town gets booked-out quickly. The population of Taupo (23,000) actually doubles during the event with participants and their families. Many visitors to the region opt for non-commercial accommodation such as holiday homes and even private accommodation. The event organiser provide a free booking service for participants to make it easier.

I asked about the essential equipment for riders, what does a cyclist need to bring?
• Bib number
• Bike (Safety Checked) Helmet
• Pump + Spare Tubes
• Puncture Repair Kit
• Warm Clothes
• Sunnies
• sunscreen
• Proof of Identity for major prizes
• Cash
• Confirmation of accommodation booking
• Emergency names and phone contacts plus any medical issues ready to write on the back of your bib
• And a sense of humour.

As the cost of flights to New Zealand is fairly low, plenty of entrants are still booking shortly before the event. From experience, it is well worth planning in more time so you can also enjoy the sites, activities and food which New Zealand has to offer. Event information and registration online at: cyclechallenge.com

Bicycles Network Australia created a course preview during our last visit,. The video is a course profile so you know what to expect, just watch out for Hatepe Hill.

Christopher Jones
Christopher Joneshttps://www.bicycles.net.au
Christopher Jones is a recreational cyclist and runs a design agency, Signale. As the driving force behind Bicycles.net.au he has one of each 'types' of bicycles.
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