This year marks the 45th Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge, a landmark event in New Zealand’s cycling calendar. Organisers are highlighting the event’s significance in the Taupō community and its contributions over the years.
The event, known for drawing thousands from New Zealand and beyond, has evolved, offering more for participants and spectators. This year, it embraces a nostalgic theme, with the start and finish line returning to Tongariro Street. The event village will also be on Tongariro North Domain. The course will follow old routes, taking in the entirety of Poihipi Road.
A key feature of the Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge is its local ownership as a not-for-profit Rotary event. Any surplus money is given back to the community, benefiting various local groups. The event also provides significant donations to volunteers and offers substantial contracts to local businesses, contributing over $300,000 annually. The challenge has an estimated yearly economic benefit for the region of over 3.5 million dollars.
Local businesses, such as Copyright Fashions, greatly benefit from the influx of visitors. Hilary Fox, the owner, noted it’s one of their best weekends, thanks to the event’s attendees and their supporters.
Volunteering during the event is also popular among local institutions, such as Taupō-nui-a-Tia College. Participating students gain valuable experiences, and funds raised have been used for school resources, as shared by Principal Ben Claxton.
This year’s event will cater to various participants, from mountain bikers to kids and those enjoying a scenic ride. Spectators can enjoy the atmosphere at multiple viewing spots, including the Event Village.
The event aims to be a memorable occasion for all involved, celebrating its rich history and community spirit. The Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is scheduled for Saturday, 25th November 2023.
For further details or to register, visit www.cyclechallenge.com.