45 years of pedalling round the lake

Riders in the 45th Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge. Photos: Supplied


The atmosphere of New Zealand’s greatest cycling event has been electric following the 45th annual edition of the Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge.
Organisers, supporters and the Taupō community have been celebrating this 45th milestone event, while thousands of riders took to the start line on Saturday.
Seven event categories were on oer at this year’s occasion ensuring everyone was catered for – from rst timers to top gun riders with road cycling, mountain biking and gravel riding all featured.

Taking out the fastest 4me of the men in the iconic 160km Round the Lake event was Matt McClune with a time of 4:10:53 and an average speed of 38.6km/hr. Kate McCarthy took out the fastest female with a time of 4:12:09.

James Harvey took out fastest male in the second annual 80km Shimano Gravel Grind event with a time of 2:49:12, while BriMany Dykes secured the top spot for the women with a time of 3:27:43.

Lochlan Brown was fastest with a time of 2:32:12 in the 60km Huka Steamer mountain bike event, while
Michelle Vorster took out fastest for the women with a 4time of 3:04:53.

For those who took on the awe inspiring 2 lap 320km Enduro event, the quickest were Joshua Aldridge (male) and Brittney Litton (female) with times of 9:48:40 and 11:19:02 respectively.

Other notable showings included:
Taupō resident, Kevin Collins, completed Saturday’s event on the very same bike that original event patron Walter de Bont rode in the very rst Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge in 1977.
Enthusiast Colin Anderson completed his 104th lap of the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge in Saturday's 2 lap Enduro event.
72 year old Steve Trevurza, well known in sailing circles and who’s found the love of cycling in recent years, and has ridden down from Auckland last week to take part in Saturday’s Round The
This year’s event boasts an impressive spot prize pool valued at over $50,000. Prizes include a 19 month lease of a Sukuki Vitara Hybrid JLK 2WD drive auto, a Lun Performance Carbon Wheelset, a private charter on Chris Jolly’s Levante premium boat for four people, a Ride Holidays voucher to next year’s event, Choice Hotels accommodation vouchers and free Harraways breakfast for a whole year.

Riders and spectators alike have had the chance to see for themselves why Taupō took out the Supreme Award at the Keep New Zealand Beau4ful Awards recently as they have enjoyed everything that the Central Plateau has on offer.

“There’s an awesome buzz here in Taupō," says event director Hayden Dickason.

Event category fastest times
Round The Lake
Male - Matt McClune, 4:10:53
Female - Kate McCarthy, 4:12:09
Shimano Gravel Grind
Male - James Harvey, 2:49:12
Female - Brittany Dykes, 3:27:43
Huka Steamer
Male - Lochlan Brown, 2:32:12
Female - Michelle Vorster, 3:04:53
Huka Teaser
Male - Tony Boustred, 1:16:04
Female - Karen Fehl, 1:17:16
2 lap Enduro
Male - Joshua Aldridge, 9:48:40
Female - Brittney LiMon, 11:19:02
Independent Traffic Control Length Of The Lake
Male - Kian Weston, 1:22:25
Female - Kirsty McCallum, 1:26:45

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