New Zealand’s most popular cycle tour, the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge took place yesterday, and despite a few spots of rain, more than 7400 participants from 23 countries across the world took part in this premier cycling event.
Designed to cater for riders of all ages and abilities, the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is made up of 20 different events, ranging from the 5km Kids Heart Ride for the under 10s, to the Barefoot and Thompson Extreme Enduro at a whopping 1280km!
The most popular event of the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge would have to be the 160km Bike Barn Solo, which includes a single lap circumnavigation of Lake Taupo. You can ride the race on a mountain bike, a road bike, or on tandem with a co-pilot, and enjoy the beautiful scenery that New Zealand’s north island has to offer.
When it comes to timing, well, anything under 6 hours sounds ambitious to me, but if you want to win the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge in 2015, you are going to have to beat a brand new record set by Taupo local Paddy Bevin yesterday. Smashing the previous record by 2:55 minutes, Paddy finished the 160km race in just 3-hours 40!
The date has already been set for 2015, so if you intend to challenge Paddy’s title next year, make sure you mark Saturday, 28th November in your diary!
Image courtesy of the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge