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11 Weeks Until Taupo
11 Sep, 2009
With only 11 weeks to go, excitement is building about the 2009 Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge on Saturday November 28th in Taupo.

We've already had over 2300 entries from 8 countries including over 200 from Australia.

Each year the number of international entrants in Cycle Challenge continues to grow - this year we have entries from Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom and, of course, Australia.

If you're from overseas and have entered or are thinking of entering, please contact Steve Jacobs with any queries regarding Cycle Challenge, Taupo or anything else.

No question is silly so don't hesitate to contact Steve on or +64 7378 2250 or +64 274 843 000.

In 2010, Australians will be able to get to Taupo and Cycle Challenge even more easily as Air New Zealand is commencing direct international flights from Rotorua to Sydney in December 2009 (Rotorua is within 1 hour of Taupo)

The Contact Huka Mountain Bike Challenge was a popular addition to the 2008 Cycle Challenge and this year it will be bigger and better with the addition of a bridge over State Highway 1 to take competitors to the finish line safely.

The course takes in 80 kilometres of Taupo's most popular mountain bike tracks, most of which is flowing single track.

Entrants start with the other Cycle Challenge riders and then head off-road - they will follow the Waikato River before riding through a tunnel under SH1 into the Wairakei Crown Forest Park (next to Craters of the Moon and the Wairakei International Golf course) where all 45km of mountain bike tracks are used before heading back out through the tunnel.

After riding an event-only section down to Aratiatia Dam, they cross the dam and then come back to the Huka Falls trail, through the Rotary Ride before completing a brand new section of the trail.

Riders will then cross State Highway 1 on the temporary bridge finishing their 80km mountain bike challenge.

Numbers are limited to 600 so don't miss out - enter online now

Beginner cyclists are encouraged to join the BNZ Trainer Wheels Programme to assist them in their first attempt at the Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.

The BNZ-sponsored programme is aimed at providing support and encouragement to beginner cyclists who may be interested in participating in one of the events which form the Cycle Challenge, New Zealand's largest cycling event.

All BNZ Trainer Wheel riders will receive a special Riders Pack which will include basic hints on buying a bike, riding techniques, clothing, nutrition, safe riding, a training programme for beginners, and some fun items to keep them motivated and in training. 

A  free BNZ Trainer Wheels training camp will be held in Taupo on the weekend of October 10 to 11.

Participants will gain valuable experience on Taupo roads and plenty of free training information. We will also be sending informative and motivational emails in the build up to November 28.

Register for BNZ Trainer Wheels here

There are twelve different Challenges to choose from in the 2009 Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.
. BNZ Solo - 160 km circuit of Lake Taupo
. BNZ Tandem - 160km around Lake Taupo on a tandem bike
. BNZ Solo Combo - 20km MTB followed by circuit of Lake Taupo
. Linfox Tarmac Relay - 4 x 40km legs, use 2, 3 or 4 riders
. Linfox Dirt & Tarmac Relay - add a 20km MTB leg to the start of the tarmac relay - 2, 3, 4 or 5 riders
. Enduro - 320 km twice round the lake. (approved by Audax)
. Maxi Enduro - 640 km four circuits of the lake. (approved by Audax)
. Contact Huka Challenge - an 80km MTB challenge
. Contact Huka XL Race - 80km MTB race for licensed riders.
. Avanti Men's Classic Race - 160 km Classic Race component for elite male riders
. Workout Zone Women's Road Race - 60 km classic race component for elite female riders from Turangi to Taupo
. Heart Children NZ Heart Ride - a 5 km ride for children under 10 years old.
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