Keen to keep the training regime up to speed ahead of the in real life BDO Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge? If you’ve already registered for the Taupo Cycle Challenge you can ride the FULL course on FulGaz between 27 Nov – 4 Dec.

To access the course, use the unique promo code emailed to you from the team at BDO Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge.

You can be amongst the first to ride the full 99 Bikes Round The Lake virtually, and for free. There’s a prize pack from Jet Black Cycling valued at $1,500 up for grabs too.

  • If you are already entered into the real world BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge for Feb 19 2022, you will receive a special code via email giving you the chance to ride before anyone else, for free, all 4 x 40km stages of the 99 Bikes Round The Lake event virtually. All you’ll need is your smart trainer set up.
  • You will get access to the FulGaz virtual event to ride for free from 27 November for 8 days up to the 4 December 2021, giving you plenty of time to ride all 4 stages.
  • If you’re not already entered for the 19 Feb 2022 real world event, do it before the 24 Nov 2021, and you will also receive the special access code to the virtual ride.
  • On the 6 Dec, we’ll be choosing a ‘mystery time’ which’ll be a random cumulative time of all 4 x 40 km stages, and if your ride of all 4 x 40km stages is the closest to it, you’ll win the Jet Black Cycling prize pack, so it’s not all about being the fastest. The prize pack is valued at $1,500, comprises a Volt Smart Trainer, a turn block and a trainer mat. The prize is only available to riders residing in New Zealand.

This is a great training opportunity so keep an eye on your inbox if you’re already entered for Feb 2022, and if you’re not, enter now at:

Section 1

This a stunning 41km, mainly rural route that will definitely warm up the legs. A steady climb straight out of the gate will keep you on your toes and shifting gears, so don’t get too comfortable as this whole ride is kickers, rollers, and a few quick descents.


Section 2

This is the start of climb called Waihaha ( maori meaning – wai is water and haha noisy, so “noisy water” 1km and 75m vertical of climbing – but you may not find it very funny. On a nice clear day you will get your first glimpse of the North Island’s largest volcanoes of the Tongariro National Park – still active volcanoes today!


Section 3

Kuratau, is also the place of a dam, creating hydro-electric power via water flowing from the Kuratau River. A nice little climb to start this stage, a ascent of nearly 100m over 1.7km.


Section 4

Stage 4 is the final leg of the ride, taking in the stunning lake views of Lake Taupo and the infamous Hatepe Hill. You’re almost home. Keep pushing!


New to FulGaz? Here's the quick start guide.

1. Download FulGaz and set up a free account We’re offering all registered riders a 30-day free trial, no credit card required. Downloading the trial gives you full access to FulGaz with no restrictions on content, or how often or how far you ride.

To access the course, use the unique promo code sent you from the team at BDO Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge.

2. Connect your devices When you load up FulGaz and hit Get Started, you’ll be greeted with a pairing screen. Here your smart bike/trainer/speed sensor will be picked up and listed. Select the devices you’d like to connect and click Let’s Ride. Pro Tip If you can’t see your devices when trying to connect, they are most likely paired with another app (RGT, Rouvy, Zwift). You will need to deselect your trainer from that app’s pairing screen, quit that app, and restart FulGaz.

3. Set your preferences, weight and slope scaling Click the settings icon to take a moment to set your display preference (metric or imperial). For the most realistic experience, enter your weight and bike weight. There are many other settings here also; it’s best to get a feel for riding FulGaz first before adjusting these. Start at around 60% uphill to get the feel. You can adjust this in ride also. Pro Tip If you find the hills too hard, you can adjust the Slope Scaling, this is essentially the “trainer difficulty”. Adjusting this won’t make you faster, but it will make hills easier!

4. Download a video and ride We always suggest downloading the video ahead of time. For any event you must download the video.  Before the event, test your set up with something from the Easy collection. These rides will give you a good “feel” for how FulGaz looks and interacts with your trainer or smart bike.

5. Get event-ready Before you start your event, make sure you turn up at the start line ready.

Here’s a quick checklist

      • Download the ride ahead of time
      • If joining us on Zoom, download the app and run it on a different device.
      • Stay hydrated – have at least two bottles of water available
      • Have a towel and fan to help you cool down.

What equipment do I need?

To participate in this event from the comfort of your own home you will need some cycling equipment.

PRO Set-Up

  • Road Bike
  • Smart Trainer (e.g Elite Suito,Wahoo Kickr) or a smart bike.


Basic Set-up

  • Road Bike
  • Standard Trainer (Check out some options here)
  • Speed Sensor if using Standard trainer.

Connection equipment

FulGaz works on Apple TV, MacOS or an iPhone or iPad as well as Windows and Android devices. To get started you will need to download the app onto your respective device. For an amazing viewing (and riding) experience we highly recommend using an Apple TV connected to your lounge room TV or monitor.

Please note rides in ‘event mode’ will force you to download the ride prior to starting. This ensures an uninterrupted riding experience so make sure you download each stage well ahead of time to avoid delays.