1 OCT- 31 OCT
ABOUT THE CHALLENGES
The Challenges
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ABOUT THE CHALLENGES

To celebrate our partnership with the BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, FulGaz is excited to bring you three mini challenges to tackle. Take on one challenge each month, across August, September and October. As we edge closer to the 2022 BDO Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge in November.

These challenges are under 20km, great for a quick workout and a sneaky look at some of the most decisive parts of the full 160km 99 Bikes Round The Lake course (Also available on FulGaz – find out more here.)

The BDO Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge is Zealand’s largest cycling occasion, and arguably one of the country’s largest sports participation events is again looking forward to welcoming over 5,000 riders and over 7,000 supporters to the region on Saturday 26 November 2022.

Use the promo code 22VLTTC to unlock a free 30-day trial of FulGaz when signing up!

And to find out more and to enter the real thing, check out their website here.

The Challenges

CHALLENGE RIDE 1 - MISSION BAY TO HATEPE AID STATION

BDO LAKE TAUPO CYCLE CHALLENGE

If you’ve never ridden this event before, then you’re in for a treat; if you have, you’ll know what we’re talking about.

This section of our course is our most iconic with amazing views of the Lake Taupo across to the Taupo township. You will wind your way through the tight corners of State Highway 1 along the lakeside, you may even see some of the locals jumping into the lake from Bulli Point! You will ride through some local lakeside villages before you get to the most memorable part of our course, the Hatepe Hill climb, some call it the Hatepe Heartbreaker!

CHALLENGE OPENS 1ST AUGUST 6AM NZST/ CHALLENGE CLOSES 31 AUGUST MIDNIGHT NZST

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0:39:34
DURATION
17.44km
DISTANCE
316m
ELEVATION

CHALLENGE RIDE 2 - KURATAU TO TOKAANU BRIDGE

BDO LAKE TAUPO CYCLE CHALLENGE

What goes up, must come down. In this Challenge you will start with a climb over the Kuratau hill, then a gentle climb up to the top of Waihi Hill where you’ll get an amazing view from the south over Lake Taupo. Around the corner and you’ll start descending down the fastest section of our entire event, the Waihi Hill Downhill. Be careful though, there are a couple of tight corners halfway down that can catch out even the most seasoned of riders.

You will finish with a flat ride through the Tokaanu Village before finishing at the canal of the Tokaanu Power Station. CHALLENGE OPENS 1ST SEPTEMBER 6AM NZST/ CHALLENGE CLOSES 30 SEPTEMBER MIDNIGHT NZST

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0:41:09
DURATION
18.47km
DISTANCE
257m
ELEVATION

CHALLENGE RIDE 3 - WAIHAHA AID STATION TO KURATAU LOOKOUT

BDO LAKE TAUPO CYCLE CHALLENGE

Challenge 3 is all about the rural environment Taupo has to offer, not to mention the roller coaster profile. You will start in Waihaha, the home of the start of the Great Lake Trails and iconic Tieke Falls. Take in the fresh rural air and views as you wind your way around, up and down, this scenic landscape, and through cuttings in the hillsides making you feel like you’re riding through tunnels of native forests. Look out for the glimpses of Lake Taupo and the snow-capped mountains of the Tongariro National Park.

Once you think you can’t have enough scenery, you will finish with view over Lake Taupo. It wouldn’t be our iconic event if you didn’t have a view over our lake, right?

CHALLENGE OPENS 1ST OCTOBER 6AM NZST/ CHALLENGE CLOSES 31 OCTOBER MIDNIGHT NZST

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1:01:22
DURATION
28.1km
DISTANCE
409m
ELEVATION

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