Calendar Event: November 28, 2009

Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Wed 5/Aug/09 7:11am

Entries are now open for the Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge
It is a largely non-competitive bike ride around New Zealand's largest lake, Lake Taupo, a distance of 160 km.

The Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge provides a challenging but achievable 160 kilometre ride for individual riders – alternatively, teams of two, three or four can participate in the team event, which is an achievable goal for new or less experienced riders.

The Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is New Zealand’s premier cycling event and is also part of the UCI Golden Bike Series.

In total, there are twelve different Challenges
• BNZ Solo - 160 km Challenge circuit of Lake Taupo
• BNZ Tandem riders – 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 relay - 2, 3, 4 or 5 riders
• Enduro - 320 km twice round the lake. Audax approved
• Maxi Enduro - 640 km four circuits of the lake. Audax Approved
• 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.
• Heart Children NZ Heart Ride – a 5 km ride for under 10s
For more information, go to http://www.cyclechallenge.com
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Re: Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

Postby Chickenman on Wed 5/Aug/09 9:22am

Are the MTB tracks rideable on a CX bike?
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Re: Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

Postby brutalfreeride on Wed 5/Aug/09 9:31am

Hell yea! I did the elite mtb race last year on my cx bike, its not real technical but you have to spend a lot of time on the drops, after 3hrs my back was killing me, the last bit is more of a fire road. Think I got top 15 overall on a cx bike, if im in nz I will doing it again for sure.
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Re: Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

Postby banga on Wed 5/Aug/09 9:31am

If the course is the same as last year like they say it is then yes. I'm pretty sure the crazy CX guy from Welly did it last year, but then again he did Karapoti on his cx bike.
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Re: Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

Postby thorg on Wed 5/Aug/09 9:32am

Chickenman wrote:Are the MTB tracks rideable on a CX bike?
yes. nothing too challenging in that lot.
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Re: Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

Postby Chickenman on Wed 5/Aug/09 9:48am

Sweet the combo may be an option then :D

Fuck doing a transition!
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Re: Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

Postby Mr_Bob on Wed 5/Aug/09 10:36am

Hmmmmm.......
:paranoid:
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Re: Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

Postby ThingOne on Wed 5/Aug/09 10:58am

banga wrote:If the course is the same as last year like they say it is then yes. I'm pretty sure the crazy CX guy from Welly did it last year, but then again he did Karapoti on his cx bike.


That would be the crazy cx guy who posted just above you..
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Re: Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

Postby banga on Wed 5/Aug/09 11:06am

certainly is, although it wasn't there when I started my reply. Couldn't be botyhered editing.
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Re: Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

Postby wgtngrl on Wed 5/Aug/09 11:57am

I'd contemplate the combo just so my legs are warmed up when I hit the hills on the road!
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Re: Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

Postby brutalfreeride on Wed 5/Aug/09 1:44pm

wgtngrl wrote:I'd contemplate the combo just so my legs are warmed up when I hit the hills on the road!

get a few people on cx bikes and make it like a team time trial, how cool would that look, or even better get heaps of people to request a cx class in the 80km mtb race, now that would be impressive :love: :love: ...I think I may enquire!
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Re: Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

Postby XCrazy on Wed 5/Aug/09 3:11pm

Taupo MTB tracks are way too easy :sleeping:
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Re: Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

Postby Garth on Thu 6/Aug/09 9:33am

I'm considering doing the combo. SS mountain bike for the offroad then ss Raleigh 20 for round the lake.

How hard can it be...........
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Re: Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

Postby Chickenman on Thu 6/Aug/09 9:38am

brutalfreeride wrote:
wgtngrl wrote:I'd contemplate the combo just so my legs are warmed up when I hit the hills on the road!

get a few people on cx bikes and make it like a team time trial, how cool would that look, or even better get heaps of people to request a cx class in the 80km mtb race, now that would be impressive :love: :love: ...I think I may enquire!


I'd already thought the same regarding the combo, I'm sure some of the CX guys up here would be keen. I know of one guy who definitely is, he just needs a CX bike!
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Re: Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

Postby ThingOne on Thu 6/Aug/09 10:07am

Heres a little picture to put the hill climbs during Taupo in perspective..

Taupo vs La Marmotte
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