Every year towards the end of November, thousands of people pull on their lycra, grease their chains and head to the stunning Taupo region, for one of New Zealand’s biggest sport participation events. For more than 40 years the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge has been thrilling cyclists from around the country and overseas. And for 16 of those years it has also been providing support to the 12 babies born every week with heart conditions. The BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is one of Heart Kids major supporters.
You don’t have to have aspirations to ride in the Tour de France to compete in this cycle challenge, and you don’t even have to wear lycra! The BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge November 30th has a course to suit everyone of any ability and both road and mountain bike options are on offer. There is even a race for the kids! The Kids Heart Ride is a fun 5km course, your child can join our team of heart children who love to take part.
In 2019 Enduro cycling legend Colin Anderson will be cycling his 100th lap of Taupo and is aiming to reach a target of $100,000 raised for charities in the last 20 years! He will have a special group of riders that will join him on the day and ride across the finish line with him on his 100th lap - they hope to raise $30,000 for Heart Kids along the way. You can join this awesome team here.
This year will be the second year we will be promoting a special team The Heart Kids Cruisers -
The Heart Kids Cruisers are an inclusive team, a team not focused on personal bests and performance, but instead focused on participation without pressure. It’s for all those cyclists, who are keen to take part and have a bit of fun and who don’t want to ride alone. Our motto is NO CYCLIST LEFT BEHIND! This team will be led by Lake Taupo cycling legend Rickshaw Andy, who will help with training tips and motivation and be your leader on the day.
We will also have supervised teams in the 16k Lakesider ride this year for those children that have moved on from the Kids Heart Ride.
Taupo is a stunning place to visit anytime of the year so why not make a family weekend of it and set yourselves a fitness and feel good challenge too!
If you can ride a bike, you can be part of the fun! Registrations open on 1 June and there are multiple discounts available for teams and families. We will have a Heart Kids Cycle Team marquee in the Event Village with food and beverage and plenty of space to chill out after your ride around the lake. We’d love to see you there! Sign up to the Heart Kids Cycle Team today or email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the team.
The day is guaranteed to be so much fun for everyone, and there’ll also be spot prizes for fundraisers! The BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is an event not to be missed. So why not take on the challenge and be a Heart Kids hero!