Taupo Challenge Cycle Success

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge Raises Thousands


More than 6000 people hit the roads around Taupo for the annual Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.  


Heart Kids is the official charity of the massive event and this year we’re pleased to announce that approximately $50,000 has been raised for children born with heart defects. Children from as young as two years old took part in the event, cycling in a range of disciplines, with 200 children riding in the 5km Kid’s Heart Ride.


Heart Kids Cycle Ambassador, 13-year-old Tim Kowalewski, rode in his 7th cycle challenge this year, finishing the 40km race in a personal best time.  And in a wonderful gesture by veteran cyclist and Heart Kids supporter, Colin Anderson (70), Tim was gifted Colin’s pink enduro cycle cap. 


10 year old Ethan Hayes also rode for Heart Kids and received a lot of media attention.  The young Manawatu boy has been entering the event since he was 6yrs old and has been raising thousands of dollars for Heart Kids.  The cause took on extra special meaning this year when Ethan discovered he had a mild heart condition.  While at the doctor with his dad, Ethan asked what a stethoscope was.  A quick demonstration by the doctor resulted in Ethan being diagnosed with a small hole in his heart.  Luckily it is not serious and should correct itself over time. 


Ethan was interviewed twice on his local radio station and also by Maori TV.  After completing the 40km ride, Ethan will aim for the 80km ride next year, with the dream to one day be a World Champion cyclist clearly in his sights.