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Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge - Nov 2011

Date:
09 December 2011
Author:
Steve Dickens

The Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is New Zealand’s largest cycling event and the world’s largest cycling relay.  Being a little competitive and big talkers, we all decided to skip the relay and do the “solo” event which is the full 160km anti clockwise circuit of the lake.

Apprehension crept in the night before as the wind woke some of us in the middle of the night, and sure enough by 7.30am the gusts had got even worse.  We seemed to have a headwind for the first 90km (including up hills!) then some side winds then no wind then some more headwinds as we approached the last 20km back into Taupo.  Where was the tailwind we all wondered…..

The highlights were the scenery, the amazing sight of Thousands of cyclists doing an event, the endless hills on the western side of the lake and crossing the finish line.

 This is definitely one event for the “Tough Wall” in the office as it was the hardest event all of us had attempted, physically, mentally and towards the end…..emotionally.

None of us managed to break seven hours, which we all agreed was a very long time to be sitting on a tiny plastic seat.

As usual, congratulations to Stephen Dickens, Wayne Lanting & William Hayman who all finished this gruelling ride.  We’re all looking forward to next year and will hopefully have a larger team!

WhereScape finishers from previous Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge events:  Jason Laws, Scott McKay & Chris Wyllie.

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