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A word from our Principal
Partner, Contact Energy
Welcome to the
Welcome to the 35th annual
Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge
We hope you have a safe and enjoyable Cycle Challenge for 2011
The Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge
is one of the biggest events on the
Taupo calendar, delivering huge benefits
to the district as well as a great day for
competitors. So Contact Energy is proud to
once again support the event as Principal
We’re right behind the Cycle Challenge
and what it does for the Taupo community.
Contact staff have certainly embraced
the event again this year, with over 120
of us taking on the challenge, the largest
corporate group to have ever participated.
We would like to thank the organisers and
volunteers for all their hard
work, and also the Taupo
community for its ongoing
Dennis Barnes, CE0.
The Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge started
off back in 1977 with only 26 participants.
Event founder and patron local man Walter
de Bont (85), is still closely associated with
Cycle Challenge and four of the other
original riders are still living in Taupo
including Steve Bonnet, Albert Pointon (who
still holds the slowest time), Bruce Jaine
(who still rides the Huka Challenge) and
From humble beginnings, the Contact
Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is now New
Zealand’s largest cycling event with over
10,000 riders participating every year from
all around the country and overseas.
The iconic Taupo event manages to retain
a community feel with it being operated
by the Taupo Moana Rotary Club. Over
1,000 local volunteers belonging to 43
groups provide much-needed support to
participants ‘Facing the Challenge’.
Cycle Challenge was originally run by the
Taupo Cycling Club with the Taupo Moana
Rotary Club and Taupo nui–a-Tia College
taking it over in 1994. This marked the
beginning of a massive expansion for the
event with initiatives introduced such as the
relay, endurance rides, major spot prizes,
races for professional riders, and admittance
to the UCI Golden Bike series. The event is
now solely operated by the Taupo Moana
Rotary Club and continues to grow to meet
the expectations of cyclists from all around
New Zealand and the world.
Over $1.2 million has been distributed to
the Taupo community through volunteer
payments and through the Taupo Moana
Rotary Club over the last 15 years. It is
estimated that Cycle Challenge injects an
estimated $4.64 million into the Taupo
economy, according to research into the
Taupo Moana Rotary Club President
Murray Stanley says the Club feels privileged
to run and support such a special and
iconic event and says the flow on effects
for the region from Cycle Challenge are
extraordinary. “ The Taupo community
takes great pride in the Lake Taupo Cycle
Challenge and our Rotary Club looks forward
to the challenge of taking the event from
strength to strength in the coming years.“
The Taupo Moana Rotary Club also has the
position of distributing the proceeds from
the event to local organisations for various
community projects. Some of the projects
that have been funded by Cycle Challenge
include the Whakaipo to Kinloch track and
Rotary Ride Mountain Bike Tracks and the
FREE Taupo Community Van.
Taupo Moana Rotary Club brings together
likeminded local business and professional
people who want to give something
extra back to their community. The club
began in 1975 and has completed many
service projects over the years and are
active supporters of community activities.
In the last couple of years, the Club has
contributed or committed around $100,000
to local and international projects.
If anyone is interested in finding out more
about joining Taupo Moana Rotary Club
they should email Murray on muznbarb@
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