Bike chal­lenge is­sued to lo­cals

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With en­tries to New Zealand’s largest cy­cling event just days away, hopes are high more lo­cals will get on the bike and take part in this year’s Lake Taupo Cy­cle Chal­lenge.

The countdown is now on, with en­tries for this year’s Cy­cle Chal­lenge open­ing on June 1.

Plenty of lo­cals vol­un­teer for the event - about 800 mark - but event di­rec­tor Aaron Carter, said they would like to see the same num­ber of lo­cals ac­tu­ally tak­ing part in the race.

‘‘We couldn’t run the event with­out our vol­un­teers but we haven’t got any­where that sort of num­ber tak­ing part in the chal­lenge,’’ he said.

There are cur­rently only 300 on an an­nual ba­sis and this year, the chal­lenge team would like to see that num­ber reach 500.

That’s where their two for one deal comes in.

‘‘For the months of June and July, any local who en­ters one of the 13 cat­e­gories on of­fer will re­ceive an­other en­try to the same or lesser value ab­so­lutely free that’s ef­fec­tively a 50% dis­count off each en­try,’’ Carter said.

‘‘With June and July also be­ing the months where early bird en­try fees ap­ply, it’s a dou­ble whammy sav­ings op­por­tu­nity for lo­cals.’’

Carter added in ad­di­tion to the in­valu­able year in year out con­tri­bu­tions that the vol­un­teer groups make to the Lake Taupo Cy­cle Chal­lenge, it’d be awe­some to see as many lo­cals out rid­ing as well.

‘‘With the event be­ing lo­cally owned and its core pur­pose be­ing to ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity as a whole, we’re hope­ful to see the ‘buy one get one free in­cen­tive’ well sup­ported,’’ he said.

The Lake Taupo Cy­cle Chal­lenge is ar­guably one of the coun­try’s largest sports par­tic­i­pa­tion events, and is again look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing around 6000 rid­ers and over 10,000 sup­port­ers to the Taupo re­gion on Satur­day 25 Novem­ber.

With a phi­los­o­phy of in­clu­sion, the Lake Taupo Cy­cle Chal­lenge of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of op­tions to get you on your bike and be part of the an­nual pil­grim­age to one of New Zealand’s long­est and most es­tab­lished events, this year celebrating its 41st run­ning.

There are 14 dif­fer­ent event cat­e­gories on of­fer .

Lake Taupo Cy­cle Chal­lenge event and en­try in­for­ma­tion can be found at www.cy­clechal­lenge.com

SUP­PLIED

A two for one ini­tia­tive is hop­ing more lo­cals will take part in the Lake Taupo Cy­cle Chal­lenge.

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