NZ’s largest cycling event releases 2020 date

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The BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is excited to announce the date for its 2020 event, which will take place on Saturday November 14.

This follows the recent announcement that the 2020 Ironman 70.3 World Championship triathlon will be held in Taupo on Cycle Challenge’s traditional weekend of the last Saturday in November.

“While the decision to offer up or normal date which has sat firmly in our participant’s annual events calendar for 43 years was not taken lightly, we are fully supportive of Taupo District Council in securing this world recognised event to our special part of the world,” says BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge Event Director, Debbie Chambers.

“We are excited about the opportunities that hosting the 2020 BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge followed by the Ironman 70.3 World Championships just two weeks later will bring to our district and the town of Taupo.

“We look forward to showcasing everything our event and Taupo has to offer kiwis from across the country, as well as international visitors from over 20 countries, at New Zealand’s largest cycling event on Saturday November 14 2020.”

Mayor David Trewavas says he was grateful the Cycle Challenge was willing to change its regular date to accommodate the Ironman 70.3 World Champs 2020.

“This is a great example of the community spirit the BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge and our district are known for,” he says.

“It’s amazing these two iconic events were able to work together to find a solution. We are looking forward to both of them shining the spotlight on our district in 2020.”

“Successful events are built around great communities, and Taupo is an outstanding example of this,” says managing director Ironman Oceania Dave Beeche.

“This willingness of the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge to shift an event date they have held for 43 years in order to support another event for the wider benefit of Taupo, is testament to this community spirit.

“We look forward to showcasing Taupo to the world over two great events in 2020 and thank Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge for their support of the Ironman 70.3 World Champs 2020.”

The 2019 BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge will take place this year on Saturday November 30 with online entries opening on June 1.

Event and entry information in available at

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