Event Details

This event offers the following

A huge thanks to BTW for developing an interactive map for our event. This will be a big help to out of town support vehicle traffic in particular. atmcyclerace.btw.nz

  • A fantastic well marshalled event embracing the Surf Highway and rural Taranaki
  • Starter pack with Sponsors goodies
  • Event cycle gear available for purchase
  • Minor Spot prizes at registration
  • Sponsors Expo on the night of the registration
  • Event photos available for purchase from Marathon Photos
  • Complimentry food and drink voucher to use after you finish, offering a chicken, vege or hamburger and an alcoholic or soft drink option
  • Big screen to show out on the course clips and finishers
  • Live band leading up to prize giving.
  • Food and drink available for purchase all afternoon at affordable prices
  • Great main prize giving at the earlier time of 5.00pm

Events Taranaki is proud to be staging the official fundraising cycle event for the Taranaki Cycle Park


This event has been organised primarily as a recreational cycling event. It has 148km of magnificent mountain and rural scenery passing through 11 Taranaki townships. There are 5 transition areas on the course and each has water, Pure electrolyte and toilets available. The transitions are at Okato, Opunake, Kaponga, Pembroke School and Inglewood for the teams and Te Kiri for the 2 person change over. There are also 4 bike mechanic vans on the course should you need assistance.

This cycle event caters for all levels of cyclists and there are several options to choose from including the new event for electric bikes, Solo 74km or Solo 148km:

Main event sponsor

Solo 148kms - Starts at 7.30am 1 lap of the course

Solo 3 person team

Starts at 7.30am 1 lap of the course the time of the last person finishing in your team will be your official team time


Solo 2 laps

Starts at 2.00am. We will provide a tail end Charlie, however you need to be self supporting for the first lap. 4 Mechanics & St John's on course, water, electrolyte, toilets at all relay changes on 2nd lap. Check in at start of 2nd lap corner Rogan and Gover Street.

Solo 74km Starts from Te Kiri 11.00am with an option of getting yourself to the start or catching a bus with your bike, extra cost $30.00

Solo Ebikes 148kms - Starts at 7.30am 1 lap of the course
Solo Ebikes 74km starts at Te Kiri

2 person relay 74kms each

3-6 person Business House Challenge. All team members must work for the business, are family members or clients of the business team entered.

3-6 person team relay, this is a tag team event and includes the High School Challenge

Accumulator 1-6 person progressive relay. 1 rider starts and collects the other riders along the way, all finishing together

Associate sponsor

Mitre10 Mega MTB Mountain bike race. This is a challenging race with a long and mid course. Not for the faint hearted. This requires a good level of skill and fitness on a mountain bike.

Click here for more information.


Teams need to provide their own support vehicles. The event will culminate with a prize giving at 5.00pm.


Safety is of prime importance with the Police, Taranaki District Health Board and St Johns all involved helping make a safe event. On the day of the event, support vehicles must leave the outskirts of New Plymouth before 7.00am, and are prohibited on the course between New Plymouth and Opunake after 7.30am. Support vehicles must stay on the support vehicle route from Okato. Click here for details. To avoid disqualification all Cycle Challenge rules must be adhered to. Road rules must be obeyed at all times.

Team legs:

  • Leg 1 New Plymouth to Okato is hilly - 27km
  • Leg 2 Okato to Opunake is undulating - 35km
  • Leg 3 Opunake to Kaponga is undulating - 26km
  • Leg 4 Kaponga to Pembroke School climbing- 18km
  • Leg 5 Pembroke School to Inglewood relatively easy ride to Inglewood - 25 km
  • Leg 6 Inglewood to New Plymouth is a relatively easy ride with two hills prior to entering New Plymouth - 17km


There is an Industry Expo on Friday at the TSB stadium. Registration packs must be collected from the TSB Stadium in Mason Drive between 3.00pm and 10.00pm on Friday night 24th January 2020, or on Saturday 25th between 6.00am and 7.00am. The TSB Stadium is situated on Mason Drive beside the New Plymouth racecourse.


The Taranaki Challenge starts from the TSB Stadium in Mason Drive New Plymouth on Saturday 25th January 2020. Assemble from 6.30am onwards. Tandems and Solos start at 7.30am. Relay teams will start approximately 5 minutes after solo riders have left and are not to assemble with the solo riders. This will be monitored. 74km Solo and 74km Solo Ebike rides start from Te Kiri 11.00am with an option of getting yourself to the start or catching a bus with your bike, extra cost $30.00. All results will be based on wave start time.


The Taranaki Cycle Challenge will finish at the TSB Stadium in Mason Drive New Plymouth. A carnival atmosphere will prevail with a live band. Food and refreshments will be available. This is not a BYO event. Prizegiving starts at 5.00pm and major prize winners must be present and present ID to collect your prize.

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