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Approx 15km
Entry fee: $59

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Approx 30km
Entry fee: $79



Approx 45km
Entry fee: $89


Short course  -  parents/caregivers ride free, if riding alongside child for support, must stay together! Parents do not need to register when riding with their child. Minimum age on short course is 8 years

Mid-Course - recommended minimum age 14 years. This is a solid ride, so please ensure any children participating are up to the challenge.

Long course - Prepare for an honest ride, its tough!


Will be held at the Wairakei Resort in the conference room (entry from the front or around the back via golf course carpark)

Registration will be from 2.00pm to 6pm on Saturday and from 7am on Sunday. Please allow yourself time to register on race day!

On the day entries will be taken up to 8.15 for long course, 9am for mid course and 9.30 for short course.

Any requested changes to your Registration will incur a $10 admin fee.  If you change to a longer length course, you will also need to pay the difference between course fees.

Start Times

A)      Long Course start 9.15am

B)      Mid Course start 10.00am — E bikes start first at 9.55am

C)      Short Course start 10.30am

Wave starts in all categories. Please self seed, guidelines as below:-

RACE WINNERS (extra fast) - for riders expecting to finish at the pointy end or going for the podium

BIG RING RIDERS (fast) - for solid recreational riders who are fit and prepared for the event.

MIDDLE RING RIDERS (moderate) - for more casual riders who are up for the challenge.

GRANNY RING RIDERS (slow and steady) - for those who enjoy the scenery and generally take their time!

Ladies only - last wave start for the mid course (optional )


1.       Junior - 15 and under  -  short and middle course only

2.       Young guns 16 - 19

3.       Prime 20 – 29

4.       Vet 1 30 - 39

5.       Vet 2 40 - 45

6.       Vet 3 46 - 50

7.       Vintage 51 - 59

8. Legends 60 plus

9. E bikes - Mid-course only male/female (no age categories)

10.    Overall winners for all courses male/female

Prizegiving will be held at approximately 1.30pm. Loads of spot prizes, could all placegetters please be present!

Note: Ages as at 31 December of 2019


Online orders for merchandise with entry are now closed. We will have a selection of merchandise at registration for purchase and you will be able to order at the event and we will post product out to you.

Colour for hoodie/tee shirts is grey marl. Please refer to spec sheet for sizing.

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Unisex Hoodie


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Womens (4001) and Mens (5001) Tees



Colour black, with front embroidery and logo on back. Note, vest is not puffed on back!



Merino Beanie

with front embroidery


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Event Trail Jersey

Green Monkey Velo have teamed up with Bike Taupo's Craters Classic to provide the official event jerseys.   ONLINE PRE-ORDER and information here:

The event special price is $99 (normally these jerseys are $149) 



We don’t get a lot of mud in Taupo due to our free draining soil, however, one of these will make your bike look sharp!! (we think they are aerodynamic too)


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Very Cool Socks

Orange or Black

$17.50 pair


More Info

Start and Finish are at Wairakei Resort

Parking behind BP Wairakei.  You will then need to walk/ride to the start line approx 600 metres, along the road verge and under the road through the Wairakei Golf Course Tunnel.  Carpark will have parking wardens to help on the day.

All riders must DISMOUNT to go through the Golf Course Tunnel

There will be a tent at the start line for you to leave a bag (drop zone) so you can keep warm at the start and ditch those extra layers just before your race. You will have a label with your race plate to attach to bag handles.

Finishers Medals for 1st 2nd and 3rd placing in all categories.

Overall winners male/female will receive a Craters Classic “Very Taupo” trophy and prize money.

Any requested changes to your Registration will incur a $10 admin fee.  If you change to a longer length course, you will also need to pay the difference between course fees.



There will be no refunds, however you can transfer to next years event or find somebody else to take your entry.


Whilst absolutely every effort will be made to run the event, it is possible that all or part of the event may have to be cancelled at any stage due to extreme factors, this decision to be at the sole discretion of the organisers. If the event is cancelled, the organisers are under no obligation to provide refunds to competitors. Under no circumstances shall the organisers be held liable for any delay or failure in performance resulting directly or indirectly from acts of nature, forces or causes beyond its reasonable control including without limitation; fires, flood, storms, explosion, acts of God, war or governmental actions.

Please note: We reserve the right to remove riders from the course if we feel it is necessary for the health and safety of our competitors and volunteers. This decision will be at the race directors discretion.