The Long Way Around for 2020 is back again with another exciting route planned, with approximately 25% covering new areas! This adventure ride event is a GPS navigated adventure ride, taking riders approximately 700km in 2 days, the long way around Lake Taupo, including offshoots onto private farmland and forestry roads and tracks you may never have had the opportunity to explore before.
On both days, the main route will be made up of a real mix of winding back country roads, gravel roads, and reasonably well formed off-road tracks through farms & forestry. Riders taking the challenge sections may expect steeper tracks and slippery areas and will be more of a challenge if wet!
On the Saturday night riders will be welcomed at a rustic and charming private lodge for the night, to relax at the bar and enjoy a delicious, well-deserved buffet dinner. A social evening where everyone can share their stories , and some lucky prizes will be given out. Sunday morning starts with a hearty breakfast before setting off on day 2 of the adventure, which is shorter than Saturdays route, to allow riders to get back into Taupo at a reasonable hour in the afternoon!
The Long Way Around is suitable for road registered dual purpose motorcycles, from the 250’s to the 1200’s. Pillions are welcome!
WHAT TO EXPECT
The Long Way Around will take you on a journey through spectacularly scenic areas you may not have ridden before. Bring your camera! Depending on the weather, there may be small sections that will require a moderate level of off road rider skills, and we recommend bikes are fitted with adventure tyres. These sections may include short steeper inclines and declines, rutted areas, slippery/muddy terrain and stream crossings. There will also be optional challenge sections suitable for the competent off-road rider on enduro style bikes. Fuel stops & cafes along the route have been alerted so they will be well stocked with great food and good coffee during the days ride.
We advise groups riding together should have at least two riders with GPS (in case one gets momentarily lost). Riders must navigate the route using a GPS, this ride is no longer navigated using roll charts. It is important that at least one rider in your group is competent at using this form of navigation. Epic Events staff riders (wearing high-vis Suzuki vests and riding Suzuki bikes) will be on route to guide and give assistance where needed.
Registration – $395 per Rider, $195 per Pillion - Includes:
- Friday night registration and briefing
- 2 superb days of adventure riding through stunning Central Plateau scenery
- A well-deserved hot buffet dinner Saturday evening
- Comfortable, shared accommodation Saturday night in a private rustic lodge with a fantastic atmosphere, well-stocked bar, hot showers & all linen provided.
- Hearty buffet breakfast Sunday morning
- Lucky prizes on Saturday night
- Guides, sweep crew and support vehicle
- GPS co-ordinates
- Land Access Fees
- Free designer tee!
REGISTRATION MEET & GREET- Suncourt Hotel - 14 Northcroft St, Taupo. 073788265
Registration from 7.30pm – 9.30pm, Friday 20th November. This will be at Suncourt Hotel, Taupo. A great pre-ride chance for everyone to have a catch-up and a chinwag, and ensure you are all prepared to get away early the following morning without any hitches. This will include a pre-ride briefing, where all riders must sign-on, and collect your ride packs, stickers, and The Long Way Around Tees.
Then it’s all go Saturday morning to head out and start your adventure. After a full day of fun we all meet again at a comfortable lodge with rustic charm, and a relaxed atmosphere to spend the night.
On Sunday after day 2 of the adventure, riders will arrive back in Taupo in the afternoon.
The Epic van will be available to carry bags you do not wish to take with you on your bike.