This weekend, S&T’s Auckland and Wellington teams met half way to participate in the 38th annual Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. 20,000 people attended this year’s event making it New Zealand’s largest cycling event with participants from over 23 countries.

Tim, Brent and Michelle took part in the 160km relay around Lake Taupo. Starting at 6am, they came in with a time of 7hours and 35mins. The S&T crowd roared when Tim overtook a small child and there was an anti-climax when the team were mistaken and thought they came first.

Pontus, Tymen, Matt and Nigel entered the 35km mountain bike ride. The tracks offered excellent conditions despite ample rain the night before. Meandering along the Waikato River, through dense forests and over flowering meadows the riders were impressed by surroundings and the organisation of the event. Simon took part in the 85km mountain bike ride coming in with an impressive time of 5hours and 27mins.

Whilst the weather was slightly haphazard with light hail and a few summer breezes. S&T stood proud in their S&T bike shirts with Tim and Matt also geared up with handle bar Moustache’s in celebration of Movember.