The Cranleigh K2 is the toughest one day cycle challenge in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also one of the most scenic and varied with the route traveling through sub tropical forest, pacific coastlines, rural farmland and the Puhutakawa coastline of the Hauraki Gulf.
The event is named after Kuaotunu, an enchanting community on the wild eastern coastline of the Coromandel Peninsula. In Maori, the name Kuaotunu means “to inspire fear in young animals” ! The 2 represents the almost 200km that the ride will cover. By coincidence K2 is the 2nd highest, and probably the most difficult to climb, mountain in the World..
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This next race marks the 15th anniversary of the Cranleigh K2 and the race will start in Tairua and travel in an anticlockwise direction through Whitianga, Coromandel, Thames and back to Tairua.
Stage 1 Coroglen Tairua-Whitianga 43km
Stage 2 Kuaotunu Whitianga-Coromandel 43km
Stage 3 Kereta Coromandel-Thames 53km
Stage 4 Kopu-Hikuai Thames-Tairua 53km