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..
This years race marks the 13th anniversary of the Cranleigh K2 and this year the race will start in Coromandel and travel in an anticlockwise direction through Thames, Tairua, Whitianga and back to Coromandel.
Stage 1 Kereta Coromandel-Thames 53km
Stage 2 Kopu-Hikuai Thames-Tairua 53km
Stage 3 Coroglen Tairua-Whitianga 43km
Stage 4 Kuaotunu Whitianga-Coromandel 43km