The K2 is possibly the toughest one day cycle challenge in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also one of the most scenic and varied with the route travelling through sub tropical forest, pacific coastlines, rural farmland and the Pohutukawa 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.
There are also the shorter distance Cervelo K1 (96km) and Nicholas Browne Challenge (53km) events and these two events have an E Bike category.
There is also a gravel ride which starts in Coromandel Town and finishes in Thames. The gravel ride will have a new route each year.
Finally every 4 years we run the EnergyclubNZ K4, its just been so the next one will be in 2022. This is two laps of the main event and starts on the Friday evening.
Click here for the 2018 Results
This next race marks the 18th anniversary of the K2 and the race will start in Thames and travel in an anticlockwise direction through Tairua, Whitianga, Coromandel and back to Thames.
Stage 1 Kopu- Hikuai -Thames to Tairua 53km
Stage 2 Coroglen - Tairua to Whitianga 43km
Stage 3 Kuaotunu - Whitianga to Coromandel 43km
Stage 4 Kereta - Coromandel to Thames 53km