The Flight Centre 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 traveling 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 Flight Centre K2 is the 2nd highest, and probably the most difficult to climb, mountain in the World.
There are also the shorter distance Cervelo K1 (86km) and Nicholas Browne Challenge (43km) events and for the first time we are introducing an E Bike category for these two distances.
We are also introducing a new event this year called the Dirty K, which is a 72km gravel ride which starts and finishes in Coromandel Town, via Coville and Kennedy Bay. The Dirty K will have a new route each year.
Finally every 4 years we run the EnergyclubNZ K4 and it just so happens that it will be taking place this year. This is two laps of the main event and starts on the Friday evening.
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This next race marks the 17th anniversary of the Flight Centre K2 and the race will start in Coromandel and travel in an anticlockwise direction through Thames, Tairua, Whitianga and back to Coromandel.
Stage 1 Kereta - Coromandel to Thames 53km
Stage 2 Kopu- Hikuai -Thames to Tairua 53km
Stage 3 Coroglen - Tairua to Whitianga 43km
Stage 4 Kuaotunu - Whitianga to Coromandel 43km