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Sunday, 23 June 2019



Blue Chip Timing links  GENERAL   5 DAMS   3 DAMS   2 DAMS

The 53km 2 Dams Challenge gives a small taste of the challenge and lets you experience the thrill of the event. Start with the 2 Dams and work up to the 3 Dams and 5 Dams in the future.

The 136km 3 Dams Challenge gives you a major taste of the challenge and over 1500m vertical climbing. It’s perfect for those aspiring to work up to the 5 Dams next year.

The 5 Dams Challenge is a challenging and rewarding event for serious cyclists throughout Australia. Put your legs to the test on this 205km ride featuring over 2,600m of vertical climbing.

You can enter the event as an individual rider. The Dams Challenge is fully supported and includes food and water stations along the course, nutrition supplies, motorbike marshals, first aid, broom wagon and more.

Riders have  a set amount of time to complete the challenge (the course closes at 17:00 hours). This means riders will need to travel at an average of at least 20km/h over the course, depending on stoppage time.

The event is a personal challenge and NOT a race – no place-getter prizes are awarded.



Start / Finish location: Champion Lakes Regatta Centre – Champion Lakes WA 6111

Date:  Sunday, 7 April 2019

Start Times: 5 Dams Challenge from 6am; 2 Dams Challenge from 7am; 3 Dams Challenge from 7:30am; Event cut-off 5:00pm

Rider Briefings:5 Dams Challenge from 5:40am; 2 Dams Challenge from 6:40am; 3 Dams Challenge from 6:40am

There are NO allocated start times for participants.  Riders will be released in waves of approximately 20 riders every 30 seconds commencing with the 5 Dams Challenge riders.


All three Dams Challenge courses offer tough climbing and thrilling descents.

*All routes are subject to change without notice. Please note these 2019 maps and we are awaiting approval from Statutory Authorities.

* All Bicycling Western Australia events are timed but they are not races.

We know many people are having issues uploading the GPX files. Please find the GPX export files to download in DropBox HERE 


Early Bird
(Until 31 Dec)
(From Jan 1)
(after 26 Mar)
3 Dams and 5 Dams Challenge
BWA Members $169 $189 $199
Non-Members $209 $239 $249
2 Dams Challenge
BWA Members $99 $109 $119
Non-Members $129 $139 $149


Pedal Mafia are the official clothing sponsor for the event.

Register for the Challenge prior to the 31 December and receive a free Pedal Mafia official event jersey (RRP $129).

Strictly NO jersey swaps. Please note if you change your category (eg from 3 Dams to 5 Dams) your jersey design does not change (will still be a 3 Dams).

Men’s Size Guide          Women’s Size Guide

Find information regarding the measurement process HERE


Strict cut-off times at each check point are imposed.  If you do not pass through the check point before the nominated cut-off times you will be deemed to be out of the event.  Nutrition at the checkpoints will be stated in the Rider Guide when released. 2 Dams Challenge have no required cut-off times as riders should complete before 5 Dams Challenge participants.

All check points and cut off times are subject to change without notice. Please note these 2018 check points and cut off times. They will likely change as we are awaiting approval from Statutory Authorities.

Checkpoints and Cut Off Times 5 Dams  3 Dams 2 Dams
Serpentine Dam (63km) 63km
Albany Hwy/Jarrahdale Rd 12:10pm (92km) 1:15pm (86km)
Wungong Dan 12:35pm (112km) 106km
Churchman Brook 1:30pm (121km) 116km 17km
Canning Dam 3:30pm (175km) 31km
5:00pm (205km) 136km 53km


  • Each check point will have water and nutrition
  • Large food stop is for 3 Dams and 5 Dams riders at Wungong Dam
  • Motorbike marshals will patrol the course providing assistance as required
  • St John Ambulance will be present to provide medical support
  • Broom wagons will follow the last rider
  • Each check point and motorbike marshals will all have tubes and gas cylinders which can be used and paid for after the event

Please note: Private support vehicles are not permitted as they cause unnecessary traffic congestion and inhibit the ability of official event support vehicles to efficiently navigate the course. Road closures will be in place around some check points and vehicles will not be permitted to enter.


The Dams Challenge is NOT a race however we do time each rider.  The purpose for timing is to enable us to monitor your progress, locate you on the course and for your information.

Family and friends will be able to monitor your progress throughout the day with live-to-web streaming from check-points.

Due to the lack of communications in some areas not every check point will provide live results.  The final location of the timing stations will be announced in the rider packs.


Become a member of Bicycling Western Australia’s Strava Club and track your progress against other Dams Challenge participants. You can upload your rides to Bicycling Western Australia Strava Club by using your Garmin, iPhone or Android device.


Rider Packs and jersey (if you ordered one) will be available for collection from the Leederville Sporting Club on these dates: Friday, 5 April 11am – 5pm or Saturday, 6 April 8am – 12pm. Strictly NO pick up on event day.


We are hosting two rider information nights in the lead-up to the event. Join us for a FREE rider information session featuring tips on training, nutrition, fitness preparation and more.

Thursday, 14 March
Location: Level 1/1 Westbury Crescent, Bicton WA 6157
Maximum guests: 100
Free registration

Wednesday, 20 March
Location: Floreat Forum Shopping Centre, 89 Howtree Pl, Floreat WA 6014
Maximum guests: 50
Free registration


Every 2 Dams, 3 Dams and 5 Dams Challenge rider who crosses the finish line will receive a commemorative medallion to mark the achievement.


Winners Sports Nutrition is proud to be the Official Energy Bar & Gel supplier of the 2019 Dams Challenge. Winners energy products have been developed specifically for cyclists and are used and recommended by cycling champion Cadel Evans.  Nutrition plays a vital role for extended rides – Winners will be providing a mix of their energy bars, gels and chews throughout the ride.


Winners are offering a 10% discount from winnersbars.com for all riders participating in Dams Challenge.

Coupon Code: DAMS19


Correct training and preparation is the best way to get the most out of your Dams Challenge experience.  Whether you are an experienced rider coming back to the 2019 Dams Challenge or a first-time entrant, these guides offer some good advice and schedules to enable you to get the most out of the day.

Riding any category in one day through hilly terrain is a significant challenge.  These programs are designed as a guide to enable riders to complete their chosen challenge event.

It is assumed that you have a reasonable level of fitness and bike skills before commencing the program.  It also assumes most participants will do their longer training sessions on weekends with limited time before/after work for training.  The longer hours of daylight during summer provides an ideal opportunity for 40-50kms ride or interval sessions during the week.

2 Dams Challenge

NOVICE – Provided by the Exercise Institute

3 Dams Challenge



5 Dams Challenge




A number of our partners offer group and one-on-one coaching and skills courses. 2 Dams Challenge riders are recommended to take part in a course.  Check out the list of training providers HERE


The event had its genesis in 1998 and was first officially staged in 2010. It has quickly grown from little over 350 local riders to more than 2,000 participants from all over Australia and overseas.

The 5 Dams Challenge, that fabled endurance test for ageing cyclists, was conceived in a café on the terrace in Fremantle one Saturday morning in 1998. Was it possible to incorporate the five metropolitan dams into a single day’s ride? Intrepid rider Lindsay O’Brien thought so.

The following Tuesday he set out from Claremont, up the scarp at Lesmurdie and on to Mundaring. Then proceeding south to Serpentine, past the dam to the South West Highway and back to Claremont – 280km in just under ten hours.

Many different routes have since been used but all using the basic 5 Dams Challenge framework.

Solitude is the devil’s playground, so the ride is more enjoyable in a group. Many teams of riders have completed the ride, mainly motivated by Ian Pauley who initiated the Summer/Winter Solstice rides and has probably completed the ride more times than any other along with Graham Forward, Peter Gunzberg and Brian “Capo” Roberts.

The ride itself produces its own drama. The fatigue of ill-prepared riders brings out the best and the worst in them. The camaraderie such a ride invokes makes it a memorable experience.


If you would like to volunteer your time and join the Bicycling Western Australia team in delivering the event, please register your interest in the below link. There are plenty of roles available including: rider check-in, aid station attendant, motorbike marshal, corner marshal, parking marshal, tail end bike rider and more.

Each Dams Challenge volunteer will receive:

  • Valuable experience working on a world class event
  • Official event shirt
  • Foods and refreshments throughout the day
  • Task description – to ensure you are clear about your role on the day


Listed below is a number of frequently asked questions about the Dams Challenge.  If you cannot find the answer to your question then please contact us.

Where is the event village for the 2019 Dams Challenge?

The start/finish area will be situated at Champion Lakes Regatta Centre – Champion Lakes WA 6111.

Where do I enter the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre?

Access for parking at the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre is off Champion Drive between Tonkin Hwy and Lake Road, please follow the directional parking signs.

Where can I park?

There is FREE parking available at the event village (access via north-west side of the lake on Champion Drive ONLY. No access via Henley Drive).

Parking Map

What will parking cost?


Can I use public transport to get to the venue?

Check to see if you can use public transport to the venue from your start location HERE

Do I have to register with another rider as part of a paired team?

No.  In 2017 the Dams Challenge was opened up to individual riders so each rider now needs to register individually.  You may still choose to ride as a pair (as in previous years) on the day of the event.

Can I change my event category?

Yes, if you wish to change from 3/5 Dams to 2 Dams, the difference in price will be refunded, less a $5 administration fee.  If a free jersey was included in your 3/5 Dams registration this will be forfeited.  If you would like to keep the jersey then the difference in price will not be refunded.

Yes, if you wish to change between 3 or 5 Dams, we can accommodate.

Please email [email protected] to arrange the transfer.   Please note that it is not possible to change jersey event types or sizes from 1 January. 

Any event category changes MUST be recieved by Sunday, 24 March 2019.

I can no longer attend the event, can I get a refund?

A processing fee will apply in the event of a requested refund. Changes MUST be received by Sunday, 24 March 2019.  Please note that it is not possible to change jersey event types or sizes from 1 January 2019.

Can I swap my jersey size or design?

Strictly NO jersey swaps from 1 January 2019.  Please note if you change your event category after this date (eg from 3 Dams to 5 Dams) your jersey design will not change (will still be a 3 Dams).

Where can I collect my rider pack?

Rider Packs and jerseys will be available for collection from TBC on these dates: Friday, 5 April (Time TBC) or Saturday, 6 April (Time TBC). Strictly NO pick up on event day.

Is there a type of bike restriction?

There is no restriction to what type of bike you choose to ride in the Dams Challenge provided the bike is legal to ride on the road.

Can I ride a time trial bike?

Yes, however we strongly discourage the use of Time Trial bikes and TT bars as they are not the most ideal bike to ride in this type of event.

Is there an age limit to register for the Dams Challenge?

There is no age limit however participants must be aged 16 or over.  Riders aged 16 and 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during the event and sign a permission form HERE

I have signed up for the Dams Challenge.  When will I receive specific event information?

An information pack with all the details you will need will be uploaded to this site and emailed to all registered riders in the week prior to the event.  Important details and changes will also be communicated to riders through email on a regular basis.

I have ordered a jersey.  When will it be available for collection?

Rider Packs and jerseys will be available for collection from TBC on these dates: Friday, 5 April (Time TBC) or Saturday, 6 April (Time TBC). Strictly NO pick up on event day.

Can I change the size of my jersey?

No.  All jerseys are ordered in accordance with your requested size at time of registration.

Jersey sizes can be tried on at Pedal Mafia HQ should you wish to try one on prior to registering.

I have registered and completed the payment.  How do I know if my registration is confirmed?

You will receive a confirmation email and receipt once your registration is successful.  We will contact you leading up to the event with further information.  If you do not receive an email confirmation please contact us.

I have just joined/renewed my membership with BWA however when I try to register for the event I get an error message.

Our registration system requires up to two business days to upload new membership details.  In order to receive the member discount you will need to wait at least until the next day.  If you are still not successful after a couple days please contact us.


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Pedal Mafia is our local WA apparel partner. Born out of a need to be different, Pedal Mafia brings eye-catching, fashionable products to the cycling world. Whether you’re looking for a unique kit, just want to buy some great urban wear, need help sock doping, or just want to join the family – we’ve got you covered.