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Check out all the highlights from the 2016 Dams Challenge below.
THE DAMS CHALLENGE
The Dams Challenge is recognised as one of the 50 top rides in the world* and is Western Australia's premier on-road cycling challenge.
Choose your challenge with either the 145km Wembley Cycles 3 Dams or 241km SCODY 5 Dams Challenge and be one of nearly 2,000 riders who take on this monumental ride each April.
Places are strictly limited and demand is always high, so secure a place now in the must-do cycling event of the Western Australian cycling calendar.
Bicycling Western Australia members: $159
Early-bird registration: FREE SCODY 2017 Dams Challenge commemorative jersey.
SCODY 5 DAMS CHALLENGE
The SCODY 5 Dams Challenge is a challenging and rewarding event for serious cyclists throughout Australia. Put your legs to the test on this 241km ride featuring over 2,000m of vertical climbing.
WEMBLEY CYCLES 3 DAMS CHALLENGE
The 145km Wembley Cycles 3 Dams Challenge gives you a taste of the challenge and is great for those who want to experience the thrill of the Dams Challenge and perfect for those that want to work up to the 5 Dams next year.
The 2017 Dams Challenge is fully supported and includes food and water stations along the course, hydration supplies, motorbike marshals, first aid, mechanical support, broom wagon and more.
Riders have 12 hours to complete the challenge (course closes at 1800 hours). This means riders will need to travel at an average of at least 20km/h over the course, depending on stoppage time.
The Dams Challenge is now an individual event. The event is a personal challenge and NOT a race - no place-getter prizes are awarded.
HISTORY OF THE DAMS CHALLENGE
The event had its genesis in 1998 and was first offically staged in 2010. It has quickly grown from little over 350 local riders to more than 1,700 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.
So choose your Challenge, choose your partner and good luck!