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Dams Challenge

Sun 7th Apr 2019 • by Bicycling WA
Champion Lakes, Western Australia, AU

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Tickets AUD $139–AUD $239

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What you need to know

The Dams Challenge was conceived in a cafe on the terrace in Fremantle on 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, and thus, The Dams Challenge was created!

The event offers a course for everyone: The 5 Dams Challenge, 3 Dams Challenge, and 2 Dams Challenge! All three Dams Challenge courses offer tough climbing and utterly thrilling descents!

Distances in this event

  1. 5 Dams Challenge

    Bike 205km
    Sun 7th Apr 2019
    AUD $239
    Tickets available
  2. 3 Dams Challenge

    Bike 136km
    Sun 7th Apr 2019
    AUD $239
    Tickets available
  3. 2 Dams Challenge

    Bike 53km
    Sun 7th Apr 2019
    AUD $139
    Tickets available
Course Details

5 Dams Challenge

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.

3 Dams Challenge

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.

2 Dams Challenge

The 53 km 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.

Cut Off Times And Checkpoints

Strict cut-off times at each checkpoint are imposed.  If you do not pass through the checkpoint 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 checkpoints and cut off times are subject to change without notice. Please note these 2018 checkpoints and cut off times. They will likely change as we are awaiting approval from Statutory Authorities.

Checkpoints and Cut Off Times  (5 Dams) 

Serpentine Dam – (63 km)
Albany Hwy/Jarrahdale Rd – 12:10 pm (92 km)
Wungong Dan – 12:35 pm (112 km)
Churchman Brook – 1:30 pm (121 km)
Canning Dam – 3:30 pm (175 km)
Total Distance – 5:00 pm (205 km)

Checkpoints and Cut Off Times  (3 Dams) 

Serpentine Dam – 63 km
Albany Hwy/Jarrahdale Rd – 1:15 pm (86 km)
Wungong Dan – 106 km
Churchman Brook – 116 km
Canning Dam –  N/A
Total Distance – 136 km

Checkpoints and Cut Off Times  (2 Dams) 

Serpentine Dam –  N/A
Albany Hwy/Jarrahdale Rd –  N/A
Wungong Dan –  N/A
Churchman Brook – 17 km
Canning Dam –  31 km
Total Distance – 53 km



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


On Course Support

  • Each checkpoint will have water and nutrition
  • Lunch is provided for 3 Dams and 5 Dams riders at XX 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 checkpoint 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 checkpoints and vehicles will not be permitted to enter.

    Finisher Medallions

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

    Where is the event village for the 2018 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.

    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.

    Can I swap my jersey size or design?

    Strictly NO jersey swaps from 1 January.  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 on 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, it is strongly discouraged to use 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

    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.

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