After COVID-19 kiboshed last year’s edition, over 1000 cyclists came out to ride the 25th Dams Challenge in the Perth Hills of Western Australia on Sunday 16 April.

Long considered the region’s most prestigious and toughest event, participants could choose routes based on how many reservoir dams they would pass by or over : Two Dams 54km, Three Dams 132km and the “Dammit this hurts” 204km Five Dams. Starting in Champion Lakes riders on the Five Dams route climbed over 2500 meters with leg-breaking pitches up to 13%!

In the Five Dams competition two riders had a really good ride, actually a great ride, finishing in just under six hours, with David Manners (5:59:09.32) first by a wheel’s length over Thomas Bruins (5:59:09.75). Diego Gomez was next at 6:01:24. The finish of the women’s category also came down to a tight two-up sprint, with Georgia Keyser (6:58:57) narrowly beating Emma Jones (6:58:58).

Bradley Smith (3:55:49 M) and Alejandra Rojas Jordan (5:09:47 W) were fastest across the Three Dams 132km route, with Euan Gow (1:53:33 M) and Karli Beukes (1:58:53 W) accomplishing the same feat in the Two Dams event.

Complete Dams Challenge Results HERE.

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