28MarAll DayThe Dams ChallengeA challenging ride to the dams in the Perth escarpmentPerthState:WADiscipline:RoadTerrain:Mixed,UndulatingDistance:121-160 km,160+ km,41-80 kmType Ride:Century,Gran-fondo,Recreational
A personal challenge to ride the Dams Challenge around the hills of Perth! The 3 and 5 Dams Challenge is known as Perth’s most challenging and rewarding
A personal challenge to ride the Dams Challenge around the hills of Perth!
The 3 and 5 Dams Challenge is known as Perth’s most challenging and rewarding event for serious cyclists throughout Australia. It is also known as one of the 50 best rides in the world and for a good reason!
The 3 Dams Challenge is made up of three events or courses; these being the 5 dams, the 3 dams and the newer 2 dams route. All three courses offer tough climbing and thrilling descents. In previous years the 3 Dams Challenge has gone up Greenmount and then into Mundaring Weir. The route now is staying to the Southeast dams region of the Foothills ie south of Rollystone and Canning Mills area.
2 dams. 54km with 700m elevation gain.
3 dams. 130km with 1600m elevation gain.
5 dams. 205km with 2400m elevation gain.
The Dams Challenge starts at Champion Lakes in the south-east suburb of Armadale at the base of the Perth Hills. Armadale is about 40 km away from the CBD and 30 km from the airport access via car. The train is a great option, and you can get to the start by getting off at Kelmscott station and riding the 3km to Champion Lakes. Just make sure you check the timetable for the Armadale train service on a Sunday.
The 3 and 5 dams riders head south on the flatlands turning up into the hills to tackle the Serpentine, Wungong, and Churchman Brook dams. The 5 dams riders will then continue on to do the Serpentine pipe-head and Canning Dam. The 2 dams riders meanwhile leave on Albany Highway turning off to do the Churchman Brook Dam and the Canning Dam before returning down Albany Highway and back to the start at Champion Lakes. Easy!
On completing the ride, each rider receives a participation medal. Something that you can wear with pride as completing this ride is a major achievement!
This event is timed but it isn’t a race. It’s a personal challenge!
You register for this event as an individual but can pair up as a team on the day.
The Dams Challenge 2020 is in early April, in the fall or autumn season, the temperature should be mild and dry with a cool start.
This event is held in the eastern suburbs of Perth where the Hills are, ie 20km from the CBD and 10km east of the Airport. It is a beautiful part of Perth to visit, and there are some nice cideries and wineries to visit on your way home!
You’ll find other cycling events, like the Dams Challenge, in our online Cycling Event Calendar.