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2022 EVENT CANCELLED

From the team here at WestCycle we are disheartened to share some very disappointing news regarding this year’s Dams Challenge event.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control we need to cancel this year’s Dams Challenge. Our team at WestCycle are bitterly disappointed as we are committed to continue to make this an iconic event on the bike riding calendar but with some major challenges brought about by COVID once again, we are faced with no other option.

Read the full article HERE

The 2 Dams Challenge (54kms) is the perfect introduction to cycling events. The event is well supported and manageable.

Whilst there are certainly some challenging climbs, this distance is shorter. Even riders with limited experience should be able to train up this event!

The 3 Dams Challenge (134kms) is a great way to test yourself. Anyone can attempt this event, but preparation will be important!

This means starting months, not weeks, in advance. You’ll need to prepare accordingly for the duration. Nutrition, goal setting, and physical training will be key to a successful ride.

The 5 Dams Challenge (205km) is the big one! This event will require solid preparation to complete in reasonable condition.

The climbs (especially by the end of the ride) will be incredibly testing and require good preparation. Ensuring you progress over a long period into the event is key to success – so start training early!

2022 DAMS CHALLENGE COURSES

EVENT PRICING


EARLY BIRD

1 November 2021 - 31 December 2021

STANDARD

1 January 2022 - 29 March 2022

WestCycle Members: $99

Non-Members $129

WestCycle Members: $119

Non-Members $149

WestCycle Members: $149

Non-Members $209

WestCycle Members: $179

Non-Members $239

WestCycle Members: $159

Non-Members $219

WestCycle Members: $189

Non-Members $249

Your 2022 Dams Challenge Entry Fee Includes:

  • Rider Entry
  • Timing and Results
  • Dams Challenge Finisher’s Medal
  • Hydration and Nutrition Pit Stops
  • Lunch
  • Medical Support
  • Finish Venue
  • On-day event Photography by PB Photography
  • End of Ride Massage
  • Iced Towel

DISCOUNTED ENTRY

Our Members get priority pricing – even after the Early Period period closes. If you’re not a member, it’s quick and easy to join, and you’ll be supporting WA cycling! Check out our Membership page HERE.

If you sign up as a member prior to entering to claim your discount, please allow 1-2 business days for your membership status to be processed.

The 2022 Training Guides designed by our exclusive training partners Exercise Institute are now here!

All Dams Challenge entrants are invited to take advantage of these free guides to assist with preparation coming into the event. Each guide includes a 10 week overview of distance-specific training that you can incorporate into your preparation.

If you’re wanting to take your training to the next level, we recommend getting involved with the Couch to Dams program – exclusive to WestCycle members! The Couch to Dams program is an interactive, online program designed by Exercise Institute with 4-5 prescribed sessions each week, specific to your chosen event distance. Delivered through Training Peaks, the Couch to Dams program will help you to stay motivated and track your progress coming into the event.

Join our Facebook Group to receive easy access to the exclusive Member Training Programs!

Not a member? Join today and become a part of the Couch to Dams community!

COUCH TO DAMS 2022

Couch to Dams is an exclusive training program for WestCycle Ride Members who have registered to participate in the 2022 Dams Challenge.

The program has been designed by the team of experts at Exercise Institute, with the goal of progressing you over time towards your chosen event injury free and in peak fitness.

Couch to Dams takes the standard Dams Training Guides to the next level, offering you a more comprehensive and interactive training program with specific activities prescribed across the week. The program is executed through TrainingPeaks so you can track your progress over time and stay motivated coming into the event

Plus, if you’re new to TrainingPeaks, you’ll receive 2 weeks of premium membership! Following this, you can continue to access your Couch to Dams program on the standard version free of charge.

To join the free Couch to Dams program, simply sign up to the 2022 Dams Challenge as a WestCycle Member (if you’re not a member, make sure to join before you register HERE) and join our Private Facebook Group, or email us and we will provide you with all the details you’ll need in order to gain access to the program. Too easy!

WestCycle are looking for volunteers for the annual Dams Challenge to be held on Sunday the 10th of April. 2022

Volunteers are needed in roles both prior to and on event day, and there are a range of roles available. These roles are ideal for anyone with a keen interest in cycling, non-riders who want to support family or friends in the event, or students seeking event experience to add to their resumes.

What are the Event Terms and Conditions
The terms and conditions are available HERE.
I transferred from 2021 to 2022. Do I need to enter again?
No, you don’t need to enter again. Log in to Register Now HERE if you wish to check the details of your entry. Please note that as jerseys are not included this year, you will need to add one to your entry if you wish to receive a jersey. You can add a jersey to your registration by logging in prior to the close of the Early Bird period and proceeding through the checkout.
When does the early bird period finish?
The Early Bird period finishes at Midnight on December 31, 2021. This will be also be the cutoff date to order a Pedal Mafia jersey or bib knicks. To secure any merchandise, make sure you enter before this cutoff time.
Can I change the size of my jersey/merchandise?
You may edit your chosen merchandise size until the early bird period closes at Midnight on December 31/ 2021.

Instructions on how to do this can be found on the Register Now Support Hub HERE. After this period, merchandise size changes will not be offered.

 

Our merchandise is made to order, meaning we will not have extra stock should you wish to change your size once the early bird period closes. Please read the sizing guide carefully before selecting your size. If you are unsure of your size, please make sure to visit Pedal Mafia in-store to get advice prior to the early bird period closing time.

I can no longer attend. Can I get a refund?
WestCycle has a strict no refund policy for the Dams Challenge.

You may transfer your entry to another rider, Please email the team at WestCycle via info@westcycle.org.au.

Please note that if the transfer occurs after the early bird period closes, you will be unable to change the size or category of any merchandise originally purchased.

How can I stay up to date with the latest Dams Challenge information?
Please follow us on social media to stay up to date with all things Dams. We will also keep this webpage regularly updated in the lead up to the event. All registered participants will receive regular emails leading in to the event with any relevant information they’ll need to know.
Are there any age restrictions on this event?
Riders must be aged 16 years or older on the day of the event. Riders aged between 16 and 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and must complete the exemption form. Complete the form HERE.
Will there be a cloaking service?
Yes, a cloaking service will be provided at the event. Please look out for the signs at the event for the drop off location. The location will also be noted on the map in the Rider Guide.
Is this event a race? Do I need a license to enter?
This event is NOT a race, it is a personal challenge. How you choose to ride the event is up to you. Relax and enjoy the social atmosphere amongst friends, or smash your way to a PB. It’s completely up to you!

 

We recommend choosing your distance according to what you would like to get out of the event.

A license is not required to participate in this event. We strongly recommend that riders become a WestCycle Premium Ride Member to ensure they are covered 24/7 for personal accident and public liability whenever and wherever they ride, including at events such as the Dams. You can find out more and become a member HERE to receive discounted entry pricing and access to the exclusive Couch to Dams training and discount program.

What type of bike and equipment will I need?
Compulsory equipment:
  • A legal and roadworthy bicycle
    • eBikes are welcome – please specify that you will be riding an eBike when entering
    • All types of bicycles are allowed, however make sure to consider the distance and intensity of your chosen ride when selecting the kind of bicycle you will use. A road bicycle is strongly recommended
    • Time trial bikes are NOT recommended due to the nature of the course and safety considerations
  • A helmet (Australian Standard)
  • A white front and red rear light
  • Puncture repair kit including spare tube(s)
  • 2 x drink bottles
  • Extra food supplies

Strongly recommended equipment:

  • Mobile phone
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Gloves
  • Credit card or cash in case of emergency
Can I purchase merchandise after the early bird period finishes?
Unfortunately not. Our fantastic Pedal Mafia jerseys and bib knicks are made-to-order and require manufacturing lead time so they can arrive in time for you to enjoy them on the day of the event – and beyond. Please make sure to enter within the early bird period to secure any merchandise.
I need to make a change to my entry?
No problem. Sign in to your entry any time HERE. Please note we will not be able to accept any changes to merchandise after midnight on December 31, 2021. Other changes to your entry may be made up until midnight on 5th April 2022.
When will I receive my merchandise and event pack?
We will be offering pack collections prior to the event day. Due to the large number of entrants that the Dams Challenge attracts, we are unable to facilitate on-day pack collections. All packs will need to be collected during the pack collection period. Details about pack collection will be communicated closer to the event date on the WestCycle website and via email.
How can I get to the event? Will parking be available?
You could ride, catch public transport, or drive to the event. Plan your trip to the event with Transperth HERE.

Free parking will be available at the event village on the day, accessible only via Champion Drive (Henley Drive access will be closed).

Will there be an event briefing?
Yes. A video briefing will be uploaded to the Dams Challenge website prior to the event and emailed to all registered riders.

An on-day briefing will also be held prior to the start of each event category.

Please make sure to read the Rider Guide which will be uploaded to the Dams Challenge website and emailed to all registered riders prior to the event. This will contain all the information you will need to get the most out of the event.

Can I transfer my entry to another person?
If you are no longer able to attend the Dams Challenge, and want to transfer your entry to another person, you can most certainly do so.

Please email the team at WestCycle via info@westcycle.org.au.

For those who purchased an Event Jersey during the Early Bird Period, the Original Rider will still receive this merchandise. If the New Rider (Transferee) is wanting to purchase this jersey off the original rider, this will be up to the discretion of the original rider. Payment will then need to organised by the the two parties involved.

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Your donation will help provide a bicycle, exercise education, training programs and mentoring of individuals in this remote community.

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