3 Dams challenge for 2018

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3 Dams challenge for 2018

Postby ausrider » Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:52 am

A friend who does around 1200km a month mainly commuting and weekend ride is thinking of joining us for the 3 dams challenge next year. His power is currently only around 2.5W/kg and he's not sure if he can finish the ride comfortably. He has done multiple century rides on and offroad before but he's a big guy.

What're your thoughts especially if you have done it?

Asking for a friend. :D

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Re: 3 Dams challenge for 2018

Postby alh9a5 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:52 pm

Hi Ausrider

I'm a big fella and have previously completed 3 dams. At the time I was around 95kgs and doing similar amount of riding to your mate, not sure about watts as I don't have a power meter. When I signed up I had yet to do a 100km ride, so my training for dams was a weekly 100km plus ride into the hills (up Greenmount and around Mundaring Weir road, which are part of the course).

On the day I felt very comfortable having done the first few climbs previously and finished no problems, so I would say its definitely doable for someone who already has many 100km rides under their belt.

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Adam

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Re: 3 Dams challenge for 2018

Postby tomness » Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:55 pm

If your friend can do 100+km off road (mtb?) rides and rides 1200km a month then the three dams should be fine. When I did the three dams I was only doing around 1000km a month for two or three months before the event. I did a few hilly 100km road rides in the weeks before the event which helped me gauge how I was going. It went fine.

However if your friend is wanting to finish in the top 10 or 20 or 50 then it may not be such a comfortable ride.

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Re: 3 Dams challenge for 2018

Postby NewStew » Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:15 pm

I am heavy and would be likely in the 2.5 W/kg range (I guess based on a smart trainer FTP and my weight). I have done three dams before and 2018 will be my 5th. If he is already doing 100km rides with a bit of build up to gradually get it up to 120-130km with hills then they will be totally fine and should even be able to do a respectable time (top third). It always hurts at some point (usually coming out of Canning and Wungong dams or back up the freeway) because if it doesnt then you either havent gone hard enough or you havent done your fair share on the front!

Prepping for the dams ride is almost as much fun as riding it!

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Re: 3 Dams challenge for 2018

Postby ausrider » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:21 pm

tomness wrote:If your friend can do 100+km off road (mtb?) rides and rides 1200km a month then the three dams should be fine. When I did the three dams I was only doing around 1000km a month for two or three months before the event. I did a few hilly 100km road rides in the weeks before the event which helped me gauge how I was going. It went fine.

However if your friend is wanting to finish in the top 10 or 20 or 50 then it may not be such a comfortable ride.


Imperial century, not metric century...he has no problem doing 160km on and offroad but 3 dams has 1800+ meters of elevation gain and he's not too sure. Will take him out to do more hill climb and proper pacing and see...

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Re: 3 Dams challenge for 2018

Postby billy70 » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:07 am

Some great advice here. On those ride volumes, he should have no problems. It’s a Ride not a Race, so sensible pacing up the climbs will likely engender success. Of course, a bit of Hills training in the preceding months would also go a long way to building the right type of fitness and confidence.
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Re: 3 Dams challenge for 2018

Postby Mububban » Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:26 pm

Hmm, I wonder if my scrawny butt could cope with 145km....I'm hoping to do my first 100km+ ride this weekend. 50-80km with the group is okay, I did 50km in the hills recently and did okay. Combining the two (and then some) will be a challenge!

Edit : just answered my own question

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Re: 3 Dams challenge for 2018

Postby Mububban » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:46 pm

Well I just registered for this ride. I've got some serious work to do between now and April!
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Re: 3 Dams challenge for 2018

Postby NewStew » Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:10 am

Mububban wrote:Well I just registered for this ride. I've got some serious work to do between now and April!


Prepping is more than half the fun... if you live somewhere close to the city and are interested in hills rides with a small group send me a PM.

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Re: 3 Dams challenge for 2018

Postby XIX » Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:40 pm

He will be fine. I did it last year and although I stopped for a rub down at Wugong, it was ok otherwise. Bit of a grind, but I am 95+ kg and didn't do any hills before hand ( I did Mount St, Kings park and Mosman Park Hill). It's all about going at your own pace and keeping fueled and hydrated.

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Re: 3 Dams challenge for 2018

Postby astroguy » Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:30 pm

NewStew wrote:
Mububban wrote:Well I just registered for this ride. I've got some serious work to do between now and April!


Prepping is more than half the fun... if you live somewhere close to the city and are interested in hills rides with a small group send me a PM.


I'd be keen to do some hill rides if you guys are having one...I'm a beginner and new and need to get ready.

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