Richard Bonner was the first cyclist to complete the 100km course in the That Dam Ride charity event at the weekend. Photo Erin Smith/Stanthorpe Border Post
Richard Bonner was the first cyclist to complete the 100km course in the That Dam Ride charity event at the weekend. Photo Erin Smith/Stanthorpe Border Post Erin Smith

A dam good bike ride

RIDERS flocked from Brisbane to the Southern Downs to take part in Stanthorpe's inaugural That Dam Ride, which attracted almost as many riders as the first ever Tour de France.

The first Tour de France, in 1903, put up just 60 riders, leaving That Dam Ride organiser Dan Cuthbert thrilled with the 54 competitors the Sunday's event drew.

"We would have been happy with 50, so to get a few extras was a real bonus," he said.

Cuthbert said there were three main reasons that inspired him to get the event up and running.

"Aside from being a cyclist myself, we wanted to raise some money, show off Stanthorpe and also give riders from the city a different riding experience," he said.

"Cycling out here is a lot different to the city; in Brisbane it's a lot more dangerous and harder to relax, whereas out here you can ride for 100km and not see a single car or traffic light."

The ride was originally scheduled for last October but had to be cancelled due to lack of interest.

"Unfortunately we didn't have enough riders to go ahead as we had initially planned but we just kept trying and it eventually all came together," Cuthbert said

"A big thank you to all of the volunteers, sponsors and participants. The event was only possible because of all of your hard work."

This year all money raised will be donated to the Granite Belt Support Services.

A full statement of the money raised is expected to be posted on the event's website by the end of next week, www.thatdamride.com.au.

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