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DAM TOUGH: Cyclists Barbara and Jan Cilliers and Cecil and Izelle Barnard at That Dam Ride last year.
DAM TOUGH: Cyclists Barbara and Jan Cilliers and Cecil and Izelle Barnard at That Dam Ride last year. File

CYCLING: Up to 100 cyclists are expected to join this year's arduous That Dam Ride challenge next weekend.

The annual ride, gearing up for it's fifth edition, attracts riders from across the Granite Belt and up to Brisbane.

Despite the anticipated heatwave that'll greet riders on February 25 - it's all in the name of charity.

Proceeds from the day are given to the Lions Club before they disperse them to local charities and organisations.

The event is organised by Dan Cuthbert and Southern Downs Regional Council's Jenny Sherrin.

"It doesn't differ from previous years so we've got four rides, four loops.

"Different fitness levels can chose their own ride,” co-organiser Jenny Sherrin said.

The full course is 125km but, for people less experienced, there is also a 75km half course, 45km and a family-friendly 20km novice course. The first ride, being the 125km, starts at 5.45am from Storm King Dam and back again.

"It goes up over Mt Tully, back down by the Ballandean Tavern, across and around to Bents Rd, Lynam Rd, back through Glen Aplin, out through Thorndale, to Amiens, Severnlea to Glen Aplin again and bike track back to Storm King Dam,” Jenny said.

"It really is quite challenging.

"We run it this weekend so it becomes part of the first weekend of the Apple and Grape.

"We have about 100 usually. We often don't get all the riders signed up until this last week.

"So far this year we've got about 38 riders... so far. About half and half in terms of locals and people from elsewhere,” she said.

To take part it'll cost $75 for the 125km ride, $50 for the 75km, 45km is $40 and 20km is $30 and kids under 14 is $20.

A barbecue will be hosted at the dam at the conclusion of the ride.

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