Riders endure heat to raise cash for causes
ABOUT 100 riders endured scorching conditions for this year's That Dam Ride.
But the temperatures weren't the only records broken at the weekend.
Event organiser Dan Cuthbert said they enjoyed the highest number of participants in the charity ride on Sunday.
Cuthbert said despite the heat, the riders put in a great effort for the 125km, 70km, 45km and 20km rides, which began and ended at Storm King Dam.
"It was fairly warm, but that's all part of the challenge,” he said.
"We're really happy with the turnout, that's the best we've ever had.”
He said registration numbers had been down on previous years about a week ago, but came through in the days leading up to the event.
He said a small number of riders weren't able to finish their course, and one on the 70km route came off his bike and suffered grazing, but was taken to Stanthorpe Hospital and had no serious injuries.
"We had a couple of people who didn't finish... but they were still happy with their efforts because it was better than they'd done before,” he said.
Cuthbert said the money raised from entries had totalled about $2500, the best for the event so far.
This will be donated to local causes through Stanthorpe Lions.
"We'll be making an announcement soon about what we're going to do with the money,” he said.
"The funds are definitely going to be used for something in Stanthorpe that'll help the community.”
Cuthbert said he was thrilled with the outcome, particularly considering the temperature - which soared to 39C on Sunday after a record-breaking Saturday.
"I didn't expect that many riders this year, with the weather,” he said.
"They're pretty tough and they turned up and did it.”
He said only five riders had called to cancel ahead of the event.
Cuthbert thanked the Stanthorpe Lions members who helped out with the barbecue, marshalling and running water stations on the day.