About the Best Dam Ride

The Best Dam Ride is not a race; it is a fun, casual bicycle ride for cyclists of all ages and experience levels. Each spring, hundreds of riders gather at J. Strom Thurmond Dam at Clarks Hill Lake to enjoy a group bicycle ride that circles the lake, covering three counties and looping through both Georgia and South Carolina. For road cyclists, there are 29, 62, and 100 mile options making the ride fun for all intensity levels. For those who prefer mountain biking, there are also 5, 16, and 36 mile options on the historic Bartram Trail, sponsored by SORBA-CSRA.

Every year, the Best Dam Ride is able to donate most - if not all - proceeds to local charity organizations. This year, the Best Dam Ride will benefit the Augusta Urban Ministries bicycle and furniture donation programs. These programs help the low income and homeless population of Augusta transition into independent homes by providing furniture and bicycles for transportation to and from work. Included in your Best Dam Ride registration packet is a Dam Ride t-shirt*, Dam Ride water bottle, and wristband for rest stop access and post-ride lunch. There are rest stops set up at several locations along each route. Staffed by volunteers, these rest stops provide riders with water, sports drinks, snacks, and other refreshments at no cost. A catered lunch by Motts BBQ is provided after the ride for all participants and volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Best Dam Ride, please contact Eileen Cohen at 706-855-2024. For more information about the ride, visit our Contact page for the answers to Frequently Asked Questions or call Chain Reaction Bicycles at 706-855-2024.

*T-shirts are only guaranteed for riders who register by April 15, 2017.