LEAD, S.D. – Organizers of the annual bike ride along the Mickelson Trail are reporting a tremendous increase in registrations, up 82% over this time in 2006. Riders that have registered represent 21 states, and will travel from as far as Arizona, Florida and Washington to experience the historic flavor and pristine beauty of the trail.
In its 10th year, The Mickelson Trail Trek has become a premiere cycling event that truly caters to the bikers and provides a one-of-a-kind experience for riders from all over the country. The three-day ride through the heart of the Black Hills includes an annual trail pass, shuttle service, Trek merchandise, commemorative souvenirs, refreshments and some meals.
“We try to make it not only about the ride, but the entire experience you’ll have along the way,” said Mickelson Trail Trek committee member Harley Noem. “That includes the beauty of the Hills, the camaraderie with the other riders, and the hospitality, food and refreshment along the way.”
The rails-to-trails route takes riders through the historic Black Hills towns of Lead, Deadwood, Rochford, Hill City, Custer, Pringle and Edgemont, and sites such as the Crazy Horse Monument.
"Veteran riders have really done a great job of promoting the event across the country," continued Noem. "The most frequent comments that we get are to make sure that you bring a camera for all of the photo opps and that the Trail Trek is the only cycling event where the food is so abundant you could gain weight riding 50 miles a day.”
Registration for the Mickelson Trail Trek will continue on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for the discounted early-bird price is July 15. For more information about the event, or to register, contact the Black Hills Trail Office at 605-584-3896 or MickelsonTrail@state.sd.us.
The Mickelson Trail Trek is one of the 2007 Great Events, chosen by the South Dakota
Office of Tourism. The Great Events program is a part of Goal 1 of the 2010 initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota. The Office of Tourism serves under the direction of Richard Benda, Secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development.