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7th Annual Argus Leader Tour de Kota™

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SIOUX FALLS, SD - Argus Leader Media in Sioux Falls, SD, is proud to announce the 7th annual Argus Leader Tour de Kota™ bike tour across South Dakota.
The Argus Leader Tour de Kota™ plans each tour in order to showcase the unique beauty and hospitality of South Dakota. Cyclists from local towns and across the country will not only see the landscape of South Dakota, but experience local food, friendly folks and unique cycling only experienced across the northern Great Plains. The Tour de Kota™ travels the back roads and byways of the beautiful State of South Dakota, on what has become one of the best cycling tours in the Midwest.
This year's tour begins at AugustanaCollege in Sioux Falls on Sunday, June 5, 2011. The final destination will be at University of Sioux Falls (Sioux Falls), which will complete the weeklong event on Friday, June 10, 2011. The six-day tour will cover 430 miles.
On Sunday morning, June 5, the riders will leave Augustana in Sioux Falls and arrive at South DakotaStateUniversity in Brookings for an evening of South Dakota hospitality. Following the overnight festivities and stay in Brookings, the riders will head for DakotaStateUniversity in Madison on Monday, June 6, to enjoy another great university and town full of fantastic food and community hospitality. Continuing southwest, riders will push forward to the City of Mitchell for an evening of pampering, entertainment, and incredible food selections. With only two nights left, and a little over 200 miles already completed, riders will enjoy entertainment and a good night’s rest in the City Freeman on Wednesday, June 8. Finally, after passing through dozens of South Dakota communities, riders forge south on Thursday, June 9, for their final overnight stay at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion featuring more incredible food and entertainment. Waking up early for the last day of the ride on Friday, June 10, riders will make their final trek back to Sioux Falls to the University of Sioux Falls where they will be greeted with a very warm welcome and “finish line” activities.
Over the past six years, the Argus Leader Tour de Kota™ has had an average of 800 participants throughout the week and over 450 riders each day. As the seventh year approaches, many people are recruiting friends, family and people from across the country to join Tour de Kota™.  With the dedication of each host community, the staff from the Argus Leader, vendors and sponsors, Tour de Kota™ will continue the momentum of the most unique weeklong bike ride adventure in South Dakota.
The Argus Leader Tour de Kota™ wouldn't be possible without the following sponsors and generous donations from their supporters: Sanford, Scheels, Spoke-N-Sport Bikes, Two Wheeler Dealer, Harlan's Bike and Tour, Billion Automotive, Mini-Movers, and others.
Registration deadline is May 31, 2011. For more detailed information and to register for the ride, visit or contact the Argus Leader Tour de Kota™ office at 605-977-3998 or by email at

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Darla Hartmann
Tour de Kota Event Coordinator
Phone: 605-977-3998