As South Dakota’s homegrown bicycle tour enters its fifth year, Ride Across South Dakota (RASDak) will pepper the event with the best of South Dakota and new stops along the way between Rapid City and Sioux Falls June 4-10.
This year the tour will make a stop in Wessington Springs on June 8.
Beyond showcasing the state’s towns and landscapes, tour coordinators focus on giving back to the host communities, in part for the local hospitality that makes the ride well-regarded by bicyclists each year.
The tour gives back in two ways. This year, RASDak is donating a Saris bicycle repair station to the city of Rapid City, Sioux Falls, and to Badlands National Park. Also, the tour supports student scholarships through the RASDak fund at the South Dakota Community Foundation for awards to students in host towns.
This tour will spend nearly three days around Badlands National Park.
The schedule of stops will include:
• June 4: Rapid City to Cedar Pass Campground in Badlands National Park, 74 miles
• June 5: Cedar Pass Campground in Badlands to Wall through Phillip, 66 miles
• June 6: Wall to Kadoka through the Badlands National Park scenic route, 88 miles with an option for 58 miles
• June 7: Kadoka to Presho through 1880 Town and Murdo, 76 miles
• June 8: Presho to Wessington Springs through Fort Thompson, 87 miles
• June 9: Wessington Springs to Salem through Howard, 80 miles
• June 10: Salem to Sioux Falls, 46 miles
This tour also opens National Bike Travel Weekend in South Dakota, June 3-4. Registration is limited and full-week and single-day riders are welcome. Registered riders receive on-route support and camping accommodations.
Food and rest stops are provided on the route, usually by local groups as fundraisers. Visit rasdak.com for more information.