The Dakota Five-O, lollie-pop loop, begins in Spearfish City Park with a mass, neutral roll out, and leaves town to the west up Tinton Road. The three miles of gravel road climbing will give the fast guys a chance to vie for position, before funneling onto the twisty, smooth, Tinton Trail single-track. For the next few miles passing is tight, and it could get a little congested, but keep your cool and don’t get too antsy, as there is plenty of riding ahead! You will eventually find your groove, as well as the first water station, at about mile ten, at Big Hill Trailhead.
After fueling up, you will be riding the Big Hill Trail system which consists of a little single track, mixed with two track, along with possible bovine sightings (as well as their droppings)...this is South Dakota!! The Big Hill Trail system will dump you out onto Iron Creek drainage road, which connects you to more double track, which is then connected to some nice single track along the rim of Spearfish canyon. It may seem like a long haul but eventually you’ll see the crowds waiting and cheering for you at the second water station, at approximately 20 miles in, at Old Baldy Trailhead. Relax, stretch, and continue on through the Old Baldy trail system for some of the more technical riding through Crangle Connection, and on to the third water station at sheep flats, approximately 30 miles into the race. Are you tired yet?
Ride another 8 miles of mostly two track, to the last water station at Ball Park where fine, young felines await you with drinks and treats! Beware of the bear of a climb ahead! And don't forget to stop at the Bacon Station for your official on course PBR stop...(don't ask for water), and some nice greasybacon!! Now you're ready for the all new, hand built single-track that takes you along the eastern ridge near citadel rock, to some spectacular views of Crow Peak, and back out onto forest service road. Here you will climb, climb, climb back out and onto your last 10 miles of single track, back down Tinton trail, and back into Spearfish City Park, where music, food, and a cold brew is waiting with your name on it! Stick around until the 4:00 awards ceremony followed by a raffle for many great prizes from our sponsors!