(September 4, 2011) Spearfish, S.D. - More than 600 riders took the trail, at least 100 riders more than last year.The race begins and ends each year in the city of Spearfish, S.D. The majority of the 50-mile race comprises single track, as well as two track ATV and gravel roads. Racers navigated up and down roughly 7,000 feet of elevation change under a clear sky and with good weather. A route modification following mile 38 had riders clutching hard to the handlebars. It was regarded by many racers as the best, and most difficult, section of the 50-mile route.
Place-Name-Time-Age/Gender-City of Origin
Men's Overall Winners
1st - Brian Eppen - 3:46:47 - 33/M - Iowa City, Iowa
2nd - Peter Kalmes - 3:51:42 - 30/M - Steamboat Springs, Colo.
3rd - David Olson - 3:55:40 - 29/M - Sturgis, S.D.
Women's Overall Winners
1st - Kim Eppen - 4:26:06 - 43/F - Iowa City, Iowa
2nd - Christy Olsen - 4:30:49 - 39/F - Casper, Wyo.
3rd - Nancy Busching - 4:41:15 - 42/F - Rapid City, S.D.
Men's Single Speed
1st - John Eppen - 4:14:18 - 25/M - Spearfish, S.D.
2nd - Brian Johnson - 4:18:11 - 44/M - Fort Collins, Colo.
3rd - Jeremy Erdmann - 4:18:44 - 33/M - Regina, SK, Canada
Women's Single Speed
1st - Kelly MacWilliams - 7:00:49 - 39/F - Minneapolis, Minn.
2nd - Mary Gonzalez - 7:28:33 - 25/F - Saint Paul, Minn.