Black Hills Back40 (40-MILES; 8:00 a.m. START)
Shorty (22-MILES; 8:00 A.M. START)
MINI (8.5-MILES; ~8:20 A.M. START)
New for 2017!!! We are part of the Youth race series for high school, middle school and elementary school aged racers (10-miles; ~8:20 a.m. start)
There’s gold in these Hills!! Well, actually, most of the gold in the Black Hills is history, but we’re enjoying something more valuable than gold: miles of priceless singletrack! Indeed, Black Hills mountain bikers have been quietly enjoying epic rides on amazing, “largely unpublished” singletrack for years, but now we’re letting the secret out! The Black Hills Back40 features 40-miles of the locals’ favorite trails – buffed out and marked with great care – for your mountain biking pleasure. And, shazaam, it’s 90% single-track!
The Shorty is a 22-mile version of the same great Back40 terrain. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security though! While it may be shorter on distance, it is still long on technical singletrack. Same start line; same finish line; same start time.
The Mini, a 4.2-mile singletrack loop ridden twice, offers a great singletrack experience for "less ambitious" riders. While the more difficult climbs of its longer brethren have been eliminated, there is still lots of singletrack. Parents are encouraged to ride for free with their registered riders 14-yrs old and younger.
The Black Hills Youth Mountain Bike Series Race is on the same course and at the same time as the Mini but racers in Elementary, Middle and High School who would like their points tracked for a multi-race series competition are encouraged to register as part of the Youth Mountain Bike Series. Separate prizes and medals will be awarded.