The Lakota worship the Black Hills as the Paha Sapa "The Heart of Everything That Is"
Join us for the 5th Annual Gold Rush Gravel Grinder to be held on June 10, 2017. We will provide you with one of the most beautiful gravel courses you will ever encounter! Race it or just ride it and take in the breathtaking beauty of the Black Hills. We thank all the Volunteers and Sponsors who make this event possible and we look forward to another great season of grinding gravel. Following are a few words from our past participants:
"Wow! What an awesome event! Best course, people, and fun! Thank you again for such a wonderful event! 3 days later & I'm still buzzing from the thrill. We will be back!" Lincoln, NE
"I had a great time! Loved the vibe, the course, the post-ride pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw and beer, the color of the shirt, the packet pick up at Killian's, the free salsa water bottle, the awesomely positive aid station people, great weather,...had a blast! Thanks for all the hard work and doing such a great job." Mandan, ND
"This is among the BEST organized, competitive, and enjoyable rides I’ve undertaken in my 20+ years of cycling. The pre-race email updates, pre-race instructions, and on-course “support” (race organizers were around enough that I never felt too far from help in the event of an emergency) were top-notch. The course is challenging for sure, but well within the abilities of those who have trained for both the distance and rolling, sometimes steep, hills. Excellent job to Kristi, Perry, and all their crew members! I plan on having this as one of my annual rides. Much thanks for your time and effort in putting on such a great Grinder!" Spearfish, SD
"Thank you for a fantastic event, job well done to the both of you and to all your Volunteers and Sponsors!!!
I've been biking and racing for 36 years and grew up in the mountains of Colo. The Mother Lode was by far was the most beautiful and scenic race I've ever done, shoot, any ride for that matter!" North Platte, NE
"What an amazing ride!!! I will be back next year. The course was challenging, but worth every painful mile. The views were spectacular. The weather held out; although that headwind coming down Spearfish Canyon could have held off...was looking forward to the paved downhill "relief"...but Mother Nature had different ideas. Your race was / is the most organized gravel ride I have done to date!" Minneapolis, MN
"The Mother Lode was the best race and course I've done in years if not ever!! You guys do an amazing job gathering prizes and making sure everything goes off without a hitch. I know the struggles of putting on events and it no easy feat. But you make it look cool an smooth!! Once again thanks and we can't wait for next year. I'll come with more mileage/training and some grit in my teeth! And more folks from Montana." Red Lodge, MT
Gold Rushing in the Black Hills
If you haven't done this race yet, I'd encourage you to give it a go. The course is a very scenic route through the hills, with flowing creeks and flowers galore! It's a very challenging ride with a lot of steady climbing on mostly gravel roads. It's a remote race, so you'll be out there on your own for hours at a time. It's semi-supported, so you'll have a few places where you can get water, or maybe some raw potatoes, but you'll also need to carry much of your own gear. It's a race if you're into racing, or just a ride if you want to get out and challenge yourself for the day. It ends with a party and plenty of food, as many Crow Peak brews as you can drink, great stories, new and old friends, and a few prizes if you're lucky. It's a gravel grinder, that we put on for you, to give you a glimpse of some of the beautiful and unique riding in the area! We hope you enjoy it, and we hope to have you all back year after year!
Find it and Grind it!
PJ & KJ