The Black Hills Hundred (June)

Event dates: Monday, June 28th, 2021 to Thursday, July 1st, 2021

Event Registration period: Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 to Thursday, July 1st, 2021

 

What Kind of Bike Tour Is This?

 

Length

The trail is just over a hundred miles long, but we're adding a little distance on the Whitewood Creek Trail on the north end in Deadwood proper (connecting to the Mickelson). So although we're calling it the Black Hills Hundred (catchy, huh?), it's really around 115 miles over four days.

 

Difficulty

Make no mistake, there's some challenging climbing involved. But we have reversed our original plan and switched this tour to a southbound downhill-trending cruise. Your first day is tough, and then you have two short days, and finally a nice mostly downhill ride into Edgemont. We welcome E-Bikes and we can charge your batteries at our refreshment stops on the trail and in camp overnight.

 

Surface

This is well-cared-for limestone chip trail. The surface is pretty smooth. Bring the bike you're most comfortable on, but we recommend something other than a skinny tire.

 

Refreshment Stops

On your two longer days, we'll staff a refreshment stop with water, bananas, other snacks, e-bike charging, and a friendly Attaboy from our crew! On your two shorter days, 18 and 15 miles, we will not provide a refreshment stop.

 

Camping Options

We'll offer our top accommodations, the PHAT Trailers, and our rental tent service. Or you may bring your own tent and pay only the entry fee for the ride. And also, you call each of our hosts and reserve an RV spot in our privately-owned campgrounds--or a cottage on two of the nights--but don't delay reserving these limited opportunities. Keep reading!

 

Support

You're going to find our usual friendly crew in lovely privately-owned campgrounds right on the trail, with the shower trailer flowing, the juice thingy juicing, the morning coffee brewing, and some excellent meals included. Remember... we're in a hurry to get this invitation into your hands. We're still working on food vendors in camp and breakfast options in the mornings. And maybe a surprise or two.

 

Overnight Stops

Our overnight stops include

·     PBV campground within 1.4 miles of the Deadwood historic downtown

·     a private campground out in the beautiful countryside of the Black Hills and right on the Mickelson Trail, and

·     two small and lovely tourist towns, Hill City and Custer, at which we'll stay in privately-owned campgrounds right on the Mickelson Trail

 

Temperatures

In Iowa, June and July are hot-weather months. But in Custer, South Dakota, the average high/low in June is 74/48, and in July it's 81/54. Bring those pants and a sweatshirt.

About Inclusions and the

Cost of This Tour

 

Just a reminder that we rarely take so much of our equipment so far from home, mainly because of trucking expense. We learned during our scouting trip that unlike other rides, we won't be camping in city parks. Rather, we have selected privately-owned campgrounds right on the Mickelson Trail. We think, and hope you agree, that despite these additional expenses, the tour is reasonably priced.

 

 

Inclusions: Trail user fees; reserved campsites right on the trail in lovely privately-owned campgrounds (Edgemont staging area is blocks from the trail); daily baggage transport from campsite to campsite; refreshment stops on the trail on the two longer cycling days; daily hot, private shower and towel; phone-charging and morning coffee in camp; catered lunch and dinner on June 28; catered breakfast on June 29; round-trip train fare and site-seeing tour with box lunch on June 29; half-day site-seeing with coach transport to Custer State Park, Mt. Rushmore, and Crazy Horse, with return coach transport to our Custer campsite (monument and park admissions included) on June 30; and the assistance of the able and cheerful Pork Belly Crew throughout the Black Hills Hundred.

 

We expect to have a bike mechanic along on this ride, and perhaps even a massage therapist!

 

We're still working on some details, like arranged optional breakfasts in our campsites in those places where we think you'll want it and food vendors in camp.

 

 

Fees & Options: You may bring your own tent. But if you want that extra level of comfort from the PBV Crew, see our accommodations below!

 

Entry Fee for Rider: $495.00

 

Entry Fee for Non-Rider: $475.00

 

6/27 Shuttle, Deadwood to Edgemont: $79.00

 

Rental Tent Service with Air-Mattress, including the tent with ground cloth and rain fly, one twin air mattress, all labor of set-up, take-down, and moving of baggage to and from the tent each day. Tents are roomy for one person, cozy for two. (A second air mattress is a separate option.) $245.00.

 

PHAT Rooms, our top accommodations, including your 80-square-foot air-conditioned guest room on board a semi-trailer with hotel-style amenities: three twin-sized bunk beds, a sofa, and an optional twin-trundle on the floor; mattresses, sheets, pillows, and blankets; air-conditioning and fans to circulate cool air; knotty pine interiors; laminate flooring; sound-muffling insulation between rooms; electrical outlets; switched lights at the ceiling and the head of each bed; shelving and wall hooks for convenient duffel and clothing storage; an outdoor deck with chairs; and locking storm doors and windows. Rooms can accommodate one to five sleepers in their own beds. PHAT Room occupants are the only riders on the Black Hills Hundred who unpack once. Trucking from Iowa is the main factor that affects the price of our PHAT Rooms on the Black Hills Hundred. $1750.00

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