A 740 mile bikepacking race across the state of South Dakota with 5 miles of packrafting across the Missouri River…


Date: July 21, 2018

Time: 7:00 am


Cost: $75 - $699

Event Website

Organizer: JOE STILLER


Starting in the Black Hills of South Dakota the Trans South Dakota challenges riders with significant climbs. After riding the beautiful Mickelson Trail riders will tour by Mount Rushmore. After dropping into the plains riders will encounter wild horses and buffalo in the Buffalo Gap Grasslands before riding through Badlands National Park. Once arriving in the State capital of Pierre, riders will transform to paddlers, breaking down their bikes and securing to the top of a packraft and paddling 5 miles downriver to historic downtown Pierre. This concludes the Sprint race. From here, the Elite race continues on another 380 miles through farm towns, takes riders in front of the Corn Palace, and finally to the finish line on the border of South Dakota and Iowa.

We have 3 bikepacking events:
60 Mile
340 Mile – Bikepacking & Packrafting
740 Mile – Bikepacking & Packrafting
We supply the Kokopelli Packraft!

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Additional Info

Terrain Features:
30 miles single track, Gravel roads, Open prairies, Minimum Maintenance roads, 5 mile Packrafting river crossing, less the 10% paved roads.

  • Joe Stiller

    This will be our 3rd official year of the Trans South Dakota Race..
    Our 740 mile Course Record is set by David Kreykes from Sheldon Iowa
    In just over 5 days..
    This year we will also offer 2 other events, a 340 mile race that will end as you cross the Missouri River on our Kokopelli Packraft. And the 60 mile prospector race which puts your Finish Line at the trailhead of the Mickelson Trail.
    ** All three events have finisher medals and special Awards for certain stages.. the 740 mile finishers will also participate in drawings for a packraft and a 1up USA bike rack..
    Contact: http://www.TransSouthDakotaRace.com for more information..

  • Mike

    Why is it $700? Are they paying airfare too?

  • Joe Stiller

    http://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0b38805559f2fe343d36f89e8a7e2522c484ee82bbaf07d69077c2bd9e6e53c2.jpg It is Very expensive to carry insurance on this race.. and we also have to have a patrol boat in the water incase something goes wrong,, We supply the Packrafts, feed you & Take care well you are at Ft Pierre, you are welcome to stays long as that check point is open. Also We try to make it up to the racers by having Great prizes, 2- packrafts 1-1upUSA Bike rack, a Great Trophy & Finisher medals worthy of your effort, we have 1 racer returning for his 3rd time, & 5 coming back for there 2nd time. to get better feed back Mike, Go to Trans South Dakota facebook page, and ask previous Racers. ( Everyone ) who has done our event has said we don’t charge enough, So if you are serious about our event,, Check it out more thoroughly, there is nothing like our race in the world, Thank you Mike for your Question about Airfare.. Joe

  • Angela

    The BikePack SODAK series is free (Sept 8)…so a true bikepackng race….you just don’t have the packrafting part which seems like what is costing so much.

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