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Road Cycling in the Black Hills, SD?(4 posts)

Road Cycling in the Black Hills, SD?Emu_Lane
May 27, 2003 7:33 PM
Does anybody on this message board road bike in the Black Hills, SD area? I have to attend a wedding in Rapid City and would like to bring my bike. Anyone know any routes with some good climbing?
Check this old post of mineScot_Gore
May 28, 2003 4:17 AM
Scot_Gore "Black Hills of South Dakota - Ride Advice Needed" 2/3/03 7:07pm

Not exactly your question, but you may find it helpful.

Great opportunities!jtolleson
May 28, 2003 7:24 AM
I think I may have posted this on the thread that Scot referenced.

I get up there about once a year and try to take the bike. I'd highly recommend a loop including Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse. If you are strong enough you can make it a century (it is pretty hilly) or if you want it to be shorter but include all the highlights, you can start and end in Keystone.

The roads are nice, vehicle traffic isn't too bad, and the little towns and stores really perfectly spaced for refueling. Here's the loop from Keystone (more or less) that would include Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse (I think this would be like 50-60 mile). We rode from Rapid, which made it a century.

From Keystone, we rode west out Old Hill City Road, a rolling treed country road that criss-crosses the railroad tracks and a creek over and over. When it intersected Hwy 16, we turned left (southish) and rode to Crazy Horse Monument (a bit of a climb). From Crazy Horse, we cruised back down Hwy 16 to the intersection with Hwy 224, and turned right (East) which goes right into Mt Rushmore. The nose of GW comes into view around one of the turns. After you go by Rushmore it will dump you back into Keystone.

I have not ridden through Custer State Park, but part of the route of the Mt. Rushmore Century goes through there, and the guys at Two Wheeler Dealer (Rapid's best LBS) can give you route suggestions, I'm sure!
Spearfish Canyon, outside of Lead (nm)SpoiledBikeDaddy
May 28, 2003 10:29 AM