16th Annual Dakota Five-0
The 16h Annual Dakota Five–0 was held on Sunday September 4, 2016 which happened to be my third year of volunteering at one of the aid stations. It was also my first year of being able to get to the “Bacon Station” an aid station, to watch, assist and take in the action as the riders came, drank, ate bacon, rested and left. (Oh, by the way, they served up over 60 lbs of bacon this year.)
From humble beginnings with 89 riders in 2001 the first year of the race to 500 riders in 2010. Now the race registration is capped at 700 riders with a four wave start. Rumor has it that registration for this year’s race filled within two hours! A grassroots event that is held in the beautiful town of Spearfish and the 50 mile single track race course set in the pristine Black Hills just outside of town. Dakota Five-0 has tuned into a weeklong event drawing people from all over the county.
“Bike Week” this year started with a tour de Spearfish bicycle pub crawl, and ended with the Dakota Five-0 bike race that starts and ends in City Park in Spearfish. Throughout the week there are other events such as the, community social ride and BBQ, a local ice cream social, women’s bike workshop taught by female mechanics and a bike-in movie, among other events.
The City of Spearfish has been on board with the event providing road cones and setting up City Park for the event. However, most of the heavy lifting for the bike week event is completed by two groups Spearfish Bike Coop and Hills Horizon, a non-profit organization that supports sustainable living in Spearfish
Ridge Riders of the Black Hills Mountain Bike Club helps with the race event itself and Dakota Five-0 is owned by Perry and Kristi Jewett. The Ridge Riders do all the volunteer trail work under a Volunteer Agreement with the United States Forest Service. We average about 400 hours of trail work a year on the Dakota Five-0 course.
Build it and they will come…or as Nike says “Just do it”!!! It takes dedication, persistence, trial and error and a great group of volunteers!