Register early for the Mickelson Trail Trek
Early registration for the 13th annual Mickelson Trail Trek being held Sept. 17-19 closes July 1, according to a news release from the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks. Riders can still register after July 1, but merchandise will not be available after that date.
“There are a limited number of openings available,” said Dana Garry, George S. Mickelson Trail manager. “It is important to sign up early, and registration is required by Sept. 1.”
The annual supported ride follows the George S. Mickelson Trail as it winds through the heart of the Black Hills, from Edgemont to Lead/Deadwood. The ride began in 1998 to celebrate completion of the rails-to-trails project. The Trek continues as a means to introduce new bicyclists to the trail and thank supporters for their long-standing enthusiasm for the Trek.
Riders on the Trail Trek will cover 109 miles over three days, from Friday, Sept. 17 through Sunday, Sept. 19. Registration before July 1 with merchandise is $170; without merchandise before July 1, it’s $140. Registration after July 1 is $170 and merchandise is not available. The news release does not say what the "merchandise" is.
The registration fee for the three-day ride includes the trail pass, shuttle service, refreshments and some meals during each day’s ride. Riders are responsible for accommodations and mechanical support. The ride is open to all bicyclists 14 years of age or older.
Pre-registration is required and may be completed online by visiting www.mickelsontrail.com and following the “Trail Trek” link. The registration cutoff is Sept. 1. For more information on the Mickelson Trail or the three-day Mickelson Trail Trek, visit www.mickelsontrail.com or contact the Black Hills Trails office at 605-584-3896.