Written By Randy Brich (Organizer of Wellmark Tour De Oahe)
Like a modern day Atlantis, Oahe Downstream Group Lodge arises from last year’s floodwaters and beckons you to ride the Wellmark Tour de Oahe on June 30. Now in its second year, the Wellmark Tour de Oahe offers a little bit of something for everyone regardless of your fitness level. Maybe you think that a 20-mile Dam Loop (a loop across the dam into Pierre on 1804 and back on the bike trail along 1806) fits the bill, or, perhaps you desire a little more sweat and opt for the 35-mile Out/Back to Chantier Creek on 1806 north, or, perhaps you want the whole meal deal – blood, sweat and tears – and you think that the 68-miler, To The End Of The Pavement (And Back) on 1806 is about to experience the force that is you. For you know that you are the only person who can make it happen. But, you need to start training now.
So run, don’t walk, over to www.wellmarktourdeoahe.com and register today and start training immediately. Don’t delay as cost goes up from $25 to $35 on May 1 ($45 on June 1) and is limited to the first 150 paid registrants. Already this year registrations have been coming in at a record pace and we expect to sell out well before the deadline of June 27.
In addition to the paid rides, thanks to our generous sponsors and associates, we are offering a free Family Fun Ride around the Oahe Downstream Campground and also a free Kid’s Strider Bike Challenge Course. All of the details can be found at the above website but you must register for any/all activities whether free or otherwise.
Paid registrants also receive two meals: pre-ride Fri night dinner and post-ride Sat lunch, as well as a high-tech T-shirt, all rest stop fuels, snacks and more.
This bike ride is poised to become the premier cycling event in central South Dakota; however, it won’t be unless you step forward and commit. OK? Can you commit? Can you finish? Not quit? Let me hear you say it now…I commit! I won’t quit! Now, go to www.wellmarktourdeoahe.com, select the route and distance that suits your fancy, and start training – June 30 will be here before you know it.