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RASDak Prepared To “Show bicyclists The Best Dam Ride” June 6-12, 2021
June 8 @ 8:00 am - June 12 @ 5:00 pm
200 bicyclists from 29 states will participate in a 460 mile tour from Pollock to Vermillion in June. RASDak 2021 The Best Dam Ride will showcase 4 dams: Oahe Dam, Fort Randall Dam, Big Bend Dam, and Gavins Point Dam. The RASDak adventure will begin in Pollock, where the route first showcases the granite markers placed every 1/2 mile on the North Dakota Border. From there Bicyclists journey south, enjoying the beautiful views of the Missouri River until the final destination: Vermillion.
Safety is RASDak’s number one priority and this year presents additional challenges due to COVID-19. RASDak is following current SD Department of Health and CDC guidelines to protect bicyclists, volunteers, and community members. We also ask for everyone’s help in letting the public know when we will be in the area and that South Dakota law requires motorists to provide a 3 foot separation between the vehicle and the bicyclist when the speed is 35 mph or less, and a 6 foot separation when the posted speed limit is greater than 35 mph.
RASDak is supported 100% by volunteers and sponsors. Proceeds from the ride are used to support bicycle tourism and communities and groups that help make RASDak possible. RASDak has donated over $50,000 to schools and community centers that have provided overnight shelters for our tours. RASDak, and it’s riders, also financially support community groups that are providing snack stops, meals, and shelter to the riders and support crew. Sponsors for RASDak include the South Dakota Beef Industry Council, Spoke-n-Sport, Sioux Falls Bicycle Company, and AARP South Dakota.
The 200 RASDak cyclists are coming from 29 states , with ages ranging from 16 to 78 years, with the average bing 59. RASDak is more than just a bike ride for cyclists. Besides seeing the 4 dams that are on the route, they will visit the Mobridge Klein Museum, Cathedral on the Prairie in Hoven, Dakota Sunset Museum at Gettysburg, the State Capitol and nearby monuments in Pierre, Akta Lakota Museum at Chamberlain, Cecil and Phyllis Menscher Museum in Platte, and celbrate Hot Dog Days in Tyndall.
Cyclists will begin their 460 mil cycling journey in Pollock on June 6th. Overnight stops will include Mobridge, June 6, Gettysburg, June7; Pierre, June 8; Chamberlain, June 9; Platte, June 10; with the final overnight stop in Tyndall, June 11th. The ride will conclude with a Finish Line Celebration in Vermillion, June 12th after riding to Nebraska on the Historic Meridian Pedestrian Bridge in Yankton. Daily route information is available at http://www.rasdak.com, under Routes & Maps.