11
Jun

From Samuel Greear, Race Director:  "The Tatanka has always been a long, tough, epic event that showcased
some of the best trails on offer in Sturgis and the Black Hills.
At the same time, it has been a fundraiser and provided the impetus for
making the trails better, and building new trails. Riders from across
the US have raced and been given an experience we hope they cherish.
The Tatanka consumes many hundreds of volunteer hours every year.
Between the necessities of putting on a Tatanka-scale event and
the not often thought about costs, such as the substantial event fees
required to be paid to land managers, Tatanka has provided means to
maintain dozens of miles of trail but has never made a dollar beyond
that to contribute to the overall trail effort. The Tatanka parent
organization, Black Hills Trails, is currently faced with the future tasks of
finding funding for decades-long maintenance agreements for the new
Sturgis-area trails and the development of even more new trails in
neighboring towns. It has become obvious the time has come to prioritize.
The 2019 running of the Tatanka Mountain Bike Race is canceled. We
appreciate the support of every rider, volunteer, and sponsor that has
helped to shape this epic event. We will continue to look for ways to
make the Tatanka work given the realities of volunteer time and if
possible will announce an event for 2020 at a future date. Full refunds will
be issued for all riders registered for 2019. Our most sincere
apologies to all those who had made plans to join us this year. Any riders

wishing to keep their reservations please message us with your
intent, we will plan to ride the best portions of the course on race day
with speed, distance, and format to be determined by attendance."
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