Written by dmock



Race Description: 

The Tatanka Mountain Bike Race has come home. Sturgis, South Dakota is known

worldwide as the "City of Riders". A brand new course was introduced in 2018, decades in

the making, showcases multiple loops that will start and end right from

downtown Sturgis. Riders will race right through town with neutral aid on

Sturgis's legendary Main Street between each unique loop. 



2018 Tatanka Epic Race Report at MTBRaceNews


2018 Tatanka Marathon Race Report at MTBRaceNews



Web Site: http://www.tatankamtb.com/

Entry Fee:

Epic: $125 before June 1, $150 before July 1, $200 after July 1
Marathon: $75 before June 1, $100 before July 1, $150 after July 1

Registration: REGISTER HERE

Registration Limit: 300

Date/Time: July 6, 2019. Start time TBA 

Location: Sturgis, SD 


Awards for finishers and top 3 in each distance/class
Award for overall fastest man and woman


Cash, sliding scale depending on depth of field


Overall Fastest Man/Woman per race distance:

Overall fastest time mens and womens bonus (regardless of category)

Tatanka 100- = $150  +  Champion Medal

Tatanka 50- Champion Medal

Tatanka 10- Champion Medal

Unique trophy 1st-2nd-3rd for each race distance/class:

Tatanka 100

Tatanka 50

Tatanka 10

Tatanka 100 cash payout per race class based on class size:

Women’s Open-

Men’s Open-


Single Speed

Cash and Prize Guidelines (Breakdown according to class size)

  • 4-10 riders in a class = Cash 1 deep
  • 11-20 riders in a class = Cash 2 deep
  • 21-30 riders in a class = Cash 3 deep
  • 31-40 riders in a class = Cash 4 deep
  • 41-50 riders in a class = Cash 5 deep
  • 51-60 riders in a class = Cash 6 deep
  • 61-70 riders in a class = Cash 7 deep
  • 71-80 riders in a class = Cash 8 deep
  • 81-90 riders in a class = Cash 9 deep
  • 91+ riders in a class = Cash 10 deep


  • 1st = $150
  • 2nd = $125
  • 3rd = $100
  • 4th = $75
  • 5th = $60
  • 6th = $55
  • 7th = $50
  • 8th = $45
  • 9th = $40
  • 10th = $35


Trail Description:

The Tatanka Epic is an 80+ mile adventure that climbs through forest, rails

across prairie, and confronts riders with challenges and epic single-track

descents that are impossible to forget.


The Tatanka Marathon is 35+ miles and represents the hardcore locals favorite

"big ride" that still leaves enough energy to enjoy a tasty brew or two. The

Marathon shares its main loop with the Epic distance


 Tatanka is hosted by and is a major fundraiser for Black Hills Trails, a

501(c)(3) nonprofit working to connect local communities with beautiful ribbons

of dirt. Thanks to a huge amount of effort by Black Hills Trails volunteers,

the City of Sturgis, Bureau of Land Management, and an incredible final push

by the Forest Service it is our great privilege to present an entirely new

course for 2018. While the iconic Mt. Rushmore start is now in the past, so

is the long shuttle ride and laundry list of rules. The new clover-leaf style

course with Sturgis at the center is just as big, just as epic, just as

challenging, but way more fun, more safe, and the new spectator-friendly format

means you will want to bring your family along.

 Exact distances, maps, and elevation profiles forthcoming (see website).

Directions: Take Interstate 90 exit 30 or 32 in South Dakota, follow the signs to Main Street.

Googlemaps Link: See Website

Course Map: See Website


Camping available during race registration
View list of available hotels on https://www.visitsturgis.us/lodging/hotels-motels/

Places to Visit:

                Sturgis Motorcycle Museum
                Bear Butte
                Mount Rushmore

Badlands National Park

Custer State Park

See many more options and details on the Tatanka website or https://www.travelsouthdakota.com/

Press Coverage:

·         2015 NUE News

·         2015 The Last Aid Station Podcast

·         2014 Cycling News

·         2016 Woolly Bike Club Tatanka Epic Report

·         2016 Josh Tostado

·         2016 50k Steamboat Today

·         2015 Nathan Collier

·         2016 50k Heidi Rides Bikes

·         2015 Jamie Lamb




Places to Visit: 

Sturgis Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Bureau

Black Hills/Badlands and Lake Association

2016 Press and Photos

Tatanka Epic Race Report at MTBRaceNews

Tatanka Marathon Race Report at MTBRaceNews

Tatanka Race Interviews at Dirtwire.TV

Tatanka Video Highlights by Dirtwire.TV

2015 Press and Photos





Dedicated NUE Race Series coverage by Mountain Bike Radio "The Last Aid Station"


2015 Race Report at MTB Race News


2014 Press:

MTB Race News Full Report