Written by dmock


Race Description:   

Welcome to the Tatanka 100 located in Sturgis, SD, the City of Riders! Nestled at the base of the northern Black Hills in extreme western South Dakota, Sturgis is not only home to the world’s largest motorcycle rally but also harbors a growing community of endurance athletes seeking unparalleled scenery and challenge. 






Web Site:  Tatanka 100


MTB Race News Tatanka Epic report

MTB Race News Tatanka 50 Marathon report 


Race Limit: 250

Date/Time:  July 8, 2017

The Tatanka 100 is undergoing a great deal of change. Don’t worry though we still have a custom made Black Hills Gold ring provided by Riddles Jewelry Goldsmith Rod Foudray for our first ever sub 8 hour finisher! We do think we will be keeping it yet again!

The date is July 8th and Tatanka 100 joins the Sturgis Center for the Arts fundraiser “BAM” (Bikes, Art, & Music) held in the Sturgis Woodland Park. The finish line venue will be more energetic with live music provide from a different band each hour from noon until 10PM. Art displays, workshops, and children’s activities will also be part of the afternoon show along with many local craft vendor booths. BAM has a history of being a great family friendly event with something of everyone. There is even a 5k/10k trail running race for those who choose to run rather than ride! 

The Tatanka 100 will now be a point-to-point race stating at Mount Rushmore and finishing in Sturgis! From the shrine of democracy to the city of riders, racers will test their mettle as they navigate South Dakotas Centennial Trail. For those who are not quite ready to tackle 100 off-road miles there are both 50k and 10k mountain bike options too. 

The preregistration packet pickup is  scheduled for Friday night at the Knuckle Brewery in downtown Sturgis. Come get your race number, share a pasta meal with your co-riders and enjoy the some music as provided by the Sturgis Center of the Arts. We are even working up a little contest where the winner will receive a Lauf Fork! 

Race day will start early in Sturgis with the shuttle buses loading 100 mile riders at 5am for the trip to Mount Rushmore. 50k riders will load their shuttle at 11:00am for the ride to Piedmont, and 10k riders only have to cross the road to Lions Club Park for their start. All races will finish in the Sturgis City Park and riders will enjoy a post-race BBQ, and live music as they wait for the 5pm awards ceremony. 


Race Distances/Classes

100 Mile

Womens Open

Mens Open

Single Speed

Mens 50+

 50 Kilometer

Womens Open

Mens Open

 10 Kilometer

Womens Open

Mens Open

Boys 17and under

Girls 17 and under


Schedule of Events

July 7, 2017

5:30PM  Prerace Packet Pickup/Drop Bags/Pasta Feed - Knuckle Brewery, downtown Sturgis 

 July 8, 2017

5:00AM Shuttle buses will load 100 mile Mountain Bike Racers in Sturgis City Park for trip to Mount Rushmore.

6:05AM Shuttle arrives at Mount Rushmore

6:20AM 100 mile Mountain Bike Race starts at Mount Rushmore

10:30AM 5k/10k trail running race will start in the Sturgis City Park.

11AM Shuttle buses will load 50k Mountain Bike Racers in Sturgis City Park for trip to Piedmont.

11:30AM Shuttle arrives at Piedmont

Noon: 50k Mountain Bike Race starts at Piedmont Park.

3:30PM 10k Mountain Bike Race starts at Lions Club Park

4:30 Free Kids Strider Race

5:00PM Awards Ceremony Sturgis City Park


Aid Stations:

Calumet Road **unmanned** - mile 13 

Sheridan Lake Road  - mile 17 -DROP BAG

Bald Hills **unmanned** - mile 26

US Hwy 385 Crossing  - mile 36  - DROP BAG 

Nemo **unmanned** - mile 45

Dalton Lake Trailhead - mile 52 - DROP BAG

Forest Road #703 **unmanned** - mile 60

Elk Creek Trailhead - mile 65 - DROP BAG

I-90 **unmanned** - mile 77


Entry fee Includes:

Two Meals: Friday Night Packet Pick Up/ Post Race

Well Stocked Aid Stations: Hammer Products/ Water/ Real Food Items- PBJ, cookies, fruit, M&M’s

Event T-Shirt

 Googlemaps Link:  Googlemaps Link

Course Map



**Cash Prizes for 100 mile only**


First Tatanka 100 rider to break 8hrs wins the ring!



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


 Lodging:  The official host hotel for the 2013 Tatanka 100 is the Holiday Inn Express in Sturgis.  They have set aside a block of rooms at discounted rates for Tatanka 100 racers and crew ($79.99 for two queen beds or $89.99 for a suite).  To make reservations, give them a call at (605) 347-4140 or (877) 793-7979 and be sure to tell them you are coming for the Tatanka 100.  For more information on the hotel, you can visit their website at www.hixsturgis.com.

For more information on Sturgis and the Black Hills, including camping and other lodging options in the area, visit one of the following websites:

Sturgis Campground Information

Best Western Sturgis Inn

Sturgis Super 8 Motel

Sturgis Days Inn

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