Fat Tire Festival Rolls into Rapid City

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A vertical drop of nearly 1,000 feet. Jumps, rocks and technical sections. Plus a requirement riders wear full face helmets. If that sounds like your idea of fun (as a rider or spectator) then the first ever running of Dirk’s Draw Downhill Race is for you. The mountain bike race is one of five new events added this year to the Black Hills Fat Tire Festival, May 28 – 31, 2010 in Rapid City, SD.

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The festival was started because we wanted to show the world that world class riding could be done in the Heartland People were driving through from the West Coast to the East Coast and vice versa and not knowing what was here in the Black Hills.

A vertical drop of nearly 1,000 feet. Jumps, rocks and technical sections. Plus a requirement riders wear full face helmets.

If that sounds like your idea of fun (as a rider or spectator) then the first ever running of Dirk’s Draw Downhill Race is for you. The mountain bike race is one of five new events added this year to the Black Hills Fat Tire Festival, May 28 – 31, 2010 in Rapid City, SD.

“The festival was started because we wanted to show the world that world class riding could be done in the Heartland,” says festival director Jerry Cole. “People were driving through from the West Coast to the East Coast and vice versa and not knowing what was here in the Black Hills.”

The fourth annual event features more than 30 rides, six races and one film festival. Racers and riders from beginners to professionals are invited to participate. All races, including the “Cowboy Hill Sprint Climb”, “Super D” and “King/Queen of the Hills” are staged at M Hill in the center of Rapid City.

Not every race requires two wheels, The Rapids Triathlon is a combination of mountain biking, kayaking and running. For those who prefer to ride rather than race, outings are available to the Mickelson and Centennial Trails in the Black Hills outside of Rapid City. Do-it-yourself rides can even be downloaded for GPS.

“Rapid City is a great community and a perfect fit for the Black Hills Fat Tire Festival,” says Michelle Lintz, Executive Director of the Rapid City Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We hope that people come away with new friendships and a new respect for our trails.”

Event information and registration forms can be found online at http://www.bhfattirefestival.com.

Contact: Jerry Cole, Festival Director, 605.394.5225, Jerry.Cole (at) rcgov (dot) org

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