What is RASDak?
RASDak stands for Ride Across South Dakota. It is an annual bicycle ride to enjoy the beautiful scenery and hospitality of South Dakota, the “Land of Infinite Variety.” Proceeds from the ride support organizations that help make RASDak possible.
How do I register for the ride?
Registration opens each year immediately after the route announcement. Follow our Facebook page or watch the registration page for more information.
How much does RASDak cost?
The registration fee is $175 or $45/day. These costs increase on April 15th to $200 or $50/day.
How many people ride on RASDak?
The ride is limited to 200 full-week riders. There are additional openings for those who wish to ride fewer days.
Is there a place for me to leave my car at the start or finish?
Yes, this will be announced via email.
What if I need to change my registration?
At the registration site, you can modify your registration to select a different category, or you can transfer your registration to another participant.
Do I have to carry my own gear?
Only to and from the luggage truck. The truck will be be well located, and will transport your luggage/camping gear to the host town each day.
The luggage is lined up and riders can claim their gear when they get in from the day’s ride. There will be a specific time each morning that the riders are expected to have their luggage loaded by.
Any requirements for luggage?
You are limited to 2 bags. Each bag cannot weigh more than 50 lbs.
What about sleeping accommodations?
Riders can camp indoors in school gyms, avoiding the hassle of setting up and hauling a tent. However, riders can camp outdoors at designated locations near the school.RASDak does not permit the use of sleeping cots, chairs or any other items that could damage the surface of a gym floor.The schools, and most community centers, at which we stay are alcohol, tobacco and firearms free environments. All persons traveling with RASDak must follow the same rules while on their property.
Hotel and RV accommodations?
For those seeking the extra amenities, riders can book their own hotel or RV accommodations and will be responsible for their own transportation to luggage truck.
Will there be internet access? Where can I charge my phone?
SDN Communications will be providing internet access and charging stations.
What are the bathroom/shower accommodations?
They are provided in the high schools or parks where we stay. Riders and volunteers are responsible for bringing all of their own personal grooming supplies, towels, etc.
Are there rest stops along the route?
Rest stops are shown on our maps, and are typically 15-20 miles apart. Stops will allow you to relax and enjoy water, sports drinks, and snacks.Also, all stops have bathrooms or porta-potties, and many will offer shade. These stops are often put on by 4-H or school groups raising money for camps, trips, etc.
Is there on-road support?
Yes. We have roving SAGs, and a bike shop vehicle that follows the riders on tour. Riders should know how to fix a flat tire, and carry the necessary tools, pump, and spare tubes to fix a flat. Before the ride, Spoke-n-Sport sends out a questionnaire, and each rider is encouraged to let them know what kind of bike, equipment, tires, tubes, and other equipment they need them to bring.
Spoke-n-Sport is going to be along on the ride to assist with mechanical needs. You are encouraged to check everything on your bike daily, keeping your bike and chain clean, and to carry extra tubes and tools throughout the tour. You will be expected to be able to change your own flats. We strongly encourage everyone to get your bicycle inspected and serviced by a reputable bike shop BEFORE the ride.
However, if you feel that you lack this knowledge or are physically unable to do this, a support person or bike shop can help you. In many cases, more experienced riders will help you with mechanical breakdowns.
To prevent most flats make sure tires are properly inflated and free of thorns, etc. Consider carrying your bike over grassy areas.Remember, in the case of sagging riders, we are not a taxi service. There are limits to how many times a rider can expect to be picked up before they are asked to leave the tour. Please train and be ready to ride the complete tour.
When do we start riding Sunday - Friday?
Please start no earlier than 6 CST, or 5:30 MST when we are on MST time. The luggage truck leaves at 7:30 CST or 7 MST.
What will we do after the ride?
In the Host Communities, riders set up their camp, shower, take a quick nap, and take advantage of whatever the town has to offer what each town will have for entertainment.
There are several options for meals, ranging from potlucks, locally sponsored meals, and local restaurants.
The afternoons and evenings are great for socializing with other riders and locals. We will have fun surprises and contests throughout the ride, so stay tuned to announcements.
Can I purchase a jersey?
Jerseys may be purchased for $65 during the registration process or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the bicycle regulations and laws in South Dakota?
Click here for cycling regulations in our state.
Are there emergency phone numbers to reach help from the RASDak organizers?
Yes, numbers will be provided at check in.
Are laundry facilities available?
There are laundromats in some of the towns we stay in. Most riders choose to bring enough clothing for the entire tour. You may want to bring clothesline, clothespins, and detergent to launder and dry your shorts, jerseys, or other clothing.
Is there medical support while on tour?
Yes. We will have a roving EMT, but if a rider becomes injured on the road, try to assist each other as you would if you were on a ride with your friends from home. Care for them with your first aid supplies, and call the emergency phone numbers you will get.
If warranted, the rider and their bicycle will be picked up by a support person, and transported to the next pit stop or host town. If the injuries warrant, please call 911 If a rider is unable to continue the ride due to fatigue, a SAG driver also can pick them up.
Where will we be camping each night?
Each host community will have both indoor and outdoor camping options.
The route maps show the indoor and outdoor camping locations for the following:
- Custer High School
- Hot Springs High School
- Red Cloud Indian School
- Martin High School
- Mission Elementary School
- Gregory Auditorium
- Wagner High School