"We're going to keep registration open as long as possible," said Harley Noem, Supervisor for the Northern Hills Region of the Division of Parks and Recreation.
Registration can be completed online by visiting www.MickelsonTrail.com and by following the "Trail Trek" link. Materials for registering through the mail can also be downloaded from the trail website or by calling the Black Hills Trails office at (605) 584-3896. Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis for $175 per rider. Merchandise is not guaranteed for riders registering at this time.�
Noem encourages riders to sign up as soon as possible. "The Trek has more than doubled in size in the last three years," he said. "We're prepared for another record group this year, so it is important to get one of the remaining spots as soon as you can – they'll run out fast."
Last year, 534 people rode in the Trek, including riders from 31 states.
Riders on the Trail Trek will cover 109 miles of the trail over three days, from Friday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept 17. The registration fee includes the trail pass, shuttle service, commemorative souvenirs, refreshments and some meals during each day's ride. Riders are responsible for accommodations and mechanical support. The ride is open to all bicyclists 14 years of age or older.
The Trail Trek highlights the George S. Mickelson Trail as it winds through the heart of the Black Hills from Edgemont to Lead/Deadwood.
For more information on the Mickelson Trail or the Trail Trek, visit www.MickelsonTrail.com or contact the Black Hills Trail office at (605) 584-3896.