Argus Leader Media in Sioux Falls is proud to announce the 6th annual Argus Leader Tour de Kota™ bike tour across South Dakota.
The Argus Leader Tour de Kota™ plans each tour in order to showcase the unique beauty and hospitality of South Dakota. Cyclists from local towns and across the country will not only see the landscape of South Dakota but experience local food, friendly folks and unique cycling only experienced across the northern Great Plains. The staff from the Argus Leader is excited to work with local media, government officials and the community to make this the best tour yet by adding another story of South Dakota to over 125 years of Argus Leader news.
This year's tour begins in Elk Point on Sunday, June 6, with festivities including live entertainment, a variety of food vendors and even a magician beginning on Saturday night in Elk Point. The final destination will be Sisseton, which will complete the weeklong event on Friday, June 11.
On Sunday morning, June 6, the riders will leave Elk Point and arrive in Tea for an evening of South Dakota hospitality including live music from Andy Gibson. Following the overnight festivities and stay in Tea, the riders will head for Salem on Monday, June 7, to enjoy another great town full of fantastic food and community, which will include "Something New" a local Rock & Roll review act and a main street carnival.
Continuing north, riders will push forward to Arlington for an evening of pampering that includes entertainment by the award winning band, Highway Call, and incredible food selections. With only two nights left and nearly 200 miles already completed, riders will enjoy entertainment with comedian Mylo Hatzenbuhler and a good night's rest in Clark on Wednesday, June 9.
Finally after passing through dozens of South Dakota communities, riders forge north on Thursday, June 10, for their final overnight stay in Webster where they'll be treated to a performance of the Boogy Man Band. Waking up early for the last day of the ride on Friday, riders will make their final trek toward Sisseton. Some will take the "short route" and enjoy an afternoon of music and food. Others will ride the 100-mile, century route and enjoy their accomplishment with finish line photo opportunities.
Over the past five years we've had an average of 800 participants throughout the week and over 450 riders each day. As the sixth year approaches many people are recruiting friends, family and people from across the country to join the Tour de Kota. Although we never know what the weather will be, we do know that cyclists from local towns and across the country will not only see the landscape of South Dakota, but will also experience the local food, friendly folks and the unparalleled cycling experience in the northern Great Plains.
With the dedication of each host community, the staff from the Argus Leader, vendors and sponsors, we'll continue the momentum of the most unique weeklong bike ride adventure in South Dakota.
The Argus Leader Tour de Kota™ wouldn't be possible without the following sponsors and generous donations from our supporters: Sanford, Scheels, Spoke-N-Sport, Harlan's Bike and Tour, Billion Automotive, Mini-Movers, Two Wheeler Dealer Cycle and Fitness, Deep Bench and Falls Area Bicyclists.
Registration deadline is May 15. For more detailed information and to register for the ride, visit www.tourdekota.com or contact the Argus Leader Tour de Kota at 605- 331-2276.