Did you get a little labor back into your Labor Day? 50 miles of single track with more then 6,275 feet of elevation change should do it. How about riding it in just under 3.75 hours. Perfect amount of labor for your Labor Day.
That is just what the riders in the 10th annual Dakota Five-O Mountain Biking Race did this Labor Day weekend. We were on board welcoming the riders into the finish line and sharing Osprey’s spirit of adventure and mountain biking. The race is an epic event that you just have to witness to understand the undertaking of the Five-O.
The 50-mile mountain bike race began in Spearfish, South Dakota and wound its way through the northern Black Hills.The ridge riding along the Dakota Five-O trail is very technical single track, challenging some of the most advanced riders. The riders started off with a Smokey the Bear start and quickly gained more than 1,200 feet of elevation in a little less than 1/2 mile of jeep trail. This section separates the riders allowing for more room entering the 45 miles of single track.
The top riders started cruising through the finish line in just around 3 hours and 45 minutes. Most riders road across the line between 5-7 hours after starting. Beaten and battered, the 50 miles treated ever rider differently. Many riders came across the line with mud covering their shoulders indicating a few “over the handle bar” crashes. We heard countless stories during the finish line festival of blown tires, and war wounds. This year we were at the finish line handing out Osprey swag but with every story it made us more eager to ride this great race and share in some of the war wound stories that come across the line. Next year maybe!
The finish line festival welcomed the riders with a pasta feed, great music, cold brew and a festival full of fans cheering on all the riders. The hilight of the finish line festival is always the Strider bikes Kids Race. Kids ages 2-5 show off their cruising love on their Strider. The race begins the spirit of Five-O, and peddle power in their young blood. Future Five-O champions are born at the Strider Race.
If you weren’t able to attend this year’s Five-O, don’t worry, it will be back next year for the 11th annual. But get registered early because this great event is only getting more and more popular. We will see you next year to make sure you put some “labor” back into your Labor Day.
Osprey Adventure Envoy member, Mark Jobman,