“Bike the Best of the Badlands” during the 5th annual WHEELIN’ TO WALL! This event allows any new, casual or avid biker to experience the views of the Badlands of South Dakota through TWO DAYS of great recreational rides on pavement or on gravel.

Wall, SD

WHEELIN’ TO WALL kicks off on Glenn & 6th Avenue.

Wall Drug Store

Wall, just around the corner from the World-Famous Wall Drug Store.

The Event

This event is the only annual cycling ride that is held in the Badlands National Park.

Proceeds

Proceeds are used to improve the walking and biking infrastructure in Wall-Badlands area.

Thanks to some of the most persistent roadside billboards advertising “free ice water” among other things, most people have heard of Wall Drug located in the town of Wall, SD. And just outside of the town lies Badlands National Park, a dramatic and ancient display of sandstone formations.

All Cyclists Welcome

Any casual or avid biker can get to know both during the Wheelin’ to Wall recreational ride (not a race) event that takes place every September on National Public Lands Day. Event headquarters are in Wall, SD.

Distances cater to all interests and abilities with courses on pavement 31 or 38, or a gravel (mixed surface) for 35 or 68-mile ride.

All courses are fully supported with aid stations and SAG support. Shuttle service is available. Bring your friends or make new ones, and ride the best of the Badlands. E-bikes are welcome on all courses. Continue to be a part of South Dakota history. WHEELIN’ TO WALL is the only annual cycling event to be held in the South Dakota Badlands.

Course Information

Pavement 31 miles

Pavement 38 miles

Gravel 35 miles

Gravel 68 miles

Schedule of Events

Saturday, September 25, 2021

7:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Packet Pickup, 511 Glenn Street, enjoy Dark Canyon coffee and famous Wall Drug doughnuts, and ham it up at the photo booth.  Kick back and enjoy your morning.

8:00 AM

Long Gravel Grinder soft start. Aid Stations are open for this course only.

8:10 AM

Shuttle Alert:  Vehicle drivers riding the Thirty Something must be driving to the Ben Reifel Visitor Center parking lot in Badlands National Park. You will need a minimum of 45 minutes’ drive time taking I90 to exit 131, then take Hwy 240 to visitor center. Be sure to leave your bike at packet pickup!!

8:45 AM

Shuttle Alert: Vehicle drivers riding the Full Forty must be driving to Badlands Trading Post on the south side of exit 131. You will need a minimum of 25 minutes’ drive time taking I90 to exit 131. Be sure that you leave your bike at packet pickup!!

9:00 AM

Shuttle Alert:  Shuttle for Thirty Something departs from Ben Reifel Visitor Center to Wall for Mass Start.

9:20 AM

Shuttle Alert:  Shuttle for Full Forty departs from Badlands Trading Post gas station near exit 131 to Wall for Mass Start.

10:00 AM

Mass Start for all riders.

10:00 AM

All Aid Stations are open on all 4 courses.

1:00 PM

Aid Stations for Thirty Something, Full Forty and Short Gravel Grinder will close.  Long Gravel Grinder self-serve Aid Stations will remain open ’til 5:00.

6:00 PM

Pedal Parade Preparation:  Now it’s time to light up your bike for the bike parade.  Glow sticks provided.  Bring your own special lights and reflective gear as well.  Meet at Wall School Power House, 511 Glenn Street, to light up your bike for the “Pedal Parade of Lights”.

7:00 PM

Pedal Parade of Lights:  This is a 3 mile ride around town.  Start location is on the north side of the Wall School Power House, 511 Glenn Street (packet Pickup).

Schedule of Events

Sunday, September 26, 2021

7:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Packet Pickup, 511 Glenn Street, enjoy Dark Canyon coffee and famous Wall Drug doughnuts, ham it up at the photo booth.  A Poker Run is included as part of these two great rides.

9:00 AM

Mass start for gravel and pavement courses.

9:15 AM

Aid Stations open.

1:00 PM

All cards must be turned in to Packet Pickup.

1:30 PM

Winners announced.

2:00 PM

Packet pick up venue closes.  Time to start planning for 2022 … 

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