The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally brings motorcycle enthusiasts from all around the world to the Black Hills every year. For many people, the word “Sturgis,” conjures a very specific image. Most tend to envision legions of leather-clad bikers astride big rumbling bikes. The streets are full of fully-dressed touring bikes as well as stripped-down choppers. However, those asphalt-devouring machines aren’t the only bikes rolling into the Black Hills. There are also plenty of dirt bikes for those who have a need for speed.
Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club helped to start the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. That club is all about dirt track racing. So, it makes sense that they would host a slew of competitions for riders during the rally. This year is no different. They’re hosting a wide variety of fast, dirty, and high-flying action throughout the 10-day event.
Unfortunately, many of those events are already over. However, there are a few left. For instance, tomorrow’s events kick off at 10 am sharp with Pro-Verta-X. In that event, riders will race their bikes up a steep and treacherous hill. To do so, they have to balance speed with strategy. Trying to take the uphill track too fast will result in a nasty crash. So, it’s an exciting event for riders and spectators alike, according to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally website.
The Buffalo Chip is a cornerstone of every Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The iconic bar is hosting several events during this year’s rally. For instance, they are putting on the Xtreem Flat Track Buffalo Chip Super TT race tomorrow at noon. Pro and amateur dirt track racers will gather at the Buffalo Chip’s PowerSports Complex to ride for the prize. They’ll run the race again on Thursday.
The action picks up again on Friday. The Jackpine Gypsies are hosting two events that day. From 10 to 11 am, spectators can gather for the Pro/Am hill climb. Then, from 7 to 8 pm, you can catch the Pro/Am flat track race. This final race of the rally isn’t just for motorcycles, though. Go-karts and mini-sprint cars will also be tearing up the track.
A Brief History Of The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
The Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club was formed in 1936. They received their official charter from the American Motorcyclist Association the following year, making them one of the oldest AMA-chartered clubs, according to their official website.
In 1938 the motorcycle club joined forces with the City of Sturgis to put on a three-day rally. The first rally featured their half-mile dirt track, a fixture that endures to this day. That one-off rally became an annual event. Over time, it grew into one of the most popular destinations for motorcyclists of all stripes.