Enjoy the wide open beauty of the Missouri River and the Oahe Dam! This ride along the bluffs of the Missouri River and across the face of the Oahe Dam is sure to take your breath away!
The Tour de Oahe first occurred in 2011 and was held annually through 2015. After a two year break in 2016 and 2017, the ride was back in 2018 and occurred again in 2019. Like most events in 2020, the ride was cancelled due to COVID. But we are back in 2021 and ready to share the beauty of this place that we call Pierreadise!
This year there will be 3 routes: 1) a metric century (67 miles); 2) a medium distance route (40 miles); and 3) a shorter "dam ride". The 40 mile route this year includes a scenic ride to the Buffalo Interpretive Center. The 67 mile route will take you past the interpretive center to a breathtaking overlook of the Missouri River.
You will finish this ride feeling accomplished after completing category 4 and category 5 hill climbs, all the while taking in the spectacular views of the Oahe Dam, Missouri River, Buffalo Interpretive Center, and the State Capitol! The first leg of the ride takes you out of the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area and through historic Fort Pierre where you will turn onto highway 1806 and climb the hill to the Buffalo Interpretive Center. From there, you will continue the adventure and end up at a scenic overlook of the Missouri River. After taking in the view, you will turn around and ride back into town and make your way across the Missouri River bridge into Pierre. The path through Pierre goes by the State Capitol and the "Gulch". After the quick tour of Pierre, you will head back towards the dam taking highway 1804. The ride will take you across the face of the Oahe Dam with a quick jaunt west on highway 1806 past the spillways to Cut Across Road. From here, you will turn back around and enjoy the ride back down to the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area.
Want to skip the excursion to the Buffalo Interpretive Center and West 1806? The Dam Loop will take you from the dam into Fort Pierre, though Pierre, and back towards the dam on highway 1804. You still get to see the State Capitol and do the signature ride across the face of the Oahe Dam.
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