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Johnny Pugh
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I was looking through some of my old YouTube videos and I found the 3 videos that I made about the 2016 TCBC Black Hills Rally. The Black Hills Rally was an annual TCBC event that Jack Uttermark started in 2009 and ran every September until 2017.

Video #1 was from the first three days of riding in the Black Hills. The first ride is the Hill City Gravel Loop, which was an unofficial ride. The second ride is the Keystone Loop and the third ride is the Pactola Dam Ride. The music was performed by Jack Uttermark, Brian Henning and Dick Stardig on the Thursday evening jam session.


Video #2 is from the Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road and Mount Rushmore Loop. It is 56 miles long with over 6000 feet of climbing, making it the most epic of the rides that we do in the Black Hills. It is also the most beautiful ride. The music is from the Rafter J-Bar Ranch jam session and was performed by Jack Uttermark, Brian Henning and Dick Stardig.

Video #3 is from the Custer Wildlife Loop and the Spearfish Canyon rides. The music is from the Rafter J-Bar Ranch jam session and was performed by Jack Uttermark, Brian Henning and Dick Stardig.

The Black Hills Rally was such a fun and challenging week of riding that we looked forward to every year. I wonder if there would be any interest in having it again in 2023?

Posted : October 31, 2022 8:12 am
Jack Uttermark
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Very nice videos Johnny.  Great place to stay and scenic and challenging rides. I’ve ridden many rides over the years in many states and I still think the Black Hills was the most fun!

Dan Ogrady, Kristi Linder and several of their friends still go there in Sept. But none of them want to sponsor a TCBC club ride.  

I guess the Rafter J-Bar ranch is making renovations, not sure the old cabins will be available.

I’m too old for leading any rides out there anymore. 
Hope you and Donna doing well.  The best to you two😎


Posted : October 31, 2022 6:27 pm
Chuck Ryan
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Here are some additional videos of the area. These are five videos of my six day bike tour of the Black Hills in early September 2019 showing some more of the landscape. Day 4 had me riding through 100’s of bison. A close call with one of them which was a once in a lifetime experience that I don’t care to do again.

Day 1: no video…. I brought my GoPro for this tour, but a couple days before I left for South Dakota my handlebar mount broke that I was planning to use. I didn't have enough time to get another one before I left so on Day 1 I wore my GoPro chest mount. When I looked at the video clips on the camera at the end of Day 1 all I could basically see were both of my arms and my large handlebar bag...very distracting with the camera set on wide angle. So on Day 2 I rigged up my chest mount to sit on top of my handlebar bag.

Day 2:

Day 3:

Day 4:

Day 5:

Day 6:

Posted : November 1, 2022 9:32 am
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Hi Johnny - I have a few week-long rides I'm considering for 2023, but would happily add this to the list of things to mull over this winter, if you or someone else try to pull something together for next fall! 🙂 Sounds like a beautiful and a challenging ride to prep for over the summer.


Posted : November 24, 2022 9:46 pm
Jean Bentley
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Thanks for the beautiful scenery shots Johnny. Quite the travelogue. What great tunes too Dick, Jack and Brian! Looks like challenging routes.

Posted : November 26, 2022 4:31 pm