Top 10 Things To Do At Sturgis

If you’ve never heard about the Jackpine Gypsies, you don’t know about Sturgis’ history. Go get intimate with the Google machine. For the rest of us, the Jackpine Gypsies are still alive and well, and they run a variety of racing events during the week of the Sturgis rally. Perhaps the form of racing that most riders have the least opportunity to witness is the hill climb. Think of the challenge: You take a dirt bike, which with its rider in place has an extremely high center of gravity, and you send them careening up an impossibly steep hill full of ruts, loose dirt/rocks, and other obstacles. The rider and bike that get the highest in each class wins. If more than one makes it all the way to the top, the winner is decided by time. Essentially, a hill climb is a drag race in which the majority crash out of contention. Cool, huh?

Top 10 Things To Do At Sturgis

Hill climb is so cool that kids even want to be involved in the action (with proper adult supervision, of course)!

If you’ve never seen a hill climb in person, you have no idea how crazy-cool it is. Fortunately, the Jackpine Gypsies run hill-climb events throughout the week with the amateurs filling the early days and the pros settling in later. Be sure not to miss Verta-X Hillclimb for side-by-side hill-climb racing!