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Tour de Corn attracts more than 300 riders, event leaders say Lake Mitchell integration 'well-received'

The annual Mitchell event featured long-distance rides, a pump track contest, and guided Lake Mitchell trail rides.

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A pack of riders make their way around Lake Mitchell Saturday morning during the Tour de Corn.
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MITCHELL — The Tour de Corn continues to be a draw for cyclists across the Upper Midwest, as the event brought over 300 cyclists to Mitchell this weekend.

This year’s 27th annual event featured 15-mile, 35-mile, 62-mile and 100-mile rides, a pump track contest and guided trail rides at the Lake Mitchell trails. Each long distance ride on Saturday morning took cyclers around Lake Mitchell, while the routes for the longer rides stretched as far as Ethan and Letcher.

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A rider pushes through an uphill climb Saturday morning during the Tour de Corn in Mitchell.
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Mitchell’s bicycle club, Palace City Pedalers, puts on the Tour de Corn each year. Clayton Deuter, a leader of Palace City Pedalers, said integrating Lake Mitchell into the routes was a recent move that has been "very well-received” by riders.

“This is just getting bigger. We used to end at Hitchcock Park, and we had a pretty good sized hill to climb and cross Highway 37. So this has been a better venue for the last couple years,” Deuter said.

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Cyclists enjoy their last leg of a long distance ride on Saturday during the Tour de Corn in Mitchell.
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In total, 323 riders participated in the Tour de Corn on Saturday. Deuter said some riders trekked from Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota to participate.

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The Lake Mitchell bike trails continue to be featured in the event. On Sunday morning, members of the Palace City Pedalers led groups through the scenic trail systems on a guided single track ride.

Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in May 2018. He was raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. During his time in college, Fosness worked as a news and sports reporter for The Volante newspaper.
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