frequently asked questions for riders

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What is the Trans Mni Sota Makoce Wheel Race?

The Trans Mni Sota Wheel Race is an unsupported, bikepacking adventure! The intention with this route is to create an environment that pushes you further into adventure than you thought you might be able to handle. Adventure doesn’t only come from movement through nature, out in the elements, but also what you experience when your mind starts to wander. This is where true challenge comes from; where awareness of self and your place in this space can be observed. When you experience this “let-go”; you connect to your environment and yourself in a much more authentic way. This is also a celebration of Minnesota’s past. Not just as a state but of this land that has been shaped over thousands of years; a land that the Dakota and other people’s have been part of for over 10,000 years. You story is also part of this land. I hope you share your narrative as you travel through Minnesota and its diverse regions; past rivers, lakes, rolling hills and prairie.


What does Mni Sota Makoce (Mini-Sota Ma-Ko-Chay) mean?

Mni Sota Makoce is from the Dakota language and means “Land Where the Waters Reflect the Clouds.” Mni means water; Sota means slightly

clouded or sky-colored, and Makoce means a place or land. While it includes the current boundaries of Minnesota, it is not defined by a line on a map. We are going to explore these places.


There are control points? What do I need to do?

Yes, kinda. There are control points but what they are NOT is manned control points. There will be ~5 controls you will be responsible for visiting. They consist of a point of historical significance to Minnesota and are on route. They will be finalized and announced a few weeks ahead of TMWR01. Details on what you will need to do will be expressed then as well; but in essence you will need to take an image, post and tag to Instagram with #tmwr01 and @transmnisota_wheelrace. Finalization of locations and rules to follow. Stay tuned! This is gonna be fun!


What is the Rider’s Agreement?

This is an agreement between Trans Mni Sota and participant. The intent is to set the terms and conditions of  participation. It’s our contract with the rider and makes clear what must be agreed to when accepting a place (for example, liability, bike safety and unsupported ethos). If a participant breaks the terms of the agreement, at any time, they could be excluded from the route. Instructions will be emailed to all early spring. A liability waiver must also be signed and returned.

Do I need a tracking device?

Well, yes! This is a race standard of all unsupported bike-pack style adventures and the TMWR01 is no different. Pairs will need to each have their own SPOT tracker or Garmin InReach on person throughout their ride. If you are new to this sport or do not own your own; you will have the opportunity to rent one. Please see the registration page for more info.


Can I use my own tracking device?

You will need your own service plan active on your tracker, if not Trackleaders can activate your SPOT for the duration of the race. Details to follow.


How much does it cost?

There registration fee for the inaugural Trans Mni Sota is $35 (non-refundable after March 14th, 2021). This is to support the race and insurance requirements that go into allowing us to race and throw down. Let’s go bike and adventure together. There is also a fee for tracking, which will be payable to Trackleaders, & rental fees if you need to rent a SPOT tracker. Details to follow on the registration page and on our social media sites. You can expect to pay between ~$65-100 depending on if you need to rent a tracker or own one.



Any standard upright bike is permitted with reasonable upgrades. Equipment should not provide a dividing line in performance such that there is no reasonable comparison of effort. It is for this reason that tandems, recumbents, velomobiles and other out of class machines are NOT allowed in the inaugural TMWR, including components such as full disc wheels. E-bikes and motors of any kind are strictly prohibited; the only 'motor' allowed is your musculoskeletal system and lungs.


Emergency Contact

You will need to submit details of your emergency contact. Trans Mni Sota will send all emergency contacts a copy of the rider's agreement to make sure they know that their person knows what they have signed up for. Emergency information will be gathered through said agreement.

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