The route is being announced for the annual Tour de Nebraska bicycle adventure, scheduled for June 22nd through the 26th.
Tour director Susan Rodenburg says the cyclists will start in the town of Springview for what will be a 275-mile round-trip journey across north-central Nebraska.
“We’ll ride on Wednesday to Bassett, Nebraska,” Rodenburg says. “Thursday, we’ll go to Ainsworth. From Ainsworth to Valentine where we’ll stay Friday and Saturday night. Saturday, we will give the option to the cyclists to choose between riding seven different routes between 10 miles and 105 miles.” The fifth and final day will complete the trip, 50 miles from Valentine back to Springview.
The first Tour de Nebraska ride was in 1988, making this the 29th year for the trek. Between 200 and 300 cyclists take part, many returning year after year.
Rodenburg is one of the primary organizers: “I do all the planning of the tour and work closely with our host communities to make sure they are prepared with everything they need to make sure our cyclists are taken care of,” she says. “I actually ride the route with the cyclists, so I enjoy it just as much as everybody else does.”
She calls it a non-competitive circle tour with a unique route each year, providing an exceptional opportunity to experience Nebraska from the seat of a bicycle.
Reporting by Brent Wiethorn, KKPR, Kearney