Bicycle Hill Climb challenges endurance
     2015-07-09      By Josephine Chang-Olenick   
Photos by Kay Grote/Gering Citizen - Bicycle Hill Climb racers are all smiles as they near the finish line on the downward slope coming off the summit at Scotts Bluff National Monument last year. 
Anyone with a working bicycle is invited to bring his or her bike, helmet, and $20 on Saturday to the Scotts Bluff National Monument and register for the 94th annual Oregon Trails Days Bicycle Hill Climb.

Registration opens at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 6:30 a.m. at the base of the Monument. Cyclists that pre-registered online through oregontraildays.com/Information.html will need to check-in with their payment at 6:45 a.m. Registration is required per entrant. This year, registration also includes a sporty dri-fit T-shirt that is sure to be comfortable for the bike ride up the Monument.

The 1.6-mile course up the iconic landmark is open to all ages, but children in bike trailers and infant seats are not allowed due to safety reasons. It is also necessary that interested bicyclists be able to pedal up the Monument on their own accord. The ride starts at the visitor center at 7 a.m. and goes all the way to the top, where bicyclists will be shuttled down in groups after the bike ride. “The way down is fun, but because of the sharp incline, we want to ensure everyone’s safety by driving them down,” said event contact, Jim Trumbull.

Trumbull and the Western Nebraska Bicycle Club, volunteers for the event, hope to see a lot of familiar and new faces at the hill climb.

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