29th Tour de Nebraska Bicycle Tour set for June
     2016-01-22      By Media Report    editor@geringcitizen.com
Courtesy photo Cyclists enjoy the scenery on Tour de Nebraska, a noncompetitive 5-day bicycling adventure held each year. Registrations are being accepted for the 29th annual event, which will tour through north central Nebraska from June 22-26. For more information, visit: www.TourdeNebraska.com 
LINCOLN — The 29th annual 5-day Tour de Nebraska bicycle adventure will head to beautiful north central Nebraska on its 275-mile round trip journey, June 22-26. Approximately 250 cyclists will leave Springview on Wednesday, June 22 and camp overnight in Bassett, Ainsworth and Valentine.

“We are excited about the route this year and are happy to explore a part of the state that is a hidden secret for scenic beauty and rural hospitality,” according to organizer Susan Larson Rodenburg.

The noncompetitive circle tour will start and end in Springview, 280 miles northwest of Lincoln. It will then proceed to overnights at Bassett (Wednesday, 6/22), Ainsworth (Thursday, 6/23) and Valentine (Friday and Saturday, 6/24-25) and back to Springview on Sunday, June 26.

The Tour de Nebraska bicycle adventure is a mental and physical challenge for cyclists of all ages. Cyclists come from Nebraska, California, Minnesota, Idaho, New Mexico, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, Virginia, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Colorado, Iowa and Arizona.

“Our cyclists like the size of Tour de Nebraska because it’s big enough to meet some new people, but small enough not to overwhelm the communities we visit,” Susan Rodenburg said. “We have families, school teachers, busy executives and others who all share a passion for cycling and adventure. They can ride all day at their own speed so they can take full advantage of sightseeing and food in the small communities along the way. By the time the tour ends, we’re all bonded in one way or another.”

The Rodenburgs created Tour de Nebraska 29 years ago after many of their friends expressed interest in doing a statewide tour. It’s grown from 11 cyclists and is now limited to 250 cyclists. Tour de Nebraska arranges meals, rest stops, daily maps, itineraries, luggage/gear transfers, emergency sag support on the highway, daily fruit and water. Riders camp at city parks or near high schools. There are also indoor camping options at high school gyms.

The Official Bike Shop for Tour de Nebraska is Cycle Works of Lincoln, which provides mechanical support during the tour.

The No Hassle Tent Service, provided by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Outdoor Adventures, is also back for the third year. “We are excited to partner with UNL to provide this service which includes tent set-up and packup…essentially ‘pampered’ camping. We don’t want the thought of setting up a tent stop anyone from enjoying this adventure,” Rodenburg said. The No Hassle Tent Service is an additional cost beyond the registration fee.

The Rodenburgs help local communities along the route prepare for rest stops and overnight stays. “We encourage the communities to highlight their community spirit, history and friendliness – their uniqueness,” she said. “We work closely with the local organizers so they can provide everything we need. Most find that hosting Tour de Nebraska is a fun way to bring new revenue to the area. It’s always exciting to find out what they have planned for us.”

Rest stops and overnight host towns chosen by the riders receive cash awards. “It’s a small token of thanks for their efforts,” Rodenburg said. Organizers also present daily spirit awards to build camaraderie among riders. The coveted Tour de Nebraska Team Spirit Award is presented during Saturday night’s Tour de Nebraska Banquet to a deserving individual or team who has shown a great amount of spirit and humor while facing the challenges of the tour.

Tour de Nebraska is 5 days instead of 7 like many other tours, making it perfect for first-time tourists or those with limited vacation schedules. There are many repeat riders. “It’s like a family reunion on wheels,” Rodenburg said.

The $295 registration fee includes: TDN t-shirt, daily maps and itineraries, TDN handbook, meal and camping arrangements, fruit, kick-off breakfast, sag service, luggage transport and Saturday night’s Tour de Nebraska Awards dinner. Registration information is available online at: www.TourdeNebraska.com or by request to: Susan@TourdeNebraska.com, 402-440-3227.

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