(Neb)-Bike Ride Across Nebraska Starts Sunday In Chadron
Bike enthusiasts from all part of Nebraska and other states have begun to converge on Chadron for tomorrow morning's start of the 39th annual Bike Ride Across Nebraska. BRAN for short. Director Doug Scherlie says more than 400 riders will take part in BRAN, which ends next Saturday in Fremont.
Chadron State College is hosting the riders, volunteers and BRAN support staff with most of them camping on the college lawn north and west of the Student Center with showers available in Kent Hall. About a thousand people are expected all together.
This year's ride is titled "A Tale of Two Trails," which Scherlie says is a bit of a pun on the classic Dickens novel A Tale of Two Cities and comes from the fact that the riders will have the option for about half the trip of going on Highway 20 or the unpaved Cowboy Trail.
Riders have 3 options - going the whole distance, riding for the first 4 days, or riding only the last 3. The first day ride is 48 miles to Gordon with 54 on Monday to reach Cody. The longest 3rd day is the longest, 84 miles from Cody to Ainsworth, with the remaining 4 varying from 46 to 64 miles.
BRAN was began in 1980 by the Omaha Northwest Rotary Club as a fundraiser for its charity work. The club work with Scherlie and other supporters last year to create a new group, the non-profit Omaha Pedalers Bicycle Club, which streamlines donations and other paperwork.
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