Rides Sponsored by Other Organizations
Listed below are rides in Nebraska and the surrounding region sponsored by organizations other than GPBC. To get your ride on the list, please contact the webmaster. For rides sponsored by Great Plains Bicycling Club, see our Club Ride Schedule.
Single Day and Weekend Rides
|Saturdays starting May 25, 2013||9:00 am||Bancroft Bicycle Ride, Omaha & Council Bluffs
Bill Seidler, the owner of the Bancroft Street Market, leads weekly Saturday bicycle rides. The 17-mile guided bicycle tour, which includes Omaha's downtown district, begins at the Bancroft Street Market parking lot! Rides continue through October 26, 2013. For more information call Bill Seidler, Jr. (402-651-2327), e-mail the Bancroft Street Market or visit the Bancroft Street Market website.
|June 1, 2013 (Saturday)||8:00 am||Tour de Cure, Springfield, NE
The Nebraska Tour de Cure 2013 will offer a leisurely family ride of 10 miles on the MOPAC trail, a more challenging 20 mile ride, and our 50 mile road ride. Rides start at the Sarpy County Fairgrounds, 100 Main Street, Springfield (6 miles south of 144th and I-80). Cyclists at all levels of expertise are sure to enjoy this unique day of fun, fitness, new friendships and the personal satisfaction of completing a ride to support the mission of the American Diabetes Association: to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. This is an event like no other. No matter which distance you choose you'll be fully supported with route marshals, SAG vehicles, mechanical support, and rest stops stocked with hydration and a variety of snacks to keep you fueled. At the finish, you will be welcomed with cheering volunteers, great food, live music, a 'recovery' center, and much more. For more information visit the Tour de Cure web page.
|10, 20 or 50 mi|
|June 2, 2013 (Sunday)||8:00 am||Ride to Recovery, Blair, Nebraska
Ride to Recovery is a ride through the beautiful roads around Blair and is a fund-raising celebration to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. We are looking for cyclists who want to help save lives! From amateur to serious, couch potato to speed demon – we have a event for you! Entry fee $35 (invidual) and $125 (team of 4). website
|25, 50, 75, or 100 mi|
|June 8, 2013 (Saturday)||Ride Baby Ride
RIDE BABY RIDE is a fundraising bike ride for AAA Center for Pregnancy Counseling and their service organization Friends for Life. This ride, on the beautiful Wabash Trace, offers a 20 or 44 mile ride option. The rides begin at the Council Bluffs Trail head @ Wabash Ave. & E South Omaha Bridge Road. Parking is available at Titan Hill School, 4125 Harry Langdon Blvd. Registration begins at 8:00 am, ride begins at 9:00 am. Cost per rider is $25 (includes T-shirt). For over 25 years AAA CPC has served the women and families in our communities by providing pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and pregnancy options. They also offer parenting classes and services that promote healthy families. We hope to increase public awareness through this event and raise funds to help provide increased services for women. Register on-line www.aaacpcpartners.com. For more information contact Catherine Stein, 402-679-8638.
|20 or 44 mi|
|June 15, 2013 (Saturday)||8:00 am||Calamus 1/2 Century Bicycle Tour, Burwell, Nebraska
A 47-mile scenic ride through the Sandhills along Calamus Lake and the North Loup River. Early registration is encouraged. For more information contact Hugh or Brenda Holmquist (308) 346-4363, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|June 15, 2013 (Saturday)||8:00 am||Loup d' Loup Ride, Columbus, Nebraska
Loup d' Loup is a tour bike ride open to cyclists of all levels covering up to 60 miles of Northeast Nebraska's scenic Loup river loop. The ride begins and ends in Columbus, NE, making stops through the communities of Duncan, Silver Creek and Genoa. At each stop, full supported sags will be available with ample water and food for riders to keep up their energy. The ride will end at Commonwealth Electric in Columbus, NE where a post-event celebration with giveaways and complimentary food and drinks will be made available to all participants and their families. The goal of Loup d' Loup is to raise awareness and funding for polio eradication. For more information contact Karen Schlautman (402) 564-9720 Judy Trautwein (402) 564-5287, or email@example.com.
|up to 60 mi|
|June 16, 2013 (Sunday)||7:30 - 10:00 am||Rollin to Colon Ride: A Colon Cancer Awareness Ride, Valley, Nebraska
Join in the cycling fun to raise awareness for colon cancer and funds to support the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force. 4 cycling distances! Kid's Event! Cool t-shirts & giveaways! SAG stops along the route and cycle support! Post-event party! Hosted by the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force and Wear Yellow Nebraska. Starting location: Douglas County West High School - 401 S Pine St., Valley, Nebraska. Info at this web site or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
|10, 20, 30, or 53 mi|
|June 22, 2013 (Saturday)||7:00 am||Wellmark Tour de Oahe, Pierre, South Dakota
Wellmark Tour de Oahe is a one-day ride near Pierre, SD. This year’s tour features new routes with beautiful scenery of the Missouri River, South Dakota prairie, and Lake Oahe. The 25-mile Dam Loop highlights unique lake, riverine and Missouri breaks scenery as well as a ride up the new bike trail and through the Capitol grounds. The 42-mile Buffalo Ride extends the Dam Loop to a ride south on the Native American Scenic Byway (Highway 1806) to the Lower Brule Tribe’s Buffalo Interpretive Center. The 62-mile 15-Hills ride follows the Buffalo Ride route, continuing beyond the Buffalo Interpretive Center to the boundary of the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation and back to the Oahe Group Lodge. This ride includes three Category 5 climbs. New this year is an exciting prologue event Friday, June 21, in Pierre. Registration is $25 if received by April 30, 2013; $35 from May 1 to May 31; and $50 from June 1 to June 14. Registration includes a commemorative T-shirt, pre-ride dinner on Friday, June 21, snacks and post-ride lunch. Limited to 200 riders.
|25, 42, or 62 mi|
|June 23, 2013 (Sunday)||8:00 or 9:00 am||Trail Trek, Lincoln, Nebraska
Always wondered where Lincoln's trails could lead you? Trail Trek 2013 is your chance to find out! This family-focused, all-ages event gives cyclists a chance to explore Lincoln's trail system with a dedicated group of volunteers as your guide. Choose from the East Campus (10 mi), Holmes Lake (20 mi), or Cortland (45 mi on the Jamaica North Trail) tours. All rides begin and end at Haymarket Park, where there will be music, food, and fun following the rides. Each rider receives a t-shirt, water bottle, on-trail snacks, and lunch. Lunch will be served 11 am - 1 pm at Haymarket Park (for the shorter tours) and at Cortland Park (for the Cortland tour). All proceeds benefit city and county organizations that build and maintain trails in and around Lincoln. Register by June 16 to take advantage of the early-bird discount.
|10, 20, or 45 mi|
|July 6, 2013 (Saturday)||8:00 am||GCA Days Ride, St. Paul, Nebraska
Part of St Paul's annual Grover Cleveland Alexander Days. The starting point for the ride will be on the north side of St. Paul School. To leave St. Paul, riders will proceed south on Sheridan and then east on Adams to Hwy. 281. Then riders will follow their desired route, either 18 or 32 miles. There will be a roving SAG on the entire route to provide assistance and/or pick up any cyclist in need of a ride back to the starting point. SAG stops at Midway Corner and Elba. Then join in the town festival for food, classic car show, baseball, steak fry, and street dance. Registration $20 individual, $40 for family (parents plus minor children); registrations received by June 20 will include a free t-shirt. Registration forms available on-line; for more information contact Patty Sok.
|18 or 32 mi|
|July 13, 2013 (Saturday)||7:30 and 9:00 am||Trekkin' for Teammates Bicycle Ride, Holdrege, Nebraska
A ride to benefit the Hodrege Teammates Mentoring Program. Registration $20.00 indiviual, $40.00 family. For more information or registration form contact Doug Young (308) 995-2335.
|7, 35, or 49 mi|
|July 20, 2013 (Saturday)||8:00 am||Iowa Gran Fondo, Sioux City, Iowa
So what’s a Gran Fondo, you ask? Basically, it’s a timed race with challenges throughout the course. This annual race will be run each year, leaving Sioux City the day before RAGBRAI starts, and will end in the community where RAGBRAI starts. The 2013 ride will feature two options in the beautiful Loess Hills of western Iowa: 1) a shorter route in west central Iowa near the RAGBRAI start city of Council Bluffs; 2) a chip-timed 100-mile ride that begins in Sioux City and ends in Council Bluffs. Cost is $35 and includes a T-shirt, bag transportation, food and drink stops along the route and rides back to Sioux City as needed. Riders can buy a jersey for an additional $65. For more information visit the iGran Fondo website.
|30, 60, or 100 mi|
|August 10, 2013 (Saturday)||8:00 am||Kool-Aid Classic Bicycle Tour, Hastings, Nebraska
This tour is sponsored by Hastings Unique Bicyclists (HUB) as a fundraiser for the Pioneer Spirit Trail. Cyclists choose from three routes through the quiet countryside surrounding the birthplace of Kool-Aid. The event will be supported with several rest stops and plenty of Kool-Aid along the way. Visit the Kool Aid ride web site for more information or contact Bruce and Alisa Sandahl 402-463-1138, email@example.com
|20, 40, or 65 mi|
|August 10-11, 2013 (Saturday & Sunday)||7 Cities Century Bike Ride, Norfolk, Nebraska
Join over 150 riders for the second annual 100 mile ride that crosses the beautiful countryside throughout Madison, Antelope and Pierce County, Nebraska! This two-day, looped ride starting and ending in Norfolk helps support cycling and trail opportunities in and around Madison County. Individuals and teams of four are encouraged to participate. All registered participants are automatically entered to win a choice of a women's or men's Trek road bike! Visit the 7 Cities Century Bike Ride for complete ride and registration details.
|100 or 140 mi|
|August 11, 2013 (Sunday)||7:30 am||Rollin' to the River Century Ride, Blair, Nebraska
The Rollin' to the River Century is sponsored by the Blair Bike Club. The ride starts in Blair, Nebraska at Nannen & Harte Physical Therapy, 636 N 20th Ave. The route heads north through Tekamah and Decatur, with longer distances looping west through Lyons, Oakland, Uehling, and Craig. SAG stations are spaced about every 10 miles and roving SAGs will patrol the route. Proceeds will be donated to a charity to be identified later. Visit the Rollin' to the River ride web page for more information or contact Trudy Woksa 402-278-1279, firstname.lastname@example.org
|20, 36, 56, 68, and 100 mi|
|August 17, 2013 (Saturday)||8:00 am||M.A.D. DADS of Lincoln, Inc. and Art F/X 1st Annual Bike Ride
Please help us raise money for M.A.D. DADS by participating in our First Annual Bike Ride fund raiser! The ride will start in the Time Warner parking lot at 5400 South 16th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska. Our half-way point will be the Homestead Plaza Truck Stop at 18550 US Highway 77, Beatrice, Nebraska. We will then head back to Lincoln. Riding will be available on either Highway 77 or the bike trails. Helmets are required for all riders. In addition, all riders will be required to fill out a liability waiver upon check-in on the day of the ride. Registration by 8/1/2013 is $25 for individuals and $50 for families. Registration after 8/1/2013 is $30 for individuals and $60 for families. Kids ride free. You can register for this event online (using a credit/debit card or paypal account) or you can download and print the registration form, fill it out, and send it to the address on the bottom of the registration form, including a check written out to M.A.D. DADS of Lincoln, Inc. for the applicable amount. All participants who register by 8/1/2013 will receive a t-shirt on the day of the bike ride and all families who register by 8/1/2013 will receive two t-shirts. There will be a limited supply of t-shirts for sale the day of the ride.
|August 17, 2013 (Saturday)||7:00 am||Vuelta a Salida, Salida, Colorado
Salida and Chaffee County will host the Vuelta a Salida, a fondo-style cycling event expected to attract 1,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities from the around the state of Colorado and throughout the Western region.
|25, 60 or 100 mi|
|August 18, 2013 (Sunday)||8:00, 8:30, and 9:00 am||2012 Corporate Cycling Challenge, Omaha
The largest one-day cycling event in Nebraska offers three routes featuring beautiful scenery and historical landmarks in a blend of urban and rural riding. The event is for all ages and abilities. The start and finish line is in front of the fountain at the Heartland of America Park, 8th and Farnam in Omaha. Corporate, open (individual), and club registrations are available. Proceeds will be donated to Eastern Nebraska Trails Network (ENTN). ENTN advocates for and supports the development of multi-use trails throughout Omaha and the surrounding areas. For information call 402-346-8003 or visit the Corporate Cycling Challenge website.
|10, 25 or 42 mi|
|August 24 (Saturday)||9:00 am||Onabike XX1, Onawa, Iowa
Onawa's annual bike ride through the Loess Hills is northwest Iowa's largest 1-day ride. Two routes: 29-miles (it's all flat!) and 63-miles (ride 54 flat miles and 9 scenic miles of Loess Hills. Coast down Murray Hill - highest point in Harrison county!). Registration $20 if received by August 8, $25 thereafter. Registration and starting point at Onawa Public Library, 707 Iowa Ave. Registration includes: limited-edition T-shirt, SAG wagon, dinner at the Suds N Jugs provided by the Onawa Chamber of Commerce. On-line info, call 712-423-1801 or e-mail onabike@Onawa.com.
|29 or 63 mi|
|September 7 and 8 (Saturday & Sunday)||Bike MS Nebraska Ride, Bellevue, Nebraska
Start, finish, and overnight at Bellevue University. Bike MS: Nebraska Ride showcases the best of small town America as cyclists embark on an unforgettable journey. The routes include fully-stocked rest stops every 10-15 miles, a great lunch stop each day and safety provided by volunteer EMT’s, HAM radio operators, the police department and bicycle repair from our partner bike shops. We will conclude the day at Bellevue University, where you will be treated to a fun festival featuring massages, musical entertainment, food and Boulevard beer. Everyone is up early on Sunday for a free breakfast and on the road where the route winds through a figure-8 and back to Bellevue for a finish line celebration and a great feeling of accomplishment. Fundraising Minimum: $200. For updated info call 402-505-4000 or check the Bike MS Nebraska Ride website.
|September 21, 2013 (Saturday)||8:00 am||Buffalo Bill Century Ride, Leavenworth, Kansas
The ride starts at the Riverfront Community Center in Levenworth. Distances of 25, 62, and 100 miles with SAG support every 10 miles. Helmets required. This century is part of a three-day series of events with a CycloCross race on Friday and 5K run/walk on Sunday. Same-day registration at Riverfront Community Center beginning at 6:30 AM. For more information see the Leavenworth Bicycle Club web site.
|25, 62 or 100 mi|
Most multi-day rides are annual events, each with their own website. Many of these rides fill up well in advance; some have lotteries to select the participants from those that submit registration forms. As such, they require advance planning.
There are several annual multi-day rides held in May or June in Nebraska:
Annual 2 Rivers Ride, Gayville, SD is a fully-sagged 2-day ride from Gayville, SD to Niobrara in Nebraska, May 25-26, 2013 (Saturday & Sunday). 62 miles each day. Everyone will end the first day's ride at Niobrara High School in Niobrara, Nebraska. Register on-line until May 16, 2013. Registration is still available on the day of the event. Registration of $40 per rider includes camping fee, SAG support on well-marked paved roads, luggage transportation (limit 2 bags) and entertainment. Meals are extra. Registration after May 16 is $50 per rider. Check in-starting at 4 PM Friday at Wild Bill's in Gayville, SD. Free camping and parking at the City Park.
BRAN (Bike Ride Across Nebraska)
is a 7-day west-to-east tour across Nebraska. BRAN 32 is June 2 - 8, 2013. Tour begins in Kimball, NE and makes its way through Chappell, Paxton, Gothenburg, Kearney, Aurora, Brainard, and finishes at the Strategic Air & Space Museum near Ashland, Nebraska. For more information, visit bran-inc.org.
Tour De Nebraska is a 5-day loop tour run by Rich and Susan Rodenburg. The 2013 tour will be June 19 - 23 in south-central Nebraska. TDN begins and ends in Doniphan (85 mi west of Lincoln) with host towns Loup City, Callawy, Holdredge, and Blue Hill. Total estimated mileage is 306 miles. The advantage to a loop tour is that you don't need to
find transportation back to the tour's starting point. For more information, visit the Tour de Nebraska site.
NUMB tour (Nebraska United Methodist Bike Ride for Hunger) is a 4-day loop tour. The 2013 NUMB Ride starts on Saturday June 22nd and ends Wednesday June 26th. NUMB 2012 is a 238+/- mile loop tour starting and ending in Norfolk, Nebraska. The official start of NUMB 2013 is the Saturday evening Rider’s Meeting, but for those arriving early to Norfolk, there will be an optional pre-NUMB loop ride on Saturday morning. The route this year will take us through Oakland, Laurel, and Creighton.
A sampling of multiday tours in states surrounding Nebraska:
Cottonwood200 The Cottonwood 200 is a loop tour over three days (75-50-75 miles) that follows paved secondary roads through the Flint Hills, Kansas. The 2013 event will be May 25-27 (Memorial Day Weekend). The routes will include SAG stops with bountiful food and water approximately every 10-15 miles. Proceeds from the Cottonwood 200 support The Kaw Valley Bicycle Club, The Topeka Cycle Project, and Council Grove USD 437. Registration includes SAGs, covered transport of gear, Sunday breakfast and dinner, and free air-conditioned overnight accommodations at Council Grove High School.
RAGBRAI The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. The 2013 ride runs from July 21 - 27. RAGBRAI is trading villages for some big cities in its 41st year, including a stop midway through Iowa that will have more than 10,000 bicyclists rolling into the state capital. The world’s oldest, largest and longest two-wheeled recreational tour kicks off July 21 in Council Bluffs and ends 406.6 miles later in Fort Madison. Along the way, riders will overnight in Harlan, Perry, Des Moines, Knoxville, Oskaloosa and Fairfield.It's hard for those who have never seen it to imagine that many cyclists taking over highways and small towns. The application deadline is typically around April Fool's Day (appropriate).
Biking Across Kansas Eight amazing days of bicycling adventure across the rolling plains of Kansas. Over 450 miles, from Colorado to Missouri. The 2013 BAK ride is set for June 8-15.
Ride the Rockies The Denver Post Ride The Rockies is an annual bicycle tour that takes 2,000 cyclists on a 6-7 day ride on paved roads through Colorado's Rocky Mountains each June. The Ride The Rockies route is different each year, but always climbs a few challenging mountain passes and showcases Colorado's spectacular scenery. Daily rides can be as short as 35 miles or as long as 100 miles, but generally average 60-65 miles. Ride The Rockies registration is conducted on a lottery basis. The 2013 version is scheduled for June 8-15; lottery applications will be accepted from Sunday February 3 through Friday February 22th, 5 PM MST.
Colorado Rocky Mountain Bike Tour August 4th-10th, 2013. The 2013 CRMBT promises to once again be the premier weeklong Colorado bicycle tour. The Rocky Mountains offer challenging climbs, beautiful scenery and fun mountain towns for all of the 2013 participants. First off it's a great route. The 2013 route will take you over some of the highest and most challenging climbs is Colorado. But it just not big hills, it’s the way the climbs and the days link to each other along with the towns we visit that make the 2013 route a really great ride. Everybody likes to share the experience with friends and fellow riders, but at the CRMBT you’re not sharing it with a huge crowd. The ride is capped at 500 riders, so you’ll have plenty opportunity to meet new friends on the road, but you won't get crowded out at the Aid Stations or stuck in a large pack with novice riders. You’ll be able to find a good hotel room and get into the smaller town’s restaurants without long waits. If you’re camping, you'll find plenty space and hot showers.