BY SUSAN LARSON RODENBURG for Neighborhood Extra
Nearly 400 cyclists from 27 states completed the 2022 Tour of Nebraska, a biking adventure that traversed the Sandhills of Nebraska June 22-26.
The non-competitive circle tour started and ended in Loup City with two nights in Broken Bow and Ord before returning to Loup City on Sunday June 26th. Ranging from ages 10 to 84, riders traveled from all parts of Nebraska as well as other states, including California, Minnesota, Idaho, Wisconsin, Illinois, Virginia, Kansas, Ohio, South Dakota, Colorado, Iowa and Arizona.
The runners voted Ord as their favorite host city and Callaway as their favorite rest area. Matt Hopken of Kansas City, Missouri won the Rich and Susan Rodenburg Team Spirit award and Team Spoken Out Loud won the Chain Gang Team award.
Along with experiencing the scenery and hospitality of the Sandhills, cyclists enjoyed tours of the Kinkaider Brewery in Broken Bow, the Scratchtown Brewing Company in Ord, and tubing, kayaking, and canoeing trips on the North Loup River. .
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“The Tour of Nebraska bike adventure is a mental and physical challenge for riders of all ages,” said Charlie Schilling, Tour of Nebraska Director. “We are extremely grateful for our partnership with our host and rest communities, who bend over backwards to show us a good time, provide food and entertainment, and welcome us to rural Nebraska.
Annual Tour of Nebraska adventure includes meals, rest areas, daily maps, itineraries, luggage/equipment transfers, emergency highway sag assistance, shuttle service in towns, mechanical assistance, daily fruit and water. Bikers camp in city parks or high schools or stay in local motels.
The Tour of Nebraska is a five-day circular tour, catering to first-time tourists or those with limited vacation schedules. There are many regular cyclists and a friendly and supportive culture. “It’s like a family reunion on wheels,” Schilling said, “and a labor of love for my family.”
The 35th Tour of Nebraska will take place June 21-25, 2023. For more information, visit: www.TourdeNebraska.com.