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28th Annual Tour de Nebraska Visiting Ord

Ord will welcome 270 cyclists on Thursday, June 18th during the 28th Annual Tour de Nebraska. Cyclists will be camping in Bussell Park and have the desire to explore everything our community has to offer. Cyclists are encouraged to patronize local restaurants, retail shops and other attractions during their visit. Learn more about the Tour de Nebraska below.

Several activities planned during the Tour de Nebraska are also open to the community. Community members are welcome to attend:

THURSDAY, JUNE 18th
6:00 – 6:30 pm – Live Music by the Valley Harmonizers at the Valley County Museum
6:00 – 7:00 pm – Ice Cream Social hosted by the Valley County Historical Society at the Valley County Museum
Free will donations will benefit Historical Society projects including the new research center.

FRIDAY, JUNE 19th
6:00 – 8:00 am – Pancake Feed provided by the United Methodist Men, Cub Scouts Pack #194 and Boy Scouts Troop #194 at Bussell Park
Free will donations will go towards Scouts’ camping gear and supplies.
6:00 am – Tour de Nebraska Send Off, be a part of the Tour de Nebraska send off at Bussell Park/Auble’s Pond and wish the cyclists a safe journey for the remainder of their tour

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LINCOLN –Governor Pete Ricketts is one of 270 cyclists who will be touring north central Nebraska on the 28th annual Tour de Nebraska bicycle tour, June 17-21, 2015.  TDN Logo Dog

“We are happy to have Gov. Ricketts ride with us on Tour de Nebraska this year. He is an avid cyclist and we are certain that he will enjoy the beauty and hospitality of this area, as well as the other cyclists, who range in age from 14-80 and represent 15 states and Canada,” according to Susan Larson Rodenburg, who organizes the tour with her husband, Rich. She said Gov. Ricketts will ride one day, from Burwell to Broken Bow, on Saturday, June 20.

The noncompetitive circle tour will start and end in Ravenna, 129 miles west of Lincoln. It will then proceed to overnights at St. Paul (Wednesday, 6/17), Ord (Friday, 6/18), Burwell (Friday, 6/19) and Broken Bow on Saturday, 6/20), before returning to Ravenna on Sunday, June 21.

The Tour de Nebraska bicycle adventure is a mental and physical challenge for cyclists of all ages. Participants come from across Nebraska and other states, including 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 are all bonded in one way or another.”

The Rodenburgs created Tour de Nebraska 28 years ago after many of their friends expressed interest in doing a statewide tour. Since then, it’s grown from 11 cyclists and is now limited. 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.

TDN’s Official Bike Shop is Cycle Works of Lincoln, which provides mechanical support during the tour.

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 fun way to bring new revenue to the area. It’s always exciting to find out what they have planned for us.”

The favorite rest stop 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 who has shown a great amount of spirit, humor and joy 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.

For more information about Tour de Nebraska, please visit www.TourdeNebraska.com, email Susan@TourdeNebraska.com, or call 402-440-3227.

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