Cyclists finish the Bike Ride Across Nebraska on Saturday in Wahoo. WAHOO — Sweaty and exhausted, but also smiling, cyclists put their kickstands down here after an eventful week of riding through Nebraska.
After a few years’ delay because of COVID-19 concerns, participants in the annual Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska (BRAN) celebrated the end of its 40th ride Saturday morning at the Saunders County Fairgrounds.
The ride gives cyclists a chance to discover the hidden wonders of the state.
To account for its two canceled years, the organization is calling this ride number “40.2.” Fluorescent jerseys worn by cyclists have the number displayed on the front. Cyclist fuel up with food and drinks provided by Boy Scout Troop 140 as part of the finish of Bike Ride Across Nebraska on Saturday in Wahoo. The ride began in Alliance and made pit stops in Hyannis, Thedford, Callaway, Ord, St. Edward and Shelby. In all, cyclists trekked more than 500 miles through farmland, the Sandhills and welcoming communities.
Towns where riders stayed overnight provided a place to rest and often a meal for the cyclists, BRAN President Doug Scherlie said. In return, funds raised by the organization were allocated to a scholarship fund for students in the host towns. Cyclists walk to the food and hydration station at the finish of the Bike Ride Across Nebraska Saturday in Wahoo. Scherlie gets excited each year to hear how participants have experienced Nebraska terrain in a new way.
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