Other Area Rides

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. You can also check the Cycle Nebraska website for Nebraska ride postings.

For rides sponsored by Great Plains Bicycling Club, see our Club Ride Schedule.

Single Day and Weekend Rides

Date Time Ride Description Distance
September 17 (Sunday) 7:30 am Homestead 100, Beatrice, NE
Big Blue Bike Club (Gage County, NE) presents the Homestead 100 Ride to support the development of bike trails in the Beatrice area. The Homestead 100 starts and ends at the Indian Creek Mall, 2205 North 6th Street (Hwy 77) in Beatrice. The ride heads west on Hwy 136 toward Fairbury, traveling on highways and paved county roads. SAG stops will be available every 10-15 miles and helpers will be roving on the route if you need assistance. SAG support available 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. This is a fun ride so feel free to ride at your own pace. Registration is $30 for individuals, $50 for two riders. On-line registration. Download registration form as PDF. For questions contact bigbluebikingclub@gmail.com.
25, 50, 70, or 100 mi
September 30 (Saturday) 7:45 am Butler County Half-Century Ride
Enjoy the beauty of the Bohemian Alps in Butler & Saunders Counties on the Butler County Half-Century Ride. SAGs will be provided every 10-12 miles along with roving SAGs. The ride starts at David City Auditorium, with registration beginning at 7:00 am and rides at 7:45 am.  Preregistration fees (with free T-shirt) are adult (over 16) $35 (includes T-shirt); under 16, free with donation of full-size personal hygiene products (shampoo, body wash, etc.; please bring to the event). Optional T-shirt 10$  All funds benefit Blue Valley Community Action Emergency Services, Butler Believes in Youth and Community, and Butler County TeamMates. More info and registration  
22 and 55 miles
October 14 (Saturday) 9:00 am Harvest Bash Bike Tour, Pawnee City
Enjoy the beauty of scenic Pawnee County during harvest! The Harvest Bash Bike Tour provides a choice of two rides starting and ending at Pawnee City High School, 729 E Street.  The 26 mile ride is from Pawnee City to Burchard and back, with a stop available midway at the Burchard Community Center. The 37-mile ride is to Summerfield, KS and back with a stop available midway.  Registration is 8:00 to 9:00 am at the school. A benefit pancake feed will be held at the American Legion starting at 7:00 am. Showers will be available in the high school locker rooms after the ride. Registration feeis $20 (includes a Harvest Bash T-shirt) if received by September 15th, or $25 after the 15th. Helmets are required, and riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Day-long Harvest Bash activities include musical entertainment, hayrick rides, carnival games for kids, antique tractor and machinery show, giant pumpkin weigh-in, and much, much more. Camping, bed-and-breakfast, and motel accommodations are available if you plan to stay overnight. Brochure and registration form
26 miles and 37 miles

Multi-Day Rides

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 Nebraska:

BRAN (Bike Ride Across Nebraska)
The theme is “5 Nations 5 States” and we will be celebrating the native American culture on this year’s ride.  The five indian nations are Fox, Sac, Iowa, Winnebago and Omaha.  The riders will get to pick from different route options on 3 days. BRAN offers 3 and 4 day rides this year, along with the 7 day adventure. All routes start in Falls City, Nebraska with stops in Auburn, Weeping Water, North Bend, Wayne, Wakefield, Winnebago, and Tekemah. The ride is limited to 600 riders. Registration deadline is Saturday, April 22, 2017 or when ride limit of 600 is reached, whichever comes first. For more information, visit bran-inc.org.

Tour De Nebraska is a fully sagged 5-day bicycle tour of rural Nebraska run by Rich and Susan Rodenburg. The 2017 tour will be June 21 – 25 in the Nebraska sandhills. TDN begins and ends in St. Paul, 122 miles west of Lincoln. Other host towns are Loup City, Broken Bow, and Ord (two nights). 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 website.

NUMB tour (Nebraska United Methodist Bike Ride for Hunger) is a 4-day loop tour. The 2017 NUMB Ride starts on Saturday June 24th and ends Wednesday June 28th. NUMB 2017 is a 250+/- mile loop tour starting and ending in Wisner, Nebraska. The official start of NUMB 20176 is the Saturday evening Rider’s Meeting, but for those arriving early there will be an optional pre-NUMB loop ride on Saturday morning. The route this year will take riders through Albion, Plainview, and Ponca.

7 Cities Century Bike Ride is a 2-day, 100 mile loop ride that crosses the beautiful countryside in northeast, Nebraska! The 2017 edition is Saturday-Sunday August 5-67. The route starts and ends in Norfolk, Nebraska. Registration includes SAG stops every 10-15 miles, covered transport of gear, Friday night pasta feed, all meals from Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch, t-shirt and chance to win one of many door prizes. Proceeds from the ride support area biking and trail opportunities.

Circa de Nebraska will be a “self-supported” tour following the outline of the entire State of Nebraska, about 1,250 miles, over a 3 week period, (average 60 miles per day), beginning September 1, 2017, departing from Omaha. Ride Coordinator: Ric Hines, e-mail: iBikeNebraska@gmail.com, phone: 402-216-4552.

A sampling of multiday tours in states surrounding Nebraska:

Cottonwood 200 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 2017 event will be May 27-29 (Memorial Day Weekend), and start and end at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. The routes will include SAG stops with bountiful food and water approximately every 10-15 miles.

Kandango is 3½ days of bicycle rides on the back roads of Kansas. It originated in 2013, as a tour through the Flint and Smoky Hills regions of Kansas. Its central themes are to ride the road less traveled (but far more interesting), take the time to explore the pass-through communities and see the local attractions during the ride. The 2017 event is June 9-11. Paved and gravel routes from Manhattan are available each day. Camping and lodging packages in Manhattan are available. $95 registration fee includes: T-shirt, BBQ, route support and shuttle from Junction City and Alma back to Manhattan. Extra fees include hotel lodging, camping $25, non-rider BBQ ticket $20, Jersey $69, transport to/from Omaha and Des Moines to Manhattan, KS $50.

RAGBRAI The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. The 2017 ride runs from July 23 – 29. The will meander route west to east across the northern tier of Iowa counties, starting in Orange City and finishing in Lansing. About 10,000 riders will spend their overnights in Spencer, Algona, Clear Lake, Charles City, Cresco, and Waukon.

Biking Across Kansas. Eight amazing days of bicycling adventure across the rolling plains of Kansas. Over 450 miles, from Colorado to Missouri. The 2017 BAK ride is set for June 10-17. The 2017 route is Tribune to Leavenworth, KS. Overnight towns are Dighton, WaKeeney, Plainville, Lincoln, Chapman, Rossville, and Tonganoxie.

Ride Across South Dakota. RASDak is a seven-day cross-state ride across South Dakota. The 2017 tour begins Saturday, June 4 in Rapid City and ends Saturday, June 10 in Sioux Falls. Host cities along the way are Badlands, Wall, Kadoka, Pressho, Wessington Springs, and Salem. Registration is limited to 175 full-week riders. Single day riders are welcome. Registered riders receive on-route support and camping accommodations. Regular food and rest stops are provided along the way, usually by local groups as fundraisers. A full route map and FAQs are on the ride’s website.

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 2017 version is scheduled for June 10-17.

Bicycle Tour of Colorado is an annual 7 day fully supported bicycle tour in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The 2017 tour will be held June 18th-24th. Registration rate for February is $530 and will increase $10 every month. The registration fee covers camping areas, baggage transportation, route maps, road markings, fruit and water stations with restrooms every 20-30 miles, Colorado State Patrol, bicycle repair services, SAG, and medical support along the route.  Premium upgrades such as parking, bike box storage, catered meals, and hotels are also available for additional fees

Pedaler’s Jamboree Iowa August 26th-27th, 2017. The Pedaler’s Jamboree is a music festival created for bicycle riders and non-riders alike!  The 2017 ridew will take place onthe Cichaqua Valley Trail. The Jamboree will starting in Baxter  and overnight in Bondurant, IA.
22 miles of flat and paved rails to trails = 1 fun music/bicycle music festival.