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
April 28 (Saturday) 9:00 am Happy Earth Day Bike Ride
The Lincoln Earth Day Board has planned a full schedule of events for Earth Day (Saturday, April 28) including a bike ride.  The bike ride starts 9:00 a.m. at the Assurity Life Corporate Office at 2000 Q Street. The ride will follow the Rock Island Trail south towards Hwy. 2 and return to the start around 10:00 a.m.  Mayor Chris Beutler will speak at approximately 10:15 a.m. Along the ride route, tour guides will point out the new BikeLNK (bike share) kiosks.  Jamie Granquist, City Manager for BikeLNK, will also talk about this great new service. The ride is free, but pre-registration is request in order to plan for SAG supplies. All riders must have a bike helmet to participate in this ride. Click this link to register for the ride: Happy Earth Day Ride Click this link to view the schedule of the Earth Day events: Earth Day Events Click this link for info about the Zipline Earth Day Celebration and Fundraiser: Earth Day Celebration Questions: Contact Kurt Elder at 308-882-86054
May 6 (Sunday) 2:00 pm Tour de Platte, Columbus
The Tour de Platte is a family bike ride sponsored by the Fantastic 4-Hers. This is a fun activity, not a race, with snacks and activities along the way. All proceeds go to Columbus Area Recreational Trails (C.A.R.T.) to help maintain and improve our bike trails. The ride is along the trail around Lakes North and Babcock, 6.6 miles. Start is at the Lake North picnic shelter.
1:30 - Registration & Packet Pick-Up
2:00 PM - Ride Starts
$20 registration before April 25 includes t-shirt at the event. Please register at http://getmeregistered.com/JennyOverhueTourdePlatte
6.6 mi
May 12 (Saturday) 7:00 am Wear Yellow Ride, Ashland, Nebraska
Wear Yellow Nebraska will be hosting the 15th Annual Wear Yellow Ride on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Strategic Air & Space Museum, Ashland, Nebraska. The bike tour aims to raise funds and awareness for Wear Yellow Nebraska, a local organization providing service, support, and community for Nebraska's cancer survivors. We organize the Wear Yellow Ride, Fun Run & Walk to fund the Wear Yellow Cab Ride program and other initiatives that support our mission and truly make a difference for cancer survivors. Your registration fee will provide two cab rides to a fellow Nebraskan in the fight against cancer who does not have adequate transportation to or from their treatments through our Wear Yellow Cab Ride Program.
Four different road routes are available along with beginner and advanced gravel routes. All rides are on public roads and fully supported with water and food "power" stops. Starting times are 7:00 am, 8:00 am, or 9:00 am depending on distance.
Visit www.wearyellownebraska.org to register. Online registration will be open until Midnight on Saturday, May 5, 2018. You may still register for the event the day of, or at any of the packet pick up events Tuesday, May 8th - Friday, May 11th. This is a rain or shine event.
58, 45, & 24 mi (road); 57 & 25 mi (gravel)
May 19 (Saturday) 8:00 am Fairbury Cycling Tour
Join us for the Annual Fairbury Cycling Tour, beginning at the Jefferson Community Health and Life Burkley Fitness Center, 2200 H Street. This is a fun-filled bicycle ride through Jefferson and Gage County. There will be rest stops along all routes along with a roving SAG vehicle. Rest stops and SAG vehicles will have water, food, and bike supplies. They will also be in touch with the registration site in case of emergencies. No SAG support will be offered after 2 p.m. Food and showers will also be available for riders at the Jefferson Community Health and Life Burkley Fitness Center. Fairbury Cycling Tour Info and Registration
12, 25, 48, 60, and 70 miles
May 19 (Saturday) 9:00 am Bike for Sight, Omaha, NE
Bike for Sight is a community bike ride to raise funds to provide life-changing surgery to those in need in countries around the world.
The ride begins at 9:00 am at Miller's Landing, 151 Freedom Park Rd, Downtown Omaha Riverfront with a 5-, 10-, 20-, or 40-mile loop. Registration fee $25 = The cost of (1) sight-restoring surgery. More information and on-line registration at gift-of-sight.org/bikeforsight/.
5, 10, 20, or 40 miles.
June 2 (Saturday) 8:00 am Crane Trust’s Buffalo Stampede Bike Ride
The Crane Trust's Buffalo Stampede Bike Ride will take place Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center located at 9325 S Alda Rd, Wood River, NE 68883. Rides of  10, 35, and 45 miles  start at 8:00 a.m. Registration must be completed online by Monday, May 14 in order to receive a t-shirt.
Come for the ride and stay for the fun as the Crane Trust celebrates their 40th anniversary with food, live music and family friendly activities.
Click to register or for more information:  Crane Trust Buffalo Stampede Ride
10, 35 and 45 miles
June 16 (Saturday) 8:00 am Calamus Half Century Bike Tour
The Calamus Half Century is a 47 mile bike ride from Burwell around the North side of the Calamus Lake, through the Sandhills of Nebraska. It is a fully supported ride, with 3 SAG's (Stop and Go's) about every 15 miles, and mechanical support provided by Wayne Cyclery of Grand Island. The ride starts at Burwell High School, 190 I Street. The $30 registration includes: Pasta dinner Friday night, fully supported SAG's, lunch at the Pizza Palace following the ride, and a t-shirt (if pre-registered).
June 16 (Saturday) 8:00 am Loup d’ Loup End Polio Now Ride
What: Bike Ride looping the Loup river in scenic Northeast Nebraska. Where: Begins and ends at Izaak Walton - Columbus, NE.
Loup d' Loup is a tour bike ride open to cyclists of all levels covering up to 62 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, Shelby and near Osceola. 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 Izaak Walton 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. Half the proceeds from Loup d' Loup will directly benefit the Rotary International's mission to eradicate polio worldwide. The other half of the proceeds will benefit a local organization: Royal Family KIDS - Columbus.
62 mi
June 17 (Sunday) 7:30 am Rollin’ to Colon, Valley, NE
Rollin’ to Colon is a bicycle ride event for adults and kids alike to promote colon cancer awareness. Several routes have been mapped starting in Valley, Nebraska, including a 53 mile loop to Colon, Nebraska. Starting location is Douglas County West High School – 401 S Pine St., Valley, Nebraska. Online registration closes on June 11th. Start times vary with the ride distance.
10, 20, 30, 40, or 53 mi
June 23 (Saturday) 7:00 am Trail Trek 2018, Lincoln, NE
Trail Trek is a popular community fundraising event that encourages families to explore Lincoln’s 134-mile trail system. A variety of routes and distances appeal to both novice and experienced riders. Each participant receives lunch, t-shirt and a water bottle. Now in its 16th year, Trail Trek has contributed nearly $180,000 to building trails in and around Lincoln.

Ride distances are 60, 54, 26, 29, 18, and 10 miles. Early bird registration prices (adult $25 | children 6+ $10) will continue until June 13. After June 13 registration will increase to $30 for adults and $15 for children 6+. Also in 2018 late registrations (June 13 - June 23) will not receive a t-shirt the day of the event - we will place a late t-shirt order and distribute the t-shirts for pick up at the Bike Rack or Cycle Works.
60, 54, 26, 29, 18, or 10 mi
August 18 (Saturday) 7:00 am HyNoon Kiwanis Storm the Lake Triathlon, Iowa
Come on and try the Storm the Lake Triathlon at Kings' Pointe Resort and Waterpark, Storm Lake, IA. A beautiful venue for a triathlon. Proceeds to help the High Noon Kiwanis raise funds for Eliminate Maternal and Neo-Natal Tetanus.
Registration: www.allsportcentral.com
For more information: Duane Queen, 712-732-4286, 712-661-9679, ddqueen70@live.com

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)
BRAN 38, A Southern State of Mind: June 3 – 9, 2018
Starting Town: Ogallala, Nebraska. Ending Location: Ashland, Nebraska.
Overnight towns: Imperial, McCook, Alma, Red Cloud, Fairbury, Seward
Bike Ride Across Nebraska is an annual 7-day west-to-east ride across the state sponsored by Omaha Pedalers. The route varies from year to year. BRAN is limited to 600 riders.

Tour De Nebraska is a fully sagged 5-day loop bicycle tour of rural Nebraska that is limited to 500 riders. The route varies from year to year. The 2018 tour will be June 20 – 24 in northeast Nebraska. 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 4-day loop tour. Nebraska United Methodist Bike Ride for Hunger has given over $910,000 around the world for those in need in the past 22 years. The 2018 NUMB Ride starts on Saturday June 23rd and ends Wednesday June 27th. It is a 250+/- mile loop tour starting and ending in McCook, Nebraska.

7 Cities Century Bike Ride is a 2-day, 100 mile loop ride that crosses the beautiful countryside in northeast, Nebraska! The 2018 edition is Saturday-Sunday August 4-5. 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.

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 2018 event will be May 26-28 (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 2018 event is May 31 to June 3. Paved and gravel routes from Manhattan are available each day. Camping and lodging packages in Manhattan are available.

RAGBRAI The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. The 2018 ride runs from July 22 – 28. The ride will meander west to east across the central tier of Iowa counties, starting in Onawa and finishing in Davenport.

Biking Across Kansas. Eight amazing days of bicycling adventure across the rolling plains of Kansas. Over 450 miles, from Colorado to Missouri. The 2018 BAK ride is set for June 9-16. The route across southern Kansas starts in Johnson City and finishes at Fort Scott.

Ride Across South Dakota. RASDak is a seven-day cross-state ride across South Dakota. The 2018 tour begins Saturday, June 3 in Flandreau in eastern SD and ends Saturday, June 9 in Hullet, Wyoming. Registration is limited to 200 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 2018 version is scheduled for June 9-15.

Bicycle Tour of Colorado is an annual 7 day fully supported bicycle tour in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The 2018 tour will be held June 24th-30th. 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 Missouri May 26th-27th, 2018. The Pedaler’s Jamboree is a music festival created for bicycle riders and non-riders alike! The 2018 ride will be from Columbia to Booneville on the Katy Trail. 30 miles of flat and paved rails to trails = 1 fun music/bicycle music festival.

Pedaler’s Jamboree Iowa August 25th-26th, 2018. The Pedaler’s Jamboree is a music festival created for bicycle riders and non-riders alike!  The 2018 ride will take place on the 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.