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BRAN riders will roll into Fremont in June

January 25, 2019

Hundreds of bikers from across the state will peddle—across the state—into Fremont on the final day of the 39th annual Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska (BRAN) this June.

This year’s route will bring riders across northern Nebraska—starting in Chadron—with Fremont serving as the final stopping point on the week-long bicycle ride.

The theme of this year’s BRAN is “A Tale of Two Trails” which will provide participants the option to ride on the Cowboy Trail as well as on paved highway shoulders through the scenic sandhills of northern Nebraska.

The ride will start in Chadron on Sunday, June 2nd and riders will overnight in Gordon, Cody, Ainsworth, Atkinson, Neligh, Clarkson and end in Fremont on Saturday, June 8th.

More than 600 riders participate in BRAN on a yearly basis, which is designed to allow participation from bicyclists ages 8 to 85.

“There’s no race to it, there’s no competition to it,” Doug Scherlie, BRAN Director, told the Tribune. “We try to support all ages and all abilities, so it’s a great function for everybody.”

Instead of racing towards the finish line, BRAN is designed to offer bicyclists the opportunity to take part in a week-long bike ride celebration of our state’s scenic beauty.

This year in particular, riders will get the opportunity to ride the Cowboy Trail which runs from Norfolk and spans 321 miles west to Chadron.

Cowboy Trail is the largest Rails-to-Trails project in the United States and provides riders with glimpses of relics from the corridors railroad past and scenic views through the sandhills, Niobrara and Elkhorn River valleys.

While BRAN strives to offer bicyclists a safe and fun ride each year, the organizers ultimate goal is to provide BRAN scholarships to students, says Scherlie.

“BRAN is riders helping other riders see the state on a bicycle seat, and also helping Nebraska kids go to Nebraska schools,” he said.

Each year BRAN awards scholarships to students selected from the host communities’ schools with the only qualifier that those students attend a Nebraska school.

The cost of participating in the tour is $250 for the week or $125 for the 3 day and $150 for the 4 day tour; registration increases after April 1.

Included in the fee are transportation of all gear during the week, stationary and mobile support on the road including treats and water, private showers, coffee in the morning, a commemorative t-shirt and water bottle. BRAN also offers bus rides to the start of the ride in Chadron for an additional charge.

Registration can be completed online at BRAN-Inc.org.

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