Annual 7 Cities Century Bike Ride set for weekend
More than 215 riders from 11 states will take part in the seventh annual 7 Cities Century Bike Ride.
The ride will be Aug. 4-5, and includes riders from Colorado, Iowa, Arizona, Texas, South Dakota, Kansas, South Dakota, Oregon, Indiana, Alabama and Nebraska.
This year’s ride starts early on Saturday morning at Ta-Ha-Zouka Park in Norfolk and then travels to Enola, Madison and then to Newman Grove, where riders will spend the night on Saturday night.
On Sunday, riders travel to Tilden, Meadow Grove and Battle Creek and finish back in Norfolk. Bikers will travel a total of 100 miles over the two days.
“This two-day, one-hundred mile, weekend ride takes advantage of small-town hospitality offered by friendly northeast Nebraskans and combines it with cyclist camaraderie and simple biking fun,” said Nick Cleveland, ride director and owner of Cleveland Bike in Norfolk.
The route changes each year to vary the terrain and allow riders to visit different towns throughout the region. Throughout the route, break areas called SAG (Support And Gear) stops are positioned every ten to fifteen miles.
Riders are greeted with volunteers offering refreshments. Support vehicles and volunteers are also available along the route to help.
“The ride has become quite popular with both repeat and first-time riders,” said Jodi Richey, ride marketing and design coordinator.
“Word has really traveled from year to year so that we are seeing individuals, teams, bike clubs, friends and families of all skill levels and abilities coming from all over the state and the U.S.,” she said. “They ride anything from road and mountain bikes to hybrid, tandem, recumbent and even trikes.”
Ride organizers remind motorists traveling on the same roads and highways as the ride route to be aware of cyclists during the weekend. Signs will be posted on roadways to alert drivers and riders are reminded to abide by all cycling safety rules, ride instructions and helmet requirements.
The ride benefits area biking and trail opportunities, as well as youth college scholarships and projects in towns visited on the route.
To learn more about the ride and to view route maps visit www.7citiescentury.com.