Written by Taco Ride
The ride will kick-off in Madison which is approximately 100 miles northwest of the Omaha metro area.
The overnight stops on the tour include Wakefield, Wausa, O'Neil and Neligh before returning to Madison.
More About Tour de Nebraska
Tour de Nebraska is a fully sagged, circle bicycle tour. It is organized and hosted by Rich and Susan Rodenburg, avid cyclists from Lincoln. The Rodenburgs (and Elsie, their 8-yearold Basset Hound), are happy to announce that Cycle Works of Lincoln will serve as TDN's Official Bike Shop in 2012.
Rich and the Cycle Works team manage the "SAG" (SUPPORT AND GEAR) wagons, which are stocked with fruit and water, and ready to assist you with mechanical or medical needs. This keeps us very busy, so you must be prepared to fix your own minor repairs and flats. A semi-truck hauls your camping equipment and gear from campsite to campsite. All you have to do is ride and enjoy the scenery and the hospitality of rural Nebraska!
Tour de Nebraska is a camping tour. We camp near high schools or in city parks with easy access to showers and all night restrooms. Indoor camping is available each night, either in the high school gym
or a nearby church, regardless of the weather. So you can either sleep inside or camp outside! We arrange for evening meals and breakfasts (at your own cost except for welcome breakfast and Sat. dinner), often served by local community organizations or area restaurants. We also designate a lunch stop and rest stops each day along the route. All routes are on paved roads which are selected for safety and lower traffic counts.
Unfortunately, not all have shoulders. Usually, however, the shoulderless roads are less busy. Daily maps and itineraries are provided.
COME PREPARED!! People of all abilities have ridden and enjoyed Tour de Nebraska. To enhance your experience, we recommend that you train 3-4 times a week, 20-30 miles each ride, with at least one longer ride (50-60 miles), at least 4 weeks in advance of the tour. A multi-speed bike in dependable working order is a must. Some participants use mountain bikes rigged with slick tires. Nebraska weather can be finicky, so be prepared for anything (WARNING: HEADWINDS are likely--and make for great survival stories).
After you register, we'll send you an official TDN Handbook which includes a packing list, training program and everything else you need to know about Tour de Nebraska! The average high for June is 85 degrees, the average low is 60 degrees.