or the 39th consecutive year, Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska (BRAN) is offering bicyclists the opportunity to take part in a week-long bike ride celebration of our state’s scenic beauty. BRAN uses all profits to provide scholarships to Nebraska high school seniors from the host communities to attend Nebraska trade schools, colleges and universities. There are no paid employees and it is run completely by volunteers who use personal vacation to work for the week on BRAN.
The theme of this year’s BRAN is “A Tale of Two Trails” which will provide 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 overnight in Gordon, Cody, Ainsworth, Atkinson, Neligh, Clarkson and end in Fremont on Saturday, June 8th. This year’s BRAN will again have 3 and 4 day options to ride as well as the traditional 7 day tour.
While BRAN strives to offer bicyclists a safe and fun ride each year, our ultimate goal is to provide BRAN scholarships to students. 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 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, 2019. 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 and the opportunity to ride with fellow cyclists who enjoy taking the full day and stopping to enjoy what Nebraska has to offer. Bus rides to the beginning town of Chadron is an additional charge. Registration can be done on-line at BRAN-Inc.org .