Published On: Thu, Feb 2nd, 2017

Bike riders will go through Laurel on BRAN route

LAUREL — The BRAN ride will take bicyclists from across the state into Laurel again this year.

This year’s event will take place from June 4-10.

While the Laurel community will not host riders for a meal or event this year, the riders will come through town as part of their trek across Northeast Nebraska.

The theme for this year’s ride is “5 Nations 5 States” and the event will celebrate the native American culture on this years’ ride.

The five Indian nations are Fox, Sac, Iowa, Winnebago and Omaha.  The riders will get to pick from different route options on three days.

Riders can also cross into Iowa and/or Kansas as options on Saturday of the ride.

On Sunday the group will pedal to Auburn, Monday to Weeping Water.  On Tuesday, they arrive at North Bend.

Three and four-day rides are also being offered this year, along with the seven-day adventure.

Those who sign up for the first three days will leave North Bend, but we are welcoming the four-day riders there as well.  On Wednesday, the group pedals to Wayne.

On Thursday, some riders will go through Laurel as they pick from a 12-mile, 60-mile, 90 or 106-mile route. The 106-mile route takes  riders into South Dakota.

On Friday, riders will end their day in Winnebago, but will have optional routes taking them into Sioux City, Iowa and north, into a loop of South Dakota.

On Saturday, the event wraps up in Tekamah.

All riders will be provided the shower truck and coffee as a part of their fees.

Organizers say this unique set up is a one-year variation and the route will return to the traditional west/east format next year.

This gives BRAN the opportunity to highlight the eastern side of the state where riders rarely have such an opportunity, organizers say.

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