This ride is for everyone — novices, experts and all sorts of cyclists in between.
The Goldenride Bikefest, a two-day bike ride from Lincoln to Beatrice and back, is Sept. 18 and Sept. 19.
The ride is a fundraising event for Bike Walk Nebraska, a nonprofit group that promotes safe and accessible transportation through partnerships, education and advocacy.
Cyclists will cover 42 miles along the Homestead Trail during the two-day event. Participants will start the ride from the Railyard in Lincoln and ride to Chautauqua Park in Beatrice. They will return along the same route.
The trail-based route has three rest stops along the way. The ride is fully supported, meaning specialists are on hand to help with mechanical issues. Organizers will transport overnight gear.
Goldenride takes place largely on a trail, making it different from events such as Bike Ride Across Nebraska or RAGBRAI, the ride across Iowa, said Julie Harris, executive director of Bike Walk Nebraska.
"Whatever type of bicycle you have will work. It's fairly flat and there are several places to stop and rest," she said. "We really have tried to make this an easy way to say yes to anyone who might be interested."
Proceeds from the ride go to Bike Walk Nebraska's bicycle tourism initiatives. In some cases, that means adding more trail connections, Harris said. In others, it might be making cities along trails such as the Cowboy or MoPac more bike-friendly.
"We know bike tourism is on the rise," Harris said. "With COVID, we had the big bike boom. People are anxious to get out and explore."
A pre-ride party is slated for Sept. 17 at the Jayne Snyder Trials Center, 228 N. 21st St.
Registration closes Wednesday, Sept. 15.
Registration includes a T-shirt and commemorative beer mug, meals and other amenities.
To sign up or for more information, visit bikegoldenride.com.