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Nebraska Tour de Cure Update

New Location! New Routes! New 2015 Nebraska Tour de Cure! We are happy to announce the Tour de Cure is moving to Ashland, NE. This picturesque downtown location is the perfect setting for hundreds of Nebraska cyclists to join forces in the fight to Stop Diabetes® and raise critical funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association. We have FOUR all new fully supported routes, a great festival site, and live entertainment! Registration is $25, with a $200 fundraising minimum. So take the Ride of Your Life and sign up today at www.diabetes.org/tournebraska

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National Bike Challenge 

Hello Challengers,

PeopleForBikes would like to officially welcome you to the 2015 National Bike Challenge! We’re partnering with Kimberly-Clark to grow this year’s Challenge, building on the momentum you and other Challenge participants have established. The goal for this year is to reach at least 75,000 participants and log 35 million miles. Can you help us get there?

Over the last month, we’ve made a number of improvements to the National Bike Challenge website, including the much-requested integration with Strava. Look for more updates in the coming months (but don’t worry—the basic format of the Challenge remains the same for 2015.)

You and the rest of the Challenge community are what make every year so successful, and we appreciate your help spreading the word to your friends, family and coworkers.

There are only a couple more weeks until the start date. Bust out your helmet and get ready to ride!

— The National Bike Challenge team

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Paris Roubaix at Olympia 40th & Hamilton

Hey Chain Gangers come over to Olympia Cycle, 40th and Hamilton location this Saturday April 11th for a BMC Paris Roubaix extravaganza ! Andrew will have lots BMCs for you demo and a very special guest from BMC – Sean Weide, Communications Manager for BMC racing team will be on hand to answer any and all BMC questions you may have. In addition to the latest and greatest BMC bikes on display there’ll be goodies as well. Andrew will also be showing last year’s “Hell of the North” at the shop to prep you for Sunday’s 2015 version. See you Saturday!

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Julie Harris Named Exec Director of Nebraska Bicycling Alliance

The Nebraska Bicycling Alliance, a nonprofit that promotes bicycling across the state, recently announced the group’s first executive director, Julie Harris.

Harris, a longtime cyclist, will become the group’s only non-volunteer staff member when she takes over April 12th.

In her new role, Harris hopes to make Nebraska communities more bicycle-friendly by working with other pro-cycling organizations and advocating for policy changes that benefit local cyclists.

Full for story click here 

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Keystone Trail Update

he Keystone Trail south of Grover around the I-80 overpass is a Papio Missouri River Natural Resources District erosion project.  They are installing curbing and inlets to catch runoff so it doesn’t run across the trail.  (I spoke to NRD representative Eric Williams, ewilliams@papionrd.org who has been responsive to any trail issues that you might find.  He stated that there are three areas of the trail that they are tackling to eliminate runoff.  The two in Bellevue are now done.  The one under the interstate starts tomorrow and is scheduled to take 20 business days…..so end of April…..Eric thought it would get done sooner.   They will be on sight from 7 to 5 to maybe you can get around when they are not there, but I would not suggest you try and go around barricades while they are working).

The section of trail near the new UNO facility should be reopened for use sometime in mid-April, according tho the latest report from Kiewit Construction.  Weather and problems with one of the bridge piers have unfortunately delayed the bridge construction.