The 7th annual Fairbury Cycling Tour (FCT) sponsored by the Burkley Wellness Center was considered a great success according to organizer Jackie Gregory. A total of 27 cyclists participated in the event on Saturday, May 9. Participants included local riders, as well as riders from areas such as Omaha, Lincoln, Beatrice, Kansas City, and several other cities.
The just-for-fun, non-racing tour covered up to 70 miles on paved highways with five different options, all starting at the Burkley Health Center and continuing to Nebraska Highway 8. The first route was 12 miles to Jansen and back on U.S. Highway 136, the second route was 25 miles to 2 miles east of Endicott on to Jansen and down U.S. Highway 136. The 48-mile route went to the Odell corner and back along Nebraska Highway 8. The 60-mile route went to Odell and then north to U.S. Highway 136 and back down U.S. Highway 136. The longest was a 70-mile round trip route to Odell north to U.S. Highway 136, back west to Jansen turning south to Endicott and then back west down Nebraska Highway 8 back to the Burkley Wellness Center.
The cyclists were able to stop at four different SAG (Supply And Gear) stops along the way for water, power snacks and any bike assistance needed. One roving SAG vehicle was available for assisting in repairs and emergencies along the route.
“It was windy but still a great time. Everyone was happy and really enjoyed themselves. Another great year! Can’t wait for the next,” said Valerie Snyder, a volunteer for a SAG stop.
Donations were very much appreciated for the event. Local businesses donating food and money for the bicycle tour included: High Prairie Inc., Korbel Drug, Casey’s General Store, Ray’s Apple Market, Tatro Chiropractic, Lily’s Flowers and Gifts and Orscheln’s Farm and Home.
“The pizza from Casey’s was great for the rider’s after they got back in from riding. We had several people say how much they appreciated it and gave them a chance to chat with other riders while they ate,” Gregory said.
Organizers are excited to plan for next year.
“Given the positive feedback again this year we will be planning again for next year. We are very happy about the turn out we had. The weather seemed to cooperate in our favor for the day even after the flooding that had occurred the days before. We hope to see more riders in future years,” Gregory said.
She also thanked all of the volunteers and local youth for help at the SAG stops. Local high school students raising money for a camp, the Presbyterian Church confirmation class raising money for a mission trip and other youth assisted with the SAG stops this year.
Of course, riders deserve a big thanks, Gregory said.
“A huge thank you to all of the participating riders who made the event a success,” Gregory said.More