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NUMB Ride for Hunger

NUMB 2017 

June 24 -28, 2017

Twenty-Second  Annual Circle Bicycle Tour of Nebraska

‘Saddle Up and Ride’

Register now for NUMB 2017 by clicking on the register button or
complete and mail the registration form.  click to download

For more information contact:  regina@numbride.org

2017 Route

Host communities this year are:

June 24th — Wisner – Optional Day ride

June 25th — Wisner – Albion     79* miles

June 26th — Albion – Plainview  51* miles

June 27thPlainview – Ponca  64* miles

June 28th — Ponca – Wisner     58* miles
                                             *Mileage approximate

NUMB 2017  In its 22nd year of fighting hunger, the Nebraska United Methodist Bike Ride for Hunger (NUMB) has given over $854,000 around the world for those in need.  We are calling NUMB 2017 the “Saddle Up” tour as the ride will pass by many acres of cattle being finished for market.  We ask you to Saddle Up your bike and start this ride in Wisner, Nebraska, home of very large cattle feedlots and journey to Albion.  The next day we head north to Plainview and then east to Ponca, home base of the Froggys.  From Ponca we turn south and return to where we started in Wisner.

The official start of NUMB 2017 is the Saturday evening Rider’s Meeting on June 24th, but for those arriving early to Wisner there will be an optional pre-NUMB loop ride on Saturday morning, This will be a short warm up ride in the area before the actual NUMB ride starts on Sunday morning. Camping will be available in Wisner both Friday and Saturday evening.

NUMB is sponsored by the Great Plains United Methodist Conference Risk Taking Mission and Justice Team.

NUMB is open to all interested cyclists. You do not have to be United Methodist to participate in NUMB. The ride will be limited to the first 150 riders. Riders in the past have come from all across the nation as well as Nebraska to be a part of this ride.  Riders 18 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian. NUMB will be challenging and riders must be in excellent riding condition and using quality biking equipment. Helmets are required. Participants must pay $55 for registration (after April 14th ‑ $60) and secure a minimum of $100 pledged to United Methodist Hunger programs. Registrants will receive pledge sheets and information about United Methodist Hunger projects upon registering.

Cyclists need to provide their own tents, multi-speed bike and gear needed for the trip. Helmets are mandatory. Following registration you will receive additional information including helpful hints on training and equipment.  The route is SAG supported. Nebraska Cycling & Fitnesss of Columbus will be on hand for repairs and parts. Designated camping sites are provided in each host community. Our NUMB Semi will transport your tents and luggage. Riders will park their vehicles in Wisner on arrival and pick them up again when our tour concludes. If you elect to stay in a motel on the tour, it is your responsibility to get to the motel with your gear and back to the campground.

Hunger Projects

NUMB is a fundraising event to motivate donors to contribute to alleviating hunger all around the world.  2017 will be our 22nd year.  Since it’s inception, NUMB has distributed over $854,000 for the hungry of the world. Join us for NUMB 2017 and make a difference for those who are hungry– ride, donate to a rider or volunteer as a support person.  Read more here: NUMB Hunger Projects

Tour Leadership

Rev. Bill Ritter, Great Plains Blue River District Superintendent,  is our Tour Leader for the twenty-second year. Bill has led numerous cross-Nebraska bike tours for the United Methodist Church since the 1980’s and is a veteran of fourteen BRAN trips.  He has participated in RAGBRAI, MS150, BAK, SAGBRAW, Tour de Kota, Candisc , BAM, WOW and various other Bike Tours.  Also serving you on NUMB are:  Route Director, Greg Bakewell; Registrar/Director’s Assistant, Regina Bergman; Social Director, Nina Clark; SAG Directors, Wayne and Kathy Minikus; Bike MechanicGeoff Paterson, Olympia Cycle of Omaha, NE; Bike MechanicDick Vandenberg, Nebraska Cycling and Fitness, Columbus, NE.

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