NUMB Ride for Hunger
NUMB 2016 ‘Blue Ribbon Tour’
June 25 -29, 2016
Twenty-first Annual Circle Bicycle Tour of Nebraska
Online registration is now closed – if you would like to register or for more infomation contact Regina Bergman: firstname.lastname@example.org
June 25th — Milford Optional Day Ride – rider’s meeting at 8pm
June 26th — Milford – Wymore 72* miles
June 27th — Wymore – Hebron 61* miles
June 28th — Hebron – Sutton 68* miles
June 29th —Sutton – Milford 52* miles
* mileage approximate
In its 21st year of fighting hunger, the Nebraska United Methodist Bike Ride for Hunger (NUMB) is approaching $800,000 given around the world for those in need. We are calling NUMB 2016 the ‘Blue Ribbon Tour’ as the entire ride will be within the Blue River Basin and to honor Nebraska’s agricultural heritage. We will start the annual charity ride in Milford, Nebraska. The United Methodist Church of Milford will not only be the starting point, but also the ending point of the ride. The NUMB riders will be near the Kansas border before they spend their second night in Wymore. From Wymore the cyclists will head west and spend the night in Hebron, home of the world’s largest porch swing. The last night on the road will be hosted by Sutton, before the riders return to where they started peddling in Milford.
The official start of NUMB 2016 is the Saturday evening Rider’s Meeting on June 25th, but for those arriving early to Milford 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 Milford 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. Click on the link to register to secure a spot on NUMB 2016. 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. Support vehicles will transport your tents and luggage. Riders will park their vehicles in Milford 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.
The Nebraska United Methodist Churches of Milford, Wymore, Hebron and Sutton will be our hosts and arrange for breakfast and evening meals for purchase and showers and camping spaces in their communities. SAGs with water and snacks will be located every 10-12 miles. Riders will be responsible for purchasing lunch in towns we pass through on the route.
NUMB is a fundraising event to motivate donors to contribute to alleviating hunger all around the world. 2016 will be our 21st year. Since it’s inception, NUMB has distributed over $793,000 for the hungry of the world. Come be a part of NUMB 2016 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.
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.
NUMB is a camping tour and if you are one of the lucky ones to score a motel room, you are responsible to get yourself and gear to the motel and back to the truck.
Rev. Bill Ritter, Great Plains Blue River District Superintendent, is our Tour Leader for the twenty-first 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 Mechanic, Geoff Paterson, Olympia Cycle of Omaha, NE; Bike Mechanic, Dick Vandenberg, Nebraska Cycling and Fitness, Columbus, NE.