We are grateful to all of you hardy souls who've joined us on this annual pilgrimage. You are lifelong friends. Through headwinds, sunny skies and homemade pies, you've all had a part in making Tour de Nebraska more than a bicycle tour."
--Rich and Susan Rodenburg, TDN Founders and Organizers
How it all got started....
In early 1988, newly married and owners of Bike Pedalers, Rich and Susan Rodenburg decided to create their own statewide bicycle tour. They had discovered the joys of bicycle adventures in Switzerland, Italy, France and Wisconsin.
Why not in Nebraska, they wondered?
Soon after, the idea for Tour de Nebraska emerged from a late-night brainstorming session with friends (yes, there were adult beverages involved).
10 people joined us on our first Tour de Nebraska--which was 7 days. We doubled every year, and had 450 riders last summer.
Three dogs, two kids and many VW buses later, we still love providing a bicycle adventure that allows people to experience the beauty and friendliness of rural Nebraska.
Cheers to 30 years!