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Tour de Lincoln draws big crowd of bike riders

By: Liz Kellar The News Messenger
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More than 750 riders took advantage of the mild, sunny weather May 10 to take part in the seventh annual Tour de Lincoln, a fundraiser for the Lincoln Volunteer Center. “It was really, really good, the weather was perfect,” said volunteer center coordinator Bob Romness. “Our ridership was up about 20 percent over last year – it was more than we anticipated.” He estimated more than 750 riders registered for the event. The bike ride offered four courses: the 10-mile Pleasure Cruise, the 20-mile Rolling Hills, the 40-mile Country Climb and the 63-mile or 100K, Metric Century. Two of the routes – the Country Climb and the Metric Century – were modified this year to eliminate long stretches along Highway 193. “We had a great group of volunteers to help out, the committee did a great job of marking the routes and the service clubs always do a great job at the rest stops,” Romness said. “The rider feedback was very, very positive,” he added. “I always take a poll; I talk to people in the lunch line. This time, we served lunch in the barbecue area and the riders really liked that because they got to sit in the shade.” The riders started out at 8 a.m. and by noon, most of the cyclists – with the exception of those braving the 100K course – were feasting on barbecue. There were quite a few riders from Sun City Lincoln Hills, including friends Sue Worrell and Carol Hoffmeister. Worrell modified the course, she said, riding a longer version of the Country Climb. Hoffmeister opted to ride the Rolling Hills course. “It was perfect weather,” Hoffmeister said. “It’s so well-organized and so well-done.” Worrell said of the Tour. Another Lincoln Hills rider, Tony Simi, echoed the praise. Simi rode the 100K – “the big one,” he said, grimacing slightly. “I pushed pretty hard on the way back. “It’s gorgeous, a beautiful ride,” he said. “It’s a super ride.”