On May 12, approximately 450 riders descended (and ascended) on the roads around Lincoln for the 17th annual Tour de Lincoln, sponsored by the Lincoln Rotary Club and benefiting the club’s foundation.
There were routes of 10, 20, 40 and 62 miles, known as a metric century.
The metric century is a challenging ride. After a few warm-up miles out McCourtney and Wise and a wild downhill on Chili Hill, the real climbing starts on Ridge Road.
After refueling at the first rest stop on Ophir, riders get another great descent down Lozanos and then another climb up Bald Hill.
It’s back down Wise to the signature climb, Baxter Grade. Cyclists are rewarded with a long downhill on Mt. Vernon, eventually leading to a rest stop on Mt. Pleasant. More climbing on Forbes takes place, before heading toward Camp Far West Lake.
Finally, a pesky steep bump on Karchner, a rest stop at the Manzanita Cemetery before taking a flat ride back to McBean Park and a barbecue lunch.
Tom Frady is a Lincoln resident and avid cyclist and driver.