Nebraska Sandhills Brevet Tour 2020
250/300 K – 200 K – 200 K – 200 K
Nebraska Sandhills Randonneurs is pleased to announce the details of our 2020 Nebraska Brevet Tour. The brevets will take place from June 12 thru June 15, 2020.
The ride will begin in Bassett, Nebraska. The first time I went to the lodge, it was a step back in time: http://bassettlodge.com/
Our route is a tour around the Nebraska Sandhills. Most people outside Nebraska have never heard of the sandhills. There are a number of great sources like Wikipedia.
A few books may also be helpful:
“Like No Other Place”
Roadside Geology of Nebraska
These rides are unsupported but we do plan to have a vehicle move drop bags from one overnight location to the other.
The ride fee is $20 per ride ($80 per series of four rides). This covers RUSA insurance and the drop bag service.
The Brevet Tour is an idea that was sprouted by Larry Larson (former RBA) as an alternative to a brevet week. Initially it was a 200, 300, rest-day, then a 400 km brevet. He later did a 600 km to complete the series. Lately, the 400 km has been dropped and he does the routes as 200 to 300 km rides as a big loop of the Sandhills of Nebraska.
June 11: Arrive in Bassett
Bassett Lodge & Range Café (402) 684-3379
$65 per two rider room (two queens)
June 12: Bassett -> Gordon (250 K or 300 K): 7 am
Leave Bassett: Two route options through Valentine
- Bassett – Gordon 250 K stays in Nebraska https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31709906
- Bassett – Martin – Gordon 300 K crosses into South Dakota for the American Explorer Award. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31968711
Cross into Mountain Time Zone west of Valentine
Jeffco Inn (308) 282-2935
$73.50 for 1 person, $83.50 for 2 persons
June 13: Gordon -> Alliance (200 K): 7 am
Leave Gordon: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31709933
The route will visit Chadron, Crawford & Carhenge
American Inn (308) 762-8300
1419 W. 3rd St, Alliance, NE
June 14: Alliance -> Thedford (200 K): 7 am
Leave Alliance and head east on the Sandhills Scenic By-Way
The route crosses from Mountain to Central Time Zone
Roadside Inn (800) 373-1648
Hwy 2, Thedford, NE
June 15: Thedford -> Bassett (200 K): 7 am
Be sure to stock up as it is over 60 miles to first control in Valentine.
Return to Bassett Lodge & Range Cafe
**Riders will need to make their own arrangements for hotel. I have held a number of rooms for the ride. The rooms are saved under my name “Spencer Klaassen”