Gran Fondo Start Moved To Trailhead To Avoid Road Work

NEBRASKA CITY – The 8:30 a.m. start for the Gran Fondo Saturday has been moved from Arbor Lodge to the Steamboat Trace trailhead near the OPPD plant.

Ride organizer Kelly Bequette said the route had included an on-ramp at the interchange, but construction of the ramp is not complete.

Bequette: “A year ago when we were planning it we did take a big risk and didn’t win that one. Hopfeully, next year it will start at Arbor Lodge or the Lied Lodge again, but, this year, just for safety reasons and due to construction, we are starting at the OPPD trail head.”
She said registration is between 7 and 9 a.m. and start any time.

A hospitality stop at the Peru trailhead is still planned, as well as presentations by Bill Clemente on trail carvings, flora and fauna.

Jason Hogue of Peru State College said Steamboat Trace is popular among students and a part of the Peru heritage.

Hogue: “The college has been there for 150 years, so there are a lot of cultural enhancements that our professors and our staff have done over those years. Students look at those carvings and say this shows the college cares about the town and the community and they have done things to make it artistic and culturally enhanced.”

Bequette and Hogue spoke at NCTC’s Hot Topics meeting Wednesday at Scooter’s.

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