Thursday, September 28, 2006

BRAN, TDN???

Anyone planning on doing any of the tour rides next year? Bike Ride Across Nebraska or Tour De Nebraska? Has anyone done either, if so which would you recommend?

13 comments:

Byekin said...

I've done BRAN 6 times and TDN 4 times. I recommend them both! I usually take a look at the route they are taking and choose the route I like the best. TDN is smaller 200 riders whereas BRAN has 600. BRAN goes across Nebraska meaning you have to take a bus or arrange transportation to the other end of the state. TDN is more circular in that you finish where you start. BRAN is 7 days (Sunday to Saturday) and usually averages around 75 miles per day. TDN is 5 days (Wednesday to Sunday) and usually averages just over 60 miles per day. BRAN usually stays upon school grounds of host towns whereas TDN usually in a park. More facilities on school grounds but no alcohol which is not an issue for me. TDN there's a cold beer waiting for you at the finish.

adrian said...

Anyone interestred in doing either of these? Maybe we could get a good group together for next year.

KimC said...

I've done BRAN several times and will there this year. It starts the first week in June-web site is: www.bran-inc.org. It's a great way to see some beautiful areas in Nebraska and have alot of fun! I hear Janna, Nicol and Conrad are going this year. I have some friends that have done TDN and have had a good time-the registration fills up fast.

doug_w said...

I've done TDN the past 3 years. It's always well run and lots of fun. Being 2 weeks after BRAN the weather can be a little nicer as well.

Byekin said...

The 2007 BRAN will start Sunday June 10, 2007 and end Sat June 16, 2007 (which is a week later than usual). Host towns will be Gordon, Hyannis, Tryon, Merna, Ord, Fullerton, Brainard, and Waterloo.

adrian said...

Tents and all?

Byekin said...

Tenting is the best way to go in my opinion. Some people sleep in the school gyms or hallways but I sleep better outside even in a storm than inside. Others do the motel thing which is definitely much more comfortable but that gets expensive and you lose a little from the overall experience as well.

KimC said...

Byekin, how'd you get the scoop on the route and dates already? I checked website but didn't see anything.

nicol said...

When is the registration deadline?

Byekin said...

heh heh heh, inside connections! No actually you can find the route information on their message board.

Registrations won't be out until January. No real registration deadline except once they fill up (which usually doesn't happen spring).

The fee for BRAN is cheap compared to other tours.

Jason said...

For the ultimate bicycle tour experience, go on RAGBRAI. Okay, so I've never been on BRAN or TDN, but I've heard about them from people who have. I have done RAGBRAI eleven times, so I know what I'm talking about there. Contrary to the myth, not everyone drinks on RAGBRAI, just everyone I know. But you don't have to. And the drunks in the back are usually safer to ride with than the newbies in the front. For those star-chasers out there: How many 7-time Tour de France champions have promised to be on BRAN next summer? I'm guessing it's zero. But all of them have promised to be on RAGBRAI. 200 riders? 600 riders? Try 10,000...

adrian said...

I am all for TDN or BRAN. I'm in it more for the ride experience than anything else. Too many riders and too much comercialization takes away from a good experience - my opinion.

monkeygirl said...

I will be back at tdn this year, and already have some folks going along, it is a more the merrier kind of thing. Emory is going next year too.