Everyone's hometown has something unique about it. Today I'd like to give you a quick peek at the place I call home: Lincoln, Nebraska.
The cycling community in Lincoln has gained a certain notoriety in recent years. But it’s not just an overnight phenomenon. Generations of cyclists have found Lincoln’s moderate grades, friendly streets and nearby local trails to be perfect for the necessities of daily commuting, as well as the rigors of long recreational and training rides. Whether you like dirt or prefer to pound pavement, if you’re a cyclist in Lincoln, life is good.
Photo credit: Cornbread
There’s never a shortage of folks to ride with or rides to go on. There are gravel grinders taking off on almost every non-race weekend during the season, and guys like Cornbread, Troy Krause, Aaron Gammell, Matt Wills, Jeff Bonsall, Skip Cronin and Butch Johnson are well-known competitors in gravel grinder races and events throughout the Midwest.
The gravel roads here in Nebraska are where we’re able to find our true adventures. Unlike the singletrack trails in Colorado and other western states where there are huge expanses of public land, most of Nebraska’s land is privately held. Most singletrack trails are confined to specific areas or state parks. As a result, the gravel roads are where we seek out new places.
That’s why I love riding bicycles. They allow me to get out and experience things I couldn’t experience any other way. I’m fortunate to live in a time and place, and among people that empower me to be able to explore my boundaries as a cyclist. Hopefully, I can somehow help empower others to make their lives better by adding a little adventure as well.
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Growing up the son of a wildlife biologist gave me a jump-start on my appreciation for the outdoors and I still count the day I first pedaled a bicycle as one of the best, most empowering days of my life. And while I enjoy the lure of big challenges like TransIowa and the Colorado Trail Race, I want to help cyclists see that great adventures are waiting right outside their doors. Discovery by bicycle is a beautiful thing. Matt Gersib: The Dirtblog http://dirtstories.blogspot.com/