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First Presbyterian hosts cross-country bike riders
LEXINGTON, Neb. - On Thursday, July 2, 2015, First Presbyterian Church hosted the Portland Team of 30 bikers who are riding for the group '4K for Cancer Bike Riders'.
The church provided the riders with a place to sleep and an evening meal. Grace Lutheran Church provided them a hearty breakfast before they headed out Friday morning.
These college age riders are each required to raise at least $4500 before they can participate in the ride. The funds raised go to cancer research and together all the teams have raised close to $1M. The Portland Team is one team and there is also a San Francisco Team, who have overnighted in Arapahoe the past 14 years. There is also a Seattle Team.
This is the fifth year the Portland Team has ridden. They began their trek on May 31 at Baltimore Maryland's Inner Harbor, and 4,000-plus miles later, will end following the Columbia River back to Portland Oregon on August 8. Some of the route highlights include cycling through the Great Allegheny Passageway, the Ohio Valley, the Nebraskan Sandhills, the Black Hills, Mt Rushmore, Bighorn Mountains, the Bitterroot Mountains, Mt. Hood and Cannon Beach.
When the Portland 4K for Cancer Bike Riders rode into Lexington they were 33 days out on their 48 day route across the country. They had traveled 93 miles on Friday from near Campbell. Leaving Lexington they headed to North Platte where they stayed through July 4th before leaving on Sunday.
Most of the riders are from the U.S. mid-section to the east coast. There was one rider from Taiwan. They travel the state highways (no interstate roads) traveling anywhere from 50-100 miles per day. Two support vans follow with food, water, equipment, bike tires and repair supplies. The thirty riders take turns driving the vehicles.
Article source - Lexington Clipper webesite www.lexch.com