Rathjen Will Ride in Tour de Nebraska June 20 through 24working
Pastor Jon Rathjen will be participating in the 31st annual Tour de Nebraska (TDN). It starts Wednesday, June 20 and ends Sunday, June 24. The ride covers nearly 193 miles in northeast Nebraska. It begins and ends in Plainview. Other towns the cyclists will visit include Neligh, O’Neill and Niobrara. It is a five-day, non-competitive tour with a unique route each year. It gives pedalers an exceptional opportunity to experience the Cornhusker State. Rathjen rode in his first Tour de Nebraska in 2015.
“I am riding again this year because my sister wanted to do this ride. Even though she had never done a longer ride like this before, she knew that I had done the TDN and wanted to do the ride together,” he said. The pastor has been training for the TDN since early April. He started slow with rides of shorter distances–between seven and 10 miles. With the TDN drawing near, Rathjen is riding about 20 to 25 miles several days per week while doing longer rides of 40 miles weekly. Most of his training has been in Nemaha County.
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