|Bicycle Hill Climb test of speed|
|July 12, 2012 Pedro Escobar, Special to the Citizen|
Gering Citizen file photo
Bicycles were first called the “walking machine” back in the early 1800s. Later, pedals were added for faster mobility. The new version was called the “velocipede” or “boneshaker.” Since then, bikes have come in all shapes and sizes.
Many will come together with their velocipedes to participate in the Saturday’s annual Bicycle Hill Climb at Oregon Trail Days. Riders are divided into groups based on age and gender.
Awards go to the top three finishers in the race for each category and type of cycle. Types of cycle are allowed are mountain and street.
The Bicycle Hill Climb also features awards for those who participate with a unique type of cycle such as the unicycle.
Riders will start the race in one minute intervals and race through the course as fast as they can.
Safety helmets are required. If a rider does not have a helmet during warm-up and throughout the course of the race, they will be automatically disqualified from contention.
Riders may download and complete a form to register for the race at www.oregontraildays.com.
Registration also includes a $20 fee and will begin at 6 a.m. in front of Scotts Bluff National Monument Visitors Center.
The race is limited to 90 riders. Riders must be registered by 6:45 a.m. The race starts at 7 a.m.
Read more by Pedro Escobar, Special to the Citizen