Now in its 19th year, the Kool-Aid Classic Bicycle Tour navigates the scenic, paved country roads surrounding the birthplace of Kool-Aid. Proceeds from the ride are donated to the construction and beautification of the Pioneer Spirit Trail. You can choose from 20, 40, or 65 mile routes. There are several rest stops along the route with plenty of Kool-Aid to enjoy.
New this year, GRAVEL option! Enjoy the rolling gravel and minimum maintenance roads of South Central Nebraska. With less than 5 miles of pavement, you'll be crushing a lot of gravel. Includes two rest stops. See route map below.
With the help of CycleNebraska, we are offering online registration this year!
Saturday morning from 7:00 - 7:45 a.m. at the Highland Park shelter (behind the Hastings Museum at 14th & Burlington). Everyone must check-in and sign a release form. Public restrooms and water are available.
Saturday morning, August 10, at 8:00 a.m. from the Highland Park parking lot.
Pre-Registration — $30.00
After July 27 & Day of Tour — $30.00
You can order an extra T-shirt or two for your significant other or for the whole family for just $10 each. Sizes range from Youth Small to Adult XXXL.
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Bruce & Alisa Sandahl
How to Get Here
Take Exit 312 from I-80. Turn South on Hwy 281 for about 16 miles. Turn Left (East) on 14th Street. Go two blocks and turn Right (South) on Hastings Ave. Go South and take the second left into the Hastings Utilities parking lot and park there. Registration is at the shelter in Highland Park across the street. Everyone must go through registration to sign the release form!
After the Ride
Showers are available after the ride at the Hastings YMCA on 16th Street. Join us at Valentino’s of Hastings for an after-ride meal. Additional meals may be purchased for your family and friends who may not have participated in the ride.
Pioneer Spirit Trail
With the help of cyclists like you, over $28,800 has been raised in the past 17 years for the hike/bike trail around Hastings. With the recent addition of a 3.1-mile section, the Pioneer Spirit Trail is now an 8.9-mile continuous trail system connecting residential areas, shopping districts, schools and recreational areas.
Helmets are required. Roads are open to traffic, so please obey all traffic and safety rules. All riders must sign a waiver at registration. Riders under 18 years old must have a parent or guardian sign their waiver.
In Downtown Hastings, thousands of “kids” of all ages gather the second weekend of August to celebrate the invention of Kool-Aid, Nebraska’s Official Soft Drink, by Edwin Perkins in 1927. The festival features the World’s Largest Kool-Aid Stand, giant inflatable rides, carnival games, festival foods, and many other events. Visitors can purchase commemorative “Kollectibles” including special $2 mugs, which entitle them to drink as much Kool-Aid as they want of the 16 flavors served.
For more information about Kool-Aid Days, visit the website www.kool-aiddays.com.
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