Join us! June 2nd -8th

Valentine – Bassett – Burwell – Burwell – Petersburg – Stromsburg – Wahoo – Louisville

BRAN 42 gravel ROUTE

“Rolling Across the Heartland”

We chose this particular route for lots of great reasons. Many riders from past BRANs enjoyed riding in the Sandhills, and we wanted to give them a chance to experience it once more. We’ve kept the length of each ride at a distance where riders can finish their ride and still have time to explore the towns along the way.

This route will also give riders road and gravel options on almost every day. Finally, we’ve added a flex day in Burwell, giving riders the opportunity to ride the Burwell Loop around the Calamus reservoir self-supported, take a break from riding, sign up for tubing or tanking with the Calamus Outfitters, or look at other opportunities to check out within the Burwell community.

Please note that, while unlikely, exact route is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances such as road closures, etc.

BRAN 42 Gravel Option

Looking for a little more adventure on BRAN? Want to get off the beaten path and explore even more of Nebraska’s natural beauty? The optional gravel routes may be for you!

The routes presented here are suggestions, only and will not be supported.

While you’re welcome to explore rural Nebraska however you wish, we do recommend a bike with at least 35mm tires. Many of these roads will be well-worn, nearly dirt paths, while other roads may have fresh gravel making travel difficult. Especially int he sandhills, the unpaved roads in Nebraska an be mighty unpredictable, from wash-outs to sandy soil, and the ever-present thorns, so plan ahead!

These suggested routes are unsupported – no SAG stops or route markings unless the route intersects with the main route, so you’ll be on your own for flats, or emergency repairs, which for many, is part of the appeal!


BRAN Day 1 | Valentine to Bassett

Your Day 1 Route will give you a chance to ride the Cowboy Trail and cross the iconic Cowboy Trail Bridge over the Niobrara River just outside of Valentine. Keep your eyes open for wildlife: white-tail and mule deer are common along this route, especially right after sunrise. It’s also possible to see more than one bald eagle.

Start Town: Valentine, NE

End Town: Bassett, NE

Estimated Milage: 64

BRAN Day 2 | Bassett to Burwell

The gravel route takes you by Tein Lakes Wildlife Management and Recreation area. 

Start Town: Bassett, NE

End Town: Burwell, NE

Estimated Milage: 75 to 85 miles

BRAN Day 3 | Burwell Loop

Road construction plans may affect our ability to ride on Day 3. Consider signing up for the tubing or tanking option! 


BRAN Day 4 | Burwell to Petersburg

Day 4 route takes us through Ericson and past Ericson Lake, The Hungry Horse Saloon, and then along Beaver Valley Road. 

Start Town: Burwell, NE

End Town: Petersburg, NE

Estimated Mileage: 66

BRAN Day 5 | Petersburg to Stromsburg

Day 5 is a scenic route along Old Mill Road and Beaver Creek. Also, Calvary Lutheran Church and the Waterfowl Assault Club.

Start Town: PetersburgNE

End Town: Stromsburg, NE

Estimated Milage: 68

BRAN Day 6 | Stromsburg to Wahoo

Day 6 route takes os through Brainard to the Oak Creek Trail, and then through Weston to Wahoo. 

Start Town: Stromsburg, NE

End Town: Wahoo, NE

Estimated Milage: 71

BRAN Day 7 | Wahoo to Louisville

Day 7 is always a short ride for BRAN riders. It gives all the riders a chance to finish their BRAN experience early in the day and grab a free lunch on us before getting on the road for home, and we wanted to stick with that plan as much as possible, but we can’t pass up a chance to ride past Memphis Lake! 

BEFORE YOU LEAVE, be sure to grab a complimentary hotdog, chips, cookies and a drink prepared with the help of a local Youth Group. It’s our way of thanking you for riding with us on this year’s BRAN.

Hope to see you in 2025 for our next BRAN!!

Start Town: WahooNE

End Town: Louisville, NE

Estimated Milage: 43

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