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Trans Am Bike Race stops in Newton

NEWTON, Kansas -- - Cyclists participating in a non-stop, self supporting bike race stopped in Newton this evening.

The race involves a 4,233 mile ride along the Trans America Trail.

The route was mapped out in 1975 by Bikecentennial.

That event included more than 4,000 cyclists who rode some or all of the route across the nation.

Ron Dickinson and his son, Matthew began their trek across the route at the beginning of the month.

As they pulled into Newton, Ron said that theyve logged close to 1,700 miles this month.

"I think its a personal challenge and a once in a lifetime adventure," said Dickinson.

The Dickinsons say their next stop will be in Sterling tomorrow night.

The race will conclude in Astoria, Oregon.

The route was mapped in 1975 by Bikecentennial (now known asAdventure Cycling Association) for their Bikecentennial 76 event, when more than 4,000 cyclists rode part or all of the route across the U.S. to celebrate the nations bicentennial. The TransAm remains the most popular route in the Adventure Cycling Route Network which now includes over 41,000 miles of cycling routes.

 

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