After 7 years of hosting 300-mile, 5-day tours from Ft. Myers to Key West, we at Ends Cycling recognize a few things. First, we recognize not everyone can get off work for the entire trip. Second, we recognize not everyone wants to ride 300 miles.
For that reason, we are pleased to offer a 3-day FL-Keys-Only portion of our 8th annual Key West Bike Ride (Monday to Wednesday)! Participants are encouraged to meet us in
Homestead to Key West, FL
Homestead, FL at our host church (on Sunday afternoon/evening) for an abbreviated version of our Pre-Field Orientation. This will also be a great time of community and integration with the cyclists have already been riding for 2 days from Fort Myers. On Monday morning, your 3-day ride begins with a 45-mile jaunt from Homestead to Key Largo, via the bypass. Beautiful and scenic views are revealed half-way thru the day. Key Lime Pie awaits your arrival at First Baptist on Monday afternoon. There will be an optional beach trip to John Pennekamp Park as well. Tuesday morning, your 2nd day of cycling takes you 50-miles on Route 1 South from Key Largo to Marathon. That day you'll enjoy tarpon-feeding at Robbie's of Islmorada and a few other treats. Arriving in Marathon, you will meet Pastor Nick and the congregation there who is always excited to host us for worship. The views at dinner are almost as incredible as the food and company. Wednesday will be your 3rd and final day of cycling - 50 miles from Marathon to the Southernmost Point of Key West. By this point, you'll have truly bonded and made lifetime memories with your team. Make sure you snap a picture at Mile Marker Zero before going to see the beautiful sunset that God paints at Mallory Square.
Thursday morning, we'll give you a ride back to Homestead or Ft. Myers at 6am or 8am. 3-day participants have the same fundraising goal as 5-day participants. We also cannot offer any early-bird discount to cyclists on the 3-day tour.
Got questions? Please email our 3-day KWBR2019 Ride Director, Justin H at JHanneken@EndsCycling.com
For The Youth Of:
The Reason We Ride...
Thailand has a population of 68 million people, an estimated 98% of whom don’t walk in relationship with Jesus. As Prosperous Youth Foundation (PYF), we work in Chiang Mai, which is the second largest city in Thailand. Many youth come from villages in the mountains, without access to education, so they move into the city for a better education while their parents stay back in their villages maintaining their homes and
farms. Other youth who have been orphaned or abandoned also end living in institutional care. PYF is working to help create a network among these youth homes, and is currently connected with close to 70 youth homes. PYF partners with them by training youth workers, supporting the staff, discipling and doing leadership development with youth. In supporting these homes, the youth can be introduced to Christ and mentored, while they pursue a better education. One key tool in that effort is an annual youth camp (launched with funds and support of the 2014 KWBR) PYF hosts every October school break. More than 400 youth from nearly 40 youth homes come together to worship, some experiencing Christ for the first time and others making commitments to pursue ministry. Our hope is to use the prayers and funds that you raise from this tour to fully invest in the expenses of future camps, create a structure that makes PYF sustainable long-term and to help scale our other projects transforming the lives of youth.
What do I get when I Register?
Only 3 days worth of AWESOMENESS!
Well, and a few other things that are listed here.
A place to stay every night of the event (hotels are an optional cost to you)
Breakfast & Lunch every day
Snacks throughout the event (Energy gels, granola bars, RXBARs, fruit, etc.)
Ends Cycling Jersey (by Primal – no jersey for support staff)
Laundry services every evening (for cycling clothing only)
Official Tour T-Shirt
Swag Bag (with several surprises)
A support vehicle (S.A.G.) dedicated to your group loaded with
water, air pumps, tubes, snacks, etc.)
Full-time Event Photographer and/or Videographer (you get free
access to the pics after the event!)
Corporate worship every night.
Custom Thank You cards to send to all of your supporters.
Water bottle (for cyclists only)
Transportation back to starting line
Airport transportation (where applicable)
FUN & Surprises (Nightly give-a-ways, contests, etc)
Cycling training in orientation
Experienced Group Leaders
And More! See the Riders Handbook for more details.
*Participants are strongly encouraged to be at the starting location at 3:30pm, the day before for check-in for this important Pre-field Orientation. We will get to know each other, have a safety presentation and training ride.
**Fundraising Goal: $1000 (Minimum $500). Participants will not be eligible to ride if the minimum funds are not raised by event start date. If you have not raised the minimum by the start date, you will be expected to pay the balance the day the ride begins.
Thank you for your understanding.
How Are Your Cycling Groups Organized?
An experienced Team Leader will lead a team of 4-10 cyclists throughout the multi-day event. Riders will be grouped depending on their strengths and preferences. You are welcome to choose which group you wish to be in ahead of time. (If you're not sure you can do it, get a cycling computer and see where you are at!) A suggested 10 week training schedule is available to you in our tour handbooks.
It’s our recommendation no one changes groups unless absolutely necessary. We would love for you to grow deep relationships with people in your group.
Paceline - 18+ mph average
Journey Lovers Plus - 16-17 mph average
Journey Lovers - 14-15 mph average
SEE Train - 13-14 mph average
D Group (trikes, etc) - 11mph average (will likely not finish all miles each day)
PLEASE NOTE: "Average" means over the course of a 60-80 mile day, the actual pedaling speed that your computer will read at the end of your ride. This means you will at times, be riding at 2-4 M.P.H. above your actual "average" for the day. These averages will change on international tours.