Explore & Enjoy Alaska
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Registration is currently LIVE for cyclists through August 1st, 2022. We currently have enough Support Staff to serve on this tour. If you register as Support Staff, you will be placed on a waiting list and we will let you know if we have enough space for you to attend by July 1st, 2022. Enjoy & explore the Last Frontier with Ends of the Earth Cycling! Grab your gravel or mountain bike & let’s GO!
We are very pleased and excited to introduce our first-ever Alaska Bike Ride 2022. This is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Grab your cool-weather gear and make plans to join us - in September 2022, just after the tourists clear the roads after Labor Day Weekend! Feel free to fly in to Anchorage Airport (ANC) any day that week, and you can count on a host church lodging from Thursday, Sept. 8th PM on.
Enjoy & Explore
Friday, September 9, 2022 - join us for an afternoon of Pre-Field Orientation (PFO) at Changepoint, our host church in Anchorage, Alaska with Pastor Michael Warren. You’ll quickly become familiar with the beautiful bike path system in and around Anchorage during our 10-mile training ride. That evening, we’ll get to know each other and learn more about the beneficiary we are riding for - over a delicious dinner at our spacious host church.
Saturday, September 10, 2022 is the official Day 1 of our ride. We are calling it “Tour of Anchorage!” After a kick-off celebration, you’ll have the opportunity to ride a series of bike trails around Anchorage - that make the shape of a Moose head! Speaking of moose, you’ll most-likely see some on your ride that day. They are skittish and territorial so don’t get too close! At lunch time, our cyclists will enjoy an absolutely breathtaking view of the Turnagain Arm water system. For those itching for a challenge, there’s an optional 3-mile climb, with 1,300 ft gain, and 7 switchbacks. It’s called Potter Valley Rd, and we highly recommend disc brakes, as the descent is very steep.
Sunday, September 11, 2022 - after a time of rest, we’ll start Day 2 by joining our host church, Changepoint for their early service. After worshiping with our family there, we’ll drive participants 50 miles to Palmer, AK where we’ll meet our hosts at Northern Light Chapel, where Pastor John Varland serves. Upon arrival, we’ll gather our bikes, suit-up, and head out for an epic ride to Hatcher’s Pass. Along the way, we’ll climb the rural windy roads up towards Independence Mine, a state historic park, where you’ll see the remnants of a gold mining operation in the Talkeetna Mountains. The ride all the way to the top will give cyclists 25 miles (50 roundtrip) with a visitor’s center serving hot coffee awaiting you. Should you choose not to do the full climb, there’s several spots along the way to enjoy waterfall views before turning around. We’ll worship at NLC that evening and spend the night there.
Monday, September 12, 2022 - we have another 50-mile ride planned - this one is even more rural than the previous 2. Riding along the Matanuska River thru the small town of Butte, we’ll eventually skirt the Knik River, where participants will surely enjoy spotting wildlife in the distance and up close - get your camera ready! The ride takes us to the ½ way point (Mile 26) where the Raven’s Perch Restaurant and Lodge hosts 30+ minute helicopter rides (for anyone looking to spend some extra $). These helicopter tours take you to the Knik Glacier - an absolutely breathtaking wonder to see up close! Anyone up for an optional climb? Clark-Wolverine Road has just what you have been waiting for! The ride back to the church will give participants plenty of time to enjoy and explore the best the area has to offer! The Iditarod Trail Race museum in nearby Wasilla, AK is a must visit! You can even get taken around the track by the training dogs!
Tuesday, September 13th - after 2 nights at Northern Light Chapel, we’ll be making our way from Palmer, AK to Sutton, AK - another 50-mile day where Victory Bible Camp awaits us! This is the day with the most substantial amount of climbing, but don’t worry - we’re happy to pick you up at any time and drive you up the camp road. A delicious dinner and warm bed & shower await you in the cabin facilities of the camp - which is surrounded by breathtaking views of the mountains. Not far down the road is the Matanuska Glacier (glacier-tours.com), an optional afternoon trip for anyone who wants to visit a glacier in Alaska by car. Depending on what you want to do there will depend on additional cost $.
Wednesday, September 14th - For day 5 of our epic Alaska Bike Ride, we’ll be driving participants our longest transfer (2+ hours) to Bird, the southern part of the Chugach State Park. Once you arrive and see the sights, you’ll understand we couldn’t possibly bring you this far and not put you on the Bird to Gird Trail. This is the most beautiful bike trail in all of western, Alaska - and it ends at the picturesque ski town of Girdwood. After just 14 miles of hilly riding, participants will enjoy a delicious brunch at The Bake Shop, one of the most popular places in the whole area - did someone say “All you can Eat Soup?” Yes, they are known for their sourdough bread. After we leave lunch, the premiere stop awaits you for the day - the AWCC - Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a 1.5mile gravel road loop (that sits on 200 acres) that will afford you the opportunity to see God’s most unique and wonderful creations that call Alaska home! The animal sanctuary is a must-see for anyone visiting Alaska - and we’ll spend several hours there before transporting you back to Changepoint church in Anchorage for our pizza party and debrief.
Thursday, September 15th - In as much as weather can change at any point in Alaska, we highly recommend saving this day as a Contingency day/Tourist Day. If any of our previous days don’t afford us the opportunity to ride, we’ll likely push the trip back 1 day and finish our ride on the 15th. If the weather is blessed and rideable all the other 5 days, you’ll be glad to have this day to take in some last-minute sights, before flying out on Friday, September 16th. We are happy to get you to the airport in Anchorage any time that day with regular shuttles running from Changepoint to ANC.
For The Youth Of:
The Reason We Ride...
On this tour, you will be riding for the youth in Nicaragua. Our beneficiary ministry there is called Enrich Missions. Here is a word from them:
Nicaragua is the second poorest nation in the western hemisphere and families are forced to make challenging decisions when it comes to their children's education.
Public schooling is free to walk in the door, but parents need to provide uniforms, books, school supplies and more, while living on an average of U$2 a day. Because of this 70% of students who begin first grade drop out before they reach sixth grade.
Enrich Missions extends Christ’s love to children living in extreme poverty so that they can fully engage their educational opportunities. Since founding in 2015, we’ve been doing that in a number of different ways — Nutrition, Enrichment, Tutoring & Medical/Dental Care — all while speaking the salvation message of hope, love and life in Jesus Christ.
We learned early that it is hard to learn when you’re hungry, so the foundation of our ministry is our Nutrition Program. Students are served a hot, nutritious lunch three times a week, along with a multivitamin. Enrich Missions works to ensure that our students have a diverse menu of proteins, fruit, veggies and other things they don’t have access to at home.
Our Enrichment Classes provide our students with extra curricular classes like Ballet, Brazilian JiuJitsu, Library Time, Music and Art. Tutoring is offered to anyone who needs it by partnering with local college students who volunteer their time. Our students receive regular medications for their overall wellness like anti-parasite medications and fluoride treatments to stop cavities. We’re excited to partner with Ends Cycling & their riders to open a new Enrichment Tech class that will focus on getting our students computer literate and experienced in the Office suite of programs. This 8-week beginner course will provide them with skills they can use in high school, university and in the work force.
Enrich Missions Ministries
What do I get when I Register?
Pre-Field Orientation - Sept 9th at 1:30p - 7p*
September 10 - 14, 2022
Sept 14th is a contingency day, specifically if here is bad weather any previous day.
6689 ChangePoint Dr.
Anchorage, AK 99518
Cyclists - $849
w/ $1000 Fundraising Pledge **
Support Staff - $499
(Fundraising encouraged but
Only 5 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, fruit, etc.)
Ends Cycling Jersey (by Primal – no jersey for support staff)
Laundry services every evening (for cycling clothing only)
Official Tour T-Shirt (Cyclists & Support Staff)
Admission into the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) and Iditarod Museum Gift Shop (Rest Stop)
A support vehicle (S.A.G.) dedicated to your group loaded with
water, air pumps, tubes, snacks, etc.)
Full-time Event Photographer when possible (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. (These will be mailed to you shortly after the ride is completed)
Water bottle (for cyclists only)
Transportation back to starting line
Airport transportation (at designated shuttle times)
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 1:30pm - 7p, 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.
It’s our recommendation no one changes groups unless absolutely necessary. The reason that we ride in groups is for your safety. We would love for you to grow deep relationships with people in your group.
Breakaway - 16+ mph average
The Breakaway group likes to ride fast and push the pace. They will often be riding in a tight paceline together and taking short turns at the front in order to maximize everyone’s effort. If you regularly ride 30 miles or more with few to no stops and at a quick pace, this is probably the place for you. This group can expect a century (100 mile day) option on each EC tour (where applicable).
Paceline - 14-15 mph average
The Paceline group rides together using the draft to benefit each other. They are riders that might not be “fast” but are steady and consistent. If you have group riding experience, consider yourself a mid-paced rider, and are willing to learn new skills, this is probably the group for you. This group can expect a century (100 mile day) option on each EC tour (where applicable).
Journey Lovers - 12-13 mph average
The Journey Lovers group likes to take breaks for pictures and will probably stop about every 30 minutes. They still ride together, but probably not in a consistently organized paceline. If the century option is not a high priority for you, you prefer a conversational pace, and usually make regular stops while riding, this is probably the group for you. This group may have the opportunity to complete a century(100 mile day) on an EC tour (where applicable).
SEE Train - 10-11 mph average
This group likes to take it slow and easy, with stops around every 20 minutes. They ride together, but not in a paceline and with plenty of room for everyone to feel comfortable. If you have little experience riding in a group, are okay with not riding all the miles on longer days, and generally take lots of breaks when you ride, this is probably the group for you. This group should not expect to have the opportunity to complete a century (100 mile day) on an EC tour.
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.