5 Day - Key West Bike Ride
In Partnership With:
Ends Cycling is inviting Cyclists & Support Staff to our 12th-annual Key West Bike Ride! Come experience sunny, South Florida with us. It's a sight to behold! God's beauty is on display as we traverse 300-miles together, across the Everglades, down Route 1 South, through the beautiful Florida Keys. The route is almost all flat, with the exception of 47 bridges, one of which is 7-miles long! Experience special treats like Key Lime Pie and fun activities like feeding the tarpon at Robbie's Marina. We couldn't possibly invite you on this tour without mentioning the amazing hospitality of our host churches! On this tour, you'll have the opportunity to make new friends, cycle through God's beautiful creation, and change the world for youth in Southeast Asia.
Fort Myers to Key West, FL
SPACE IS LIMITED - The total participants between the 3-day and 5-day KWBR rides are limited to 40 cyclists and 15 Support Staff. There is the possibility of a first-come-first-serve waiting list if the tour begins to get full. As always, your registration will not be complete until payment has been received.
Thursday morning (March 16th), we'll give you a ride back to the JU FL campus in Kissimmee, FL. If you came from the TN campus, back to there as well.
Got questions? Visit our FAQ page or email:
JUFL campus, Dr. Les Hardin at LHardin@JohnsonU.edu or 734-358-1497.
For The Youth Of:
The Reason We Ride...
On this tour, you will be riding for the youth in SE Asia. Our beneficiary ministry there is called In Better Hands. Here is a word from them:
In Better Hands has ministry work in Myanmar, Thailand, and Cambodia. Asia, as a whole is our worlds most populated continent; with 4.6 billion people, that is about 60%
of the global population. Southeast Asia has a tropical climate, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Human trafficking generates over 100 billion dollars annually from more than 46 million slaves globally. Many children and youth in Southeast Asia are trafficked due to political turmoil, strong cultural beliefs, and extreme poverty.
In 2012, God led us to establish In Better Hands because of the epidemic of trafficking in Southeast Asia. In Better Hands have developed both reactive and proactive approaches to help children out of abusive situations and also to protect children from becoming a victim.
We currently operate ten safe homes across the countries of Myanmar, Thailand, and Cambodia for children rescued from abuse and trafficking. This is the child’s new, “forever family.” Whenever possible, we try our best to keep children with their biological family members. Therefore, “Hope for the Village” children remain with biological family members but with financial assistance through In Better Hands, they are better protected from abuse and trafficking. The child remains in school, off the street, and is overseen frequently by our ministry workers. Best of all, the hope and love of Jesus is shared with the entire family.
Our vision is to expand our ministry efforts. To rescue more children and to proactively provide for more children and youth at risk of being trafficked. This is where we need your help! With your prayer and financial dedication to this cycle tour with Ends of the Earth Cycling, we will be able to have the funds available to hire more Asian staff and therefore be able to provide for many more children in Southeast Asia.
For more information, please visit our website: www.InBetterHands.org
Together, we are “Rescuing children for Christ”!
In Better Hands Ministries
What do I get when I Register?
Pre-Field Orientation - March 10 at 1:30p - 7p*
March 11 - 15, 2023
Optional - March 16 - drive back
Christ Community Church
4050 Colonial Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL
Cyclists - $899
Fundraising is included in reg cost
No Fundraising expected
Support Staff - $499
Only 5 days worth of AWESOMENESS!
Well, and a few other things that are listed here.
A trip to Key West!
Your travel cost to Fort Myers
Bike rental (if necessary)
Cost INCLUDES Fundraising Pledge amount. ($250 goes to youth project)
Lodging at local churches every night of the event (hotels are an optional cost to you)
Breakfast and Lunch every day (Dinners are not included)
Pre and post-ride meal
Snacks throughout the event (energy gels, granola bars, fruit, etc.)
Ends Cycling Jersey (cyclists) and T-Shirt
Full-time Event Photographer when possible. (you get free access to the pics after the event!)
A dedicated SAG (Support And Gear) vehicle loaded with water, air pumps, tubes, snacks, etc.
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)
Transportation back to starting line (on designated shuttle times)
Cycling training in orientation
Experienced Group Leaders
*Participants are strongly encouraged to be at the starting location at 1:30pm, 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.
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.
Break Away - 18+ 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 - 16-17 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 - 14-15 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 - 13-14 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.
5-DAY TOUR - Join us on our 12th-annual Key West Bike Ride! Come experience sunny, South Florida with us. It's a sight to behold! God's beauty is on display as we traverse 300-miles through the Everglades and on to Key West. The route is almost all flat, with the exception of 47 bridges, one of which is 7-miles long! Sign up today, as space is limited.