After 8 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, 140 miles, FL-Keys-Only portion of our 9th 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? Visit our FAQ page or email our 3-day KWBR2020 Ride Director, Matt Miller at MMiller@EndsCycling.com
For The Youth Of:
The Reason We Ride...
On this tour, you will be riding for the youth in Romania. Our beneficiary ministry there is called Missio International. Here is a word from them:
Even though the Romanian Revolution was in December 1989, the effects of Communism can still be seen today in the rural areas of Romania. With these socio-
economic conditions, Romania is second in the top countries-of-origin (the country where a trafficked person came from before being trafficked) for victims of human trafficking in the EU, with our service area being the highest in Romania.
Those who live in rural or marginalized areas and those with little-to-no education are the most susceptible to fall into the hands of traffickers. Our Children-At-Risk programs currently serve over 750 marginalized children annually, meeting the spiritual and material needs of the neediest of all - the at risk children and youth.
Through our programs and services we want to be the hands and feet of Jesus to end the cycle of child abuse, exploitation, illiteracy, and poverty, in order for them to have a better life and a brighter future.
By joining Ends Cycling on this tour, you will be raising prayers, awareness and funds to combat the injustices happening in Romania and spread the word about our need for short-term teams. We are thankful that through joining this Ends Cycling tour, you are partnering with us to provide continuous prayers and support for these precious at-risk children in Jesus Name.
What do I get when I Register?
Pre-Field Orientation - March 22 at 3:30p *
March 23-25, 2020
Optional - March 26 - drive you back to Homestead or Fort Myers, FL.
Christ's Corner Church
17700 SW 280th St.
Homestead, FL 33031
Cyclists - $210
w/ $1000 Fundraising Pledge **
Children 12 & under - FREE ***
Support Staff - $150
(Fundraising encouraged but
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, 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)
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.
Water bottle (for cyclists only)
Transportation back to starting line
Airport transportation (where applicable)
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 - 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.
***We love for families to get involved together! The parent is expected to be present during the whole week. It is recommended that children under age 15 participate in a Support Staff role. Children 12 and under are FREE (unless otherwise noted - example: a Super Family Friendly type tour with kid activities, events, that would have an additional cost, etc.).
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. 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.
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.