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Texas Bike Ride
Come And Ride It!
TOUR COMPLETE... Howdy fellow endurance rider! Come join us for a ride to remember, deep in the heart of Texas. Our route will cover roughly 400 miles in six days in a clockwise loop that will start and finish in San Antonio.
We will kick start our ride from our host church near Fort Sam Houston with a few warm up miles on the Salado Creek Bike Trail before enjoying a full fledged Fiesta Celebration and brunch at an outdoor venue. Once you’ve been thoroughly inspired and satiated, it’ll be time to get down to the business at hand.
The first three days of the tour will be in the Texas Hill Country over hill peaks and through river valleys. There will be enough climbs to keep you honest but you’ll also be rewarded with fast and twisty downhill stretches. We will complete day one in Boerne, a town that was formed in the mid nineteenth century. The last decade has seen it become evermore part of suburbia, however much of its small-town Hill Country charm has remained intact.
Day two will be another exciting day of rolling hills and river crossings as we make our way to Kerrville. We will start by heading westward toward Bandera, a town that identifies itself as the Cowboy Capitol of Texas. While the self-given title may be somewhat of a Texas brag, the town’s old western charm remains self-evident. From there we turn northward for the second half of the riding day that will conclude with several miles on paved trails along the Guadalupe River.
Day two is also our tour’s1-Day ride option for our fellow cycling enthusiasts who may not be able to join us for the entire tour but who want to get a taste of some of the best elements that this cycling extravaganza has to offer. (Please click the 1-Day Riders tab for more information about this option.) With our day’s riding complete, we are still in for a special treat: We will gather that evening at the Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden to enjoy a spectacular hilltop sunset and celebrate the goodness of our God as we enjoy the musical and artistic talents of several guest performing artists.
Day three will be our 100 mile challenge for our paceline and breakaway riding groups. The first 30 miles are predominantly along seldom traveled roads within working ranches complete with cattle guard crossings on the way up to the German-influenced town of Fredericksburg.
Our Journey Lovers and See Train group riders will start the riding portion of the day from Fredericksburg. Don’t worry, you have your work cut out for you too as it is still 70 miles to the Canyon Lake Dam where we will complete the day. Be encouraged, as providence would have it, there is a net decrease in elevation to make our longest cycling day just a little more tolerable. As an added incentive to get-er-done, your riding legs would probably appreciate a soak in the cool waters of the Guadalupe River if you elect to finish the day off with another Texas tradition: Tubing!
Day four will start by navigating River Road that will include four crossings of the Guadalupe River. This part of the ride will bring us down from the hills and into the coastal plains. Spring is the absolutely best time to put in the rolling miles in this part of Texas. The weather is temperate and the fields will be a vibrant array of purples, pinks, yellows and oranges with the wild flowers in full bloom. We will finish the day in Gonzales, a town known as the birthplace of Texas independence. For the history buffs amongst y’all, there is plenty in the town to see and do to discover a bit about the history of the Republic of Texas and our nation’s formation.
Day five will serve up some gentle rural rolling miles through a wildflower wonderland. We will then overnight in Sutherland Springs with the church community that just three short years ago was shook by the largest mass shooting in Texas's history. Through the miracle-working power of God, individuals and the church body healed and is now five times the size of what it was on the day of the tragedy.
On the last day of the tour we will make our way back to San Antonio from the South. You will be treated to cycling Mission Trail along the San Antonio River and visiting a collection of 1700s Spanish Missions. We will make a cameo stop at the Alamo, the Mission where in 1836 a group of “interesting" and resolute men took a last stand and changed the course of Texas and US history. We will then proceed back to the host church were we kicked off the ride to celebrate and debrief a mission accomplished.
If you’re still reading this, then something must have piqued your interest. Don’t just think about it; Come and Ride It! So long neighbor, we’ll see you on the trail.
Come And Ride It!
For The Youth Of:
The Reason We Ride...
On this tour, you will be riding for the youth in Cambodia. Our beneficiary ministry there is called Legacy of Hope International (LOHI). Here is a word from them:
Cambodia is a beautiful country but still recovering from the devastation of genocide.
In the 1970’s, nearly a quarter of Cambodia’s population died under the Khmer Rouge. At one point they sought to kill off the educated but in many places that were once dark places around Cambodia, hope is springing up.
One such place of transformed hope is at Legacy of Hope International (LOHI). LOHI was founded in 2005 and their school hub is located in the city of Battambang. That property, acquired in 2005, was formerly used as a brothel but has been bought and redeemed into a place of transformation. The school provides education at a low-cost because they believe everyone should be offered the opportunity to learn. There is also a dorm that houses 35 youth, many who are at-risk of being trafficked. Those youth are provided a quality education, food, a family, and a safe place where they can learn about the love of Christ. LOHI also expands beyond the city with the goal of seeing more lives in Cambodia transformed by the gospel. LOHI does this by providing literacy centers in villages and theological training for rural church leaders.
Our goal is to use the prayers and funds raised through your partnership efforts to build more schools, train more leaders, and see more lives transformed by the gospel. The needs are great, and the possibilities are limitless. Please join Ends of the Earth Cycling and #PrayPedal Repeat to provide education for the youth of Cambodia.
Legacy Of Hope International
What do I get when I Register?
Pre-Field Orientation -April 8th at 1:30p*
April 9-14, 2021
Tour finishes at the starting location
Bethany United Methodist Church
4102 Eisenhauer Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78218
w/ $1000 Fundraising Pledge **
Support Staff $250
(Fundraising encouraged but
Only 6 days worth of AWESOMENESS!
Well, and a few other things that are listed here.
A place to stay every night of the event (we are aiming to set up host churches, but tent camping is our back up option)
Energy Gel throughout the event
Custom Ends Cycling Jersey! (by Primal – no jersey for support staff)
Ends Cycling T-Shirt
Swag Bag (with several surprises)
Your gear transported from city to city in support vehicles
Corporate worship every night
Custom Thank You cards to send to all of your supporters
Water bottle (for cyclists only)
Airport transportation (where applicable)
FUN & Surprises
Finish Line Pizza Party
*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.
**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, go 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.
Break Away - 16+ mph average
Paceline - 14-15 mph average
Journey Lovers - 12-13 mph average
SEE Train - 10-11 mph average
D Group - >9mph 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.