vermont bike ride
For the Youth Of Malawi
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Five states, five days, and five unique experiences. While the route is flat, windy, and hot, it includes gorgeous views for miles, starry skies, lakes and livestock, and wide-open spaces. Join us on this multi-state adventure, complete with hospitable host churches, small-town communities, authentic barbecue, and New Mexico flair (did someone say green chiles?).
Ever ride in five states in five days? On this tour, we’ve got flatlands (Rita Blanca Grasslands to be specific), mountains, canyons, and even dinosaurs! This low-traffic, desolate tour is rich in history, relatively low in elevation, and filled with authentic food.
TX, NM, OK, CO, KS
Day 1 takes us through Palo Duro Canyon, the second-largest canyon in the U.S. We’ll ride the switchbacks into the valley, see the multi-colored rock face of the canyon, and tackle the climb back out.
Though we’ll still be in Texas, day two will finish in Dalhart, with a Braum’s Ice Cream option at lunch-time. A 92 mile day, cyclists will have the option to ride eight miles around town to earn their Ends Cycling Centurion patches.
On day three, we’ll start to see some mountains as we make our way toward Clayon, New Mexico. In addition to engaging with a welcoming host community, we will take a journey to the mountains to see dinosaur tracks overlooking a stunning lake scene. First Baptist Church is especially excited to host us!
Day four takes us from Dinosaur Land, New Mexico, to Boise City Oklahoma. After riding through more flatlands and grasslands, each team will have the option to take an eighteen-mile rolling trek to the Colorado state line, hitting the fourth state of the tour.
For our final day, we’ll take a short forty-five-mile ride to the finish line in Elkhart, Kansas, the fifth and final state of the Five Corners Bike Ride. We’ll have debrief, dinner, and worship, before exploring the vast expanse that features the Sante Fe Trail, journeyed by thousands of travelers in the 1800s.
For The Youth Of:
The Reason We Ride...
On this tour, you will be riding for the youth in Malawi. Our beneficiary ministry there is called, New Life Ministries. Here is a word from them:
1) Share a little about your country:
Malawi is an independent country in the Southern part of Africa with a total population of 18.63 million, however, it is one of the poorest countries in the world with an income poverty line of $1.90 a day. Problems with the agricultural sector and diseases such as HIV AIDS are the main reason why Malawi is so poor.
2. What is the need/problem in your city/country? (Explain the problem in no more than 2-3 sentences.)
Youth and children represent 80% of the population of Malawi. About 30 percent of the vulnerable children/youth live on less than a dollar/day. It is very difficult for both children and youth to find food and the necessary resources to pursue an education. Additionally, there is a great need for adults to help at-risk youth become self-reliant.
3. How is your ministry working to meet that need/problem? (Explain what YOUR MINISTRY is doing to combat the problem.)
Currently, New Life ministry holds an after-school care program at the church Max pastors. 60 children and youth come twice a week for tutoring, help with reading and writing, games, and Bible stories. When the funds are available they also provide much-needed food for the children. Currently, they are only able to do this a few times a month, but they would like to provide this meal every time the students come. Additionally, many children and youth struggle to purchase their uniforms and materials. If New Life had the necessary resources they would help with these needs.
Max also has a dream to open his church to local youth twice a week for vocational training. He would like to provide welding, carpentry, and cosmetology training so that the youth are able to earn an income that will provide for themselves and their families.
Additionally, Max is a certified youth ministry trainer and holds youth ministry leadership trainings for local volunteers and pastors. His hope is that as there are more trained youth workers, young people will grow in their faith and also learn the necessary life skills to flourish.
4. Why do you need us to ride for you? (Explain what YOUR MINISTRY'S need is.)
We are currently unable to provide for the food and education needs of the children and youth in our after-school program. We would like to feed them twice a week. It costs approximately 200/week to feed our 60 children. We are also unable to provide all of the educational resources that they need.
We also need the start-up funds to purchase the necessary tools for the vocational training. We need to purchase a welding machine and the necessary tools and protective gear. We also need to purchase timber, saws, hammers, chisels, and the like for the carpentry program. Additionally, we need to purchase the shears, combs, and hair products for the cosmetology program.
Finally, the costs to travel to different places to hold youth ministry leadership trainings and the training manual printing cost is very high in Malawi. Max is unable to cover these costs himself in order to offer this much-needed training.
5. How can we partner with you to meet those needs and be a part of changing the lives of youth in your city/country? (Explain how WE (Ends Cycling riders) can help you meet your needs.)
Our prayer is that with the prayers and funds of Ends Cycling the children and youth of our community will be able to flourish as they are fed, have greater access to education, are trained to earn an income and experience the love and message of Christ through the trained youth volunteers who are serving them.
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.
New Life Ministries
What do I get when I Register?
Pre-Field Orientation - March 19 at 1:30p - 7p*
March 20 - 24, 2021
Optional - March 25 - drive you back to Fort Myers
Christ Community Church
4050 Colonial Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL
Cyclists - $349
w/ $1000 Fundraising Pledge **
Support Staff - $225
(Fundraising encouraged but
Children 12 & Under - FREE ***
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)
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 (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.
***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.
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.