For the 3rd year in a row, we have felt led by God to host a Wagon Wheel Bike Ride. This is a unique cycling tour concept where we stay setup in 1 location (the hub of the wheel) for all 4 days/5 nights and cycle different routes each day (the spokes of the wheel), always returning back to the hub to sleep at night.
The 2021 Wagon Wheel location is none other than Fort Myers, FL - the very city where our offices are located (inside the main HQ of New International, our sending agency). Justin Hanneken is pleased to serve as co-Ride Director, with his wife, Karena.
Christ Community Church in Ft. Myers has graciously opened their doors (and hearts) to host the cyclists for the 4 days & 5 nights of our Wagon Wheel Bike Ride 2021 (#WWBR2021)
Each day's ride will feature the best routes SW, FL has to offer. In addition to cycling in our normal road cycling groups, we are also going to offer some gravel grinder options for those of you who want to get muddy off-road. In addition, there will be varying distances and difficulties of routes to choose from each day!
Each evening, we'll have praise & worship (with 4 different worship teams), encouraging messages (by 4 different speakers), and hear prayer themes and updates from Ride Nature, about the youth ministry in Nicaragua that we are privileged to #PrayPedalRepeat on behalf of.
Route (subject to change):
Pre Field Orientation (PFO) (Friday, Nov 5th, 2021) - check-in & 10-mile training ride
Day 1 - Nov. 6, 2021
Sanibel Island and/or Captiva Island - enjoy the 3-mile causeway water views! - 50 miles (lots of safe bike paths)
Day 2 - Nov. 7, 2021
Alva / Muse, FL - N. River Road - rural route in "the real Florida" with livestock views and quiet, country roads (50 Miles)
Coffee Shop Ride - afternoon ride (or drive) to our beneficiary North American headquarters, House of Ride Nature - a fun spot to relax in downtown, Ft. Myers (~6 miles to the coffee shop)
Day 3 - Nov. 8, 2021
Treeline Road, (one of the best cycling roads Fort Myers has to offer) with Vanderbilt Beach Option - 74 or 100-mile options
Day 4 - Nov. 9, 2021
Cape Coral/Matlacha (62 mile road ride) or Gravel Grinder (20 or 40 miles) in Cecil Webb - very rural roads await you.
Please pray about joining us on this epic 4-day escape to SW, FL in November 2021. You don't want to miss the fun and will make a big impact on the youth of Nicaragua with our partners: Ride Nature.
This tour is in loving memory of a dear cyclist & friend, Nadine Pileggi.
For The Youth Of:
The Reason We Ride...
On this tour you will be riding for the youth of Nicaragua. Here is a word from our beneficiary ministry there called Ride Nature.
There is no doubt we live in a world of brokenness and it is becoming easier to find individuals that are lost, searching, and without hope. In the action sports world
(surfing, skateboarding, wakeboarding) this couldn’t be more true. If you’ve seen the the “NO SKATEBOARDING” signs around town you can probably imagine the reason behind those and why someone would want to keep skaters away. The action sports industry unfortunately is full of negativity. From drugs, to alcohol, partying, and rebellion. There are roughly 120,000,000 million youth globally a part of the action sports community. For us at Ride Nature, this is our mission field.
Founded in 2009, Ride Nature is an international mission organization that is based out of Fort Myers, FL and working to equip and empower leaders globally with support and resources to utilize action sports as a tool for outreach, evangelism, and discipleship.
We believe that sports are an incredible tool to build relationships and mentor and invest into the lives of the next generation. Since 2010 we have led close to 100 international trips to 27 different countries, and given away close to 4,000 boards to children living in poverty. While we are partnering with leaders around the world, we believe in leading by example in our local community first and foremost. Through regular and consistent outreach here in SWFL we are seeing lives transformed and impacted through the work of Christ.
Over the past 10 years, we have developed countless relationships with leaders all over Latin America. As the organization has grown, it has become difficult to cultivate this number of relationships in a way that we feel called to. In September of 2020 we launched our first international headquarters in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua and have a team there currently serving to help begin training up leaders throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean. The funds raised from this Ends Cycling ride will be used to support this facility, the cost to bring leaders from Latin America countries in to to be trained and discipled, and also our plan of hosting an annual training/conference. We are so grateful to have you #PRAYPEDALREPEAT for the youth of Nicaragua and Latin America!
Ride Nature Ministry
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What do I get when I Register?
Pre-Field Orientation - Nov 5 at 1:30p - 7p*
November 6-9, 2021
(Tour starts and ends at same location)
Christ Community Church
4050 Colonial Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33966
Cyclists - $349
w/ $1000 Fundraising Pledge **
Children 12 & Under - FREE ***
Support Staff - $225
(Fundraising encouraged but
Only 4 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, 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, 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 - 18+ mph average
Paceline - 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 (taking into account elevation). 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.