Join us for a very special tour in the most bike-friendly state in the nation. This is a "Climber's Delight" where you’ll experience a rich sampling of Washington’s diverse ecosystems. There’ll be plenty to observe on this tour: Washington’s apple orchards and vineyards, majestic views of Mount Rainier and Mount Baker, salmon runs, mountain goats, and potential Sasquatch sightings (you never know). The route will be in a “horse-shoe” design starting north of Seattle into the Puget Lowland, turning east through the Cascade Range, turning south to Wenatchee, and then turning west to end in Leavenworth.
We’ll begin Day 1 with a ferry crossing to Whidbey Island with enjoyable ascents, descents, and coastal views around Oak Harbor before crossing Deception Pass Bridge back onto the mainland. On Day 2 we’ll have lower elevation along the Skagit River Valley. Day 3 will fulfill all your climbing dreams as we cross the Cascades through Washington Pass on Route 20 with over 5,000 feet of elevation and up-close views of snow-capped mountains. Enjoyable descents will give the legs a rest on Day 4 with a ride along the Columbia River. You’ll be mesmerized by the many shades of desert brown in this arid section. We’ll complete this tour with a Day 5 ride into Leavenworth, a beautifully crafted Bavarian-themed post-card destination resembling an alpine town. Leavenworth is a truly unique small town known for it’s Christmas lights and festivals. With a bratwurst or pretzel in hand, you can celebrate your completion of over 300 miles and 14,000 feet of climbing.
We recommend you fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA - Sea-Tac). Tour participants can be shuttled back to the Seattle area on Thursday, Sep 16th. Out of state travelers should plan to fly in/out of Seattle. We will try to accommodate shuttle needs for any participants who have later day flights on Thursday.
Questions? Visit our FAQ page or email our #WABR2021 Ride Director, Dan Kriel at DanKriel1@gmail.com.
For The Youth Of:
The Reason We Ride...
On this tour, you will be riding for the youth in Ukraine. Our beneficiary ministry there is called Solid Rock Mission. Here is a word from them:
Ukraine has a population of 42 million people and has recently become the fourth fastest shrinking country in the world. Over the last several years around 2 million
people have left the country and most of them are young people leaving with a desire to find a better life in Western Europe.
The Ukrainian youth struggle as they transition from happy, playful children to teenagers with the depressing weight of hopelessness pushing them down. There are many single parent families which often leaves the child alone without any expression of love, care and basic needs. As a result, many of the youth, some as young as 13, turn to alcohol, smoking and drugs. These youth lack vision, purpose in life and few know about God.
For the last 7 years Solid Rock Mission has been working with children and teenagers in Eastern Ukraine where it is especially closed to the Gospel and to Christianity. We see the need for these young people to be transformed into Christ-followers in their youth before the weight of their country’s crisis crashes over them. In the last two years we were able to share the Gospel through our summer camps in 23 locations around Eastern Ukraine with more than 4,000 children in attendance! God is moving in Ukraine.
We want to do more for our older youth! Right now we have a Youth Discipleship School that provides different trainings throughout the year allowing young people the chance to step into their calling and serve in the mission field. We have dreams of putting on a huge camp where we can bring 800-1000 teenagers from all over the country to experience God together.
When riding for Solid Rock Mission you will have the privilege to pray, support and birth vision and life into our youth in Ukraine. Your miles ridden, prayers prayed, and support will set the captives free through inner healing, restoration, discipleship, training and equipping our youth to use their gifts and talents to expand the Kingdom of God.
As Ends Cycling Cyclists, you can make our dream come true and bring 800-1000 youth from all locations to one camp where all of them could experience God.
What do I get when I Register?
Pre-Field Orientation - Sep 10 at 1:30p*
September 11-15, 2021
September 16th - optional drive back to Seattle area
Cyclists - $399
w/ $1000 Fundraising Pledge **
Children 12 & Under - FREE ***
Support Staff - $250
(Fundraising encouraged but
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.
Devotionals (in your email ahead of time)
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 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 - 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.