History & Goals

History

Inspired by 700, 1,000, and 1,200 mile walks led by Millard and Linda Fuller in the 1980’s, Notre Dame graduate Ryan Iafigliola created the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure in 2008 as a way to invite more people into our affordable housing movement. Since our inaugural ride in 2008, the event has covered more than 27,000 miles through 44 U.S. states and one Canadian Province, helped physically renovate or repair over 130 homes, and has raised over $1.3 million for families in need of housing all over the world. Combined all riders have ridden over 600,000 miles for the mission.

In addition to our summer ride, we now have spring and fall rides, which were added to the line-up in 2012 and 2014 respectively to allow more people to join!

Why we Ride

Why do we do it? It’s pretty simple:

1. To spread the word about our ministry
2. To raise money for our ministry’s work
3. To develop Fuller Center partners along the way

The result of the ride is that the homes of real people get built and renovated, the movement expands and all involved can grow in faith, hope and love. We build homes, we build friendships, and we build community.

To learn more about the fascinating history of the Fuller Center itself (rather than the bike rides), head over to the Fuller Center’s history page.

A glimpse at why we ride from the 2012 Spring Ride build day.

As a movement, we like to be flexible in giving people the opportunity to join us, so we invite volunteers to join us for a day, a segment, or the whole way, to come as an individual or to form a team. If those options don’t work, then join us in spirit as a virtual rider. Together, we form The Team of the Bicycle Adventure. Learn more about joining.

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2016 Goals

Our main goal, to grow the movement to end poverty housing, hasn’t changed a bit as we enter into our eighth year. However, here are a few specific goals that we set for this year:

  • 110 riders to join for multi-day lengths
  • Raise $200,000, which would bring our total raised by FCBA to $1,500,000
  • 40+ media stories
  • 50+ new church relationships
  • 4,000 fans of our Facebook page

The impact is larger than we’ll ever know.

Ride-by-Ride History

Take a look back at where we’ve been. It’s been quite an adventure!


SUMMER 20082008 map

San Diego to Savannah: 3,300 miles
Whole way riders: 8
Segment riders: 8
Homes worked on: 7
Total funds raised: $135,000

Bicycle Adventure founder, Ryan Iafigliola, set out on the inaugural adventure with his crew of 8 intrepid adventurers. It was the journey of faith and purpose that started it all!

Photos from the 2008 adventure2008 shirt

 

 

 

 

 


SUMMER 20092009 map

Michigan to Florida: 1,400 miles
Whole way riders: 14
Segment riders: 10
Homes worked on: 12
Funds raised since 2008: $199,000

One year under our belt and we decide to make a slightly shorter journey… but with no less adventure!

Photos from the 2009 adventure

 


SUMMER 20102010 map

Niagara Falls to New Orleans: 2,500 miles
Whole way riders: 6
Segment riders: 21
Homes worked on: 10
Funds raised since 2008: $325,000

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Fuller Center for Housing, founded to help victims of Hurricane Katrina in Shreveport, Louisiana, the Bike Adventure rides the shape of a “5” down the east coast toward New Orleans.

Meet the 2010 Riders 
Photos from the 2010 adventure2010 jersey

 

 

 

 

 

 


 SUMMER 20112011 map

Washington to Washington
(Seattle to D.C.)
: 3,600 miles
Whole way riders: 23
Segment riders: 35
Homes worked on: 12
Funds raised since 2008: $502,000

In 2011 the Bike Adventure headed across the country again, this time under new leadership. As founder Ryan Iafigliola shifted his focus to the Fuller Center’s international programs, Allen Slabaugh stepped in to keep the adventure going.

Meet the 2011 riders
Photos from the 2011 adventure


SPRING 2012SpringRoute

In 2012 the Bike Adventure took a big leap with the addition of the Spring Ride in March!

Natchez Trace Spring Ride: 400 miles
Spring riders: 25
Homes worked on: 5
Funds raised since 2008: $535,000

The Bike Adventure selected the Natchez Trace Parkway for the beautiful biking (it was named one of America’s ten best biking routes by ESPN!) but we were met with even greater love and hospitality, and more opportunities to serve those in need of a simple decent place to live. By the end of the week on the Trace it was decided that this week-long ride should become an annual event.

Meet the 2012 Spring Riders
Photos from the 2012 Spring Ride


SUMMER 2012

East and West Coasts: 3,700 miles2012 map
Whole way riders: 30
Segment riders: 24
Homes worked on: 4
Funds raised since 2008: $683,000

In another leap of faith the bike adventurers embarked on two consecutive rides in the summer of 2012, starting the summer riding from Maine to Key West then skipping to the west coast to bike from Seattle to San Diego. Following the west coast ride, trip leader Allen Slabaugh decided to move on to his life’s next adventure and in the fall of 2012 Bike Adventure veteran, Melissa Merrill, took the lead.

Meet the 2012 Summer Riders
Photos from the 2012 Adventure


SPRING 20132013 jersey

Natchez Trace Spring Ride: 400 miles
Spring riders: 29
Homes worked on: 2
Funds raised since 2008: $711,000

As promised, the Spring Ride down the Natchez Trace Parkway happened again in March of 2013. We were blessed with the added joy of visiting with old friends we met along the route last year, and promises to come back again!

Meet the 2013 Spring Riders
Photos from the 2013 Spring Ride


SUMMER 20132013 map

Savannah to Vancouver: 3,700 miles
Whole way riders: 15
Segment riders: 22
Homes worked on: 18
Funds raised since 2008: $826,000

The 2013 Bike Adventure headed across the United States again, crossing our first international border on the final day of the ride to finish in Vancouver, British Columbia!

Meet the 2013 riders
Photos from the 2013 adventure


SPRING 20142014 jersey

Natchez Trace Spring Ride: 400 miles
Spring riders: 36
Homes worked on: 11
Funds raised since 2008: $861,000

We enjoyed our third annual ride on the beautiful Natchez Trace. The weather was very cold, but it brought us together!  It was also the first ride sponsored by Cafe Campesino.

Meet the 2014 Spring riders
Photos from the 2014 Spring Ride 


SUMMER 20142014 map

Atlantic City to Astoria: 3,600 miles
Whole way riders: 18
Segment riders:39
Homes worked on: 25
Funds raised since 2008: $1,064,000

In 2014 the Bike Adventure traveled all the way across the Northern United States for the first time ever.  Along the way the riders stopped and helped the most Covenant partners of any route yet and they celebrated when the Bike Adventure met their one million dollar fundraising goal.

Meet the 2014 riders
Photos from the 2014 adventure


FALL 2014Silver Comet map

Silver Comet Fall Ride: 165/128 miles
Fall Riders: 36
Funds raised since 2008: $1,069,000

The first annual Silver Comet fall ride featured a fun two-day weekend event that felt like a family reunion with so many returning riders. We camped overnight at the Chief Ladiga Trail Campground in Piedmont, AL. The first year was a great success and a great way for some new riders to get to know the FCBA experience.

 


SPRING 2015

Natchez Trace Spring Ride: 400 miles
Spring riders: 35
Homes worked on: 4
Funds raised since 2008: $1,112,000

We enjoyed our fourth annual ride on the beautiful Natchez Trace. Holding it in April for the first time, the weather was beautiful and the fields were literally full of flowers — blues, yellows, whites, and reds. We love visiting many of the same churches year after year.

Meet the 2015 Spring riders
Photos from the 2015 Spring Ride 


SUMMER 2015

Oceanside, CA to Portland, ME: 4,000 milesMap Summer with words 2015 - resized 2 copy
Whole way riders: 23
Segment riders: 50
Homes worked on: 25
Funds raised since 2008: $1,308,000

In 2015 the Bike Adventure traveled the furthest it has ever been, 4,000 miles over 10 weeks.  Along the way the riders stopped and helped on six planned builds, and a few more impromptu ones as well. The riders raised about $220,000 pushing the total to-date to over $1.3 million.

Meet the 2015 riders
Photos from the 2015 adventure


springride2016SPRING 2016

Natchez Trace Spring Ride: 400 miles
Spring riders: 36
Homes worked on: 4
Funds raised since 2008: $1, 358,000

Our fifth annual ride on the beautiful Natchez Trace was full of camaraderie, scenic views, and excellent church hosts. We loved seeing the familiar faces with Covenant Partners and church hosts alike as we took in the beautiful Southeast!


SUMMER 2016

Seattle, WA to Washington, DC: 3,600 milesmap-summer-2016-facebook-ad
Whole Way Riders: 36
Segment Riders: 60
Homes Worked On: 24
Funds raised since 2008: $1,620,000

In 2016 the Bike Adventure elected to take its first ever repeat route, paying homage to 2011. We also had record interest in the ride, allowing us to split into two groups for the first time to allow for maximum participation!  Along the way the riders stopped and helped on six builds in Spokane, WA, Kellogg, ID, Craig, CO, Peoria, IL, Indianapolis, IN, and Springfield, OH. The riders raised over $300,900 shattering our goal of $200,000!