About The Ride
April 21 – 30, 2017
As promised, the Spring Ride is back again! The ride has been so popular that we’ve made it an annual event, continuing the tradition of cycling and volunteering, of putting faith into action, and of working to break the cycle of poverty with each stroke of the pedal.
This week-long, 400-mile ride down the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway will allow riders the opportunity to enjoy what ESPN rated as one of America’s ten best biking roads while contributing to the eradication of poverty housing. Riders can indulge in a brief hiatus from busy lifestyles as they leisurely wind through the picturesque countryside of Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.
As with every Fuller Center Bike Adventure, this event is not just about riding. In addition to focusing on raising funds and awareness for our Fuller Center projects all over the world, we will live out the mission with two build days this year. Join us for what is sure to be an amazing week! We want our riders to understand the risks of long-distance cycling.
View our slideshow called “What’s My Risk?” here.
Why We Ride
The idea for a Spring Ride arose in the summer of 2011 when the Bike Adventure’s founder Ryan Iafigliola participated in a historic return visit to Millard Fuller‘s first international project – in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Here was a nation plagued by a long history of almost unimaginably horrific tragedy, and yet where a hope was born that continues to inspire the world. Standing amidst that ironic tension, the idea for this new ride began to form.
More than a bike ride, it would be an invitation to join as the hands and feet of Jesus in providing hope and opportunities to the poor, tragedy-stricken, and war-torn places of the world. Read more about the inspiration here.