23 Riders 5 Support Volunteers
Henry Downes, 23
2017 Natchez Trace Trip Leader
Returning 2015 and 2016 Fuller Center Cyclist
Riding across the country with FCBA in 2016 was the best decision I’ve ever made. I was a graduate student when I began in Seattle, but had decided to become a volunteer with the Fuller Center by the time we finished in Washington, D.C.! I honestly couldn’t pull myself away from the wonderful mission and community that had been such an integral part of my summer experience.
Now, I want to contribute in some meaningful way to helping people have that same experience for themselves. So…here I am, back for more! I’ll be leading the cross-country ride (San Francisco, CA to Savannah, GA), which is sure to be a beautiful route, with lots of good people and plenty of build days. It’s easy to see why I’m thankful every morning that I get to do this for a living!
Hi Fuller Center Bike Adventurers, my name is Connor, and I will be Co-Leading the 2017 Spring Ride this year. I am a second year Trip Leader with the Fuller Center, having led the Spring, Summer, and Fall in 2016.
It has been an absolute honor and privilege to lead rides this past year, and I have grown closer to the person I want to be through the fellowship of the FCBA community. The opportunity to dedicate myself to a cause that I am passionate about, all the while riding my bike all over the country, has been an incredible blessing!
I’ve been cycling 30+ years and recently retired to the Piedmont Triad area of NC. I have had the opportunity to visit many amazing places and have many wonderful experiences because of bicycling, including riding across the US in 2013. This is my first year doing a Fuller Center ride and I’m looking forward to this trip as a way to give back for all the great experiences I’ve had and using my love of bicycling as a means to help others.
I have recently participated in two Fuller Center Trips to Haiti and one to Nicaragua. I am planning another building trip to Haiti in 2017.
Brian Niedert, 43
Fundraising Goal: $4,500 – towards building a house in Haiti
I am a retired farmer from N/W Iowa who didn’t take up biking until I was over 60. Bike riding is something I really enjoy. I have ridden several cross state rides but my favorite ride by far is the Fuller Center Bike rides. The Fuller Center rides are riding with a purpose and meeting great people where become like a family. This will be my third Spring ride and plan to continue as long as the Lord gives strength.
Diane Bies, 61
Returning 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 Rider
Fundraising Goal: $1000
Kim Kegler, 43
2017 Spring Rider
Greenville, South Carolina
Fundraising Goal: $750
I am Geezerman from Geezerville, CO, and this will be my seventh consecutive year riding with FCBA. I have ridden all of the previous Spring Rides, and ridden or supported the summer rides since 2011. Obviously I am hooked on and love FCBA and their mission, the people I ride with, the churches that open their doors for us, and the people we all help.
My son Matthew, granddaughter Harper, and grandson Judah have all ridden with me, and my wife Lois has supported with me, making those events extra special.
Tony Campbell, 69
Returning 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Rider
Fundraising Goal: $1000
Since 2001 my wife Mary and I have been traveling in our motor-home (living in it full time the last 11 years) and building with Habitat for Humanity’s RV Care-A-Vanners and the Fuller Center RV Builders. I also enjoyed several week-long rides like the Michagander and GOBA. To celebrate my 60th birthday in 2007 I decided to bike the Natchez Trace Parkway on my own. Who knew that the following year I would be riding cross-country with the first FCBA? Only 8 of us did the whole way that year, now there are multiple rides! I’ve been able to participate for a day to a week most years, but never the full Spring Ride until last year. And I want to do it again. What a fun way to raise funds and awareness for the mission of eliminating poverty housing.